The Best of TV/ Film

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This February on Logo, get hooked on a groundbreaking new competition dating series— Transamerican Love Story—centered on transgender activist, artist, actress and author Calpernia Addams. Transamerican Love Story follows openly transgender Addams as she whittles down a group of eight bachelors, living together in a Los Angeles-area home, with the help of her best friend and fellow transgender activist Andrea James. The show is hosted by comedian and actor Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives) and will also feature online voting at logoonline.com, allowing viewers to express who they think should be eliminated.

Now at Film Forum, watch Cate Blanchett cross-dress to play one “version” of the infamous folk singer Bob Dylan’s many lives in I’m Not There. Along with Blanchett, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Christian Bale all take a crack at Dylan; Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams and Charlotte Gainsbourg appear as some of his women in this acclaimed film by Todd Haynes. But it is Blanchett as Dylan circa 1965 and as the post-acoustic guitar rocker, who captures our imagination and runs with it at breakneck speed.

The infinitely touching holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, screens at the IFC Center beginning Dec 19. Don’t miss your chance to watch Stewart rediscover the joy and beauty of life (and Christmas) on the big screen. This one will leave even the biggest Grinch a sobbing, smiling mess.

And of course, Jan 6, tune in to Showtime for the return of our favorite Hollywood-hot lesbian posse with The L Word’s Season 5 premiere. Because the only thing more fun than stirring up your own lesbian drama is watching somebody else’s.