'Big Love' Gives Alby Big Gay Love

The Big Love people probably didn't mean it, but it's timing of a looming gay storyline for Alby (Matt Ross) is ever so opportune, that is, vis-Ã -vis Adam Lambert's explosive AMA performance which has put the spotlight on the homosexuality debate once again.

Entertainment Weekly reports that some Big Love is up for the HBO drama's closeted villain.

The character, says Big Love co-creator and executive producer Will Scheffer, is "being groomed for an incredible season."

"Alby's boyfriend, Dale (Benjamin Koldyke), is appointed head of the UEB -- a trustee," adds co-creator Marc Olsen. "They stumble into a relationship, and this guy is [just like Alby] struggling with his urges. He's been going to [reparative therapy] for several years... unsuccessfully. Alby is going as well."

Yes, praying the gay away is part of perceived "solution" to the "problem" of homosexuality in the Big Love universe, but it's going to be sober, and still part of the Mormon culture.

"There's a provocative nature to what we're doing," Olsen says. "We're highlighting certain aspects of the church's relationship with its gay members that I think, as the story unfolds, is going to cause no [small] amount of controversy."

As for the actor who plays Alby, Scheffer explains that Matt Ross is "in the middle of a career-defining season." In other words, a compelling storyline such as this will be pivotal to his career. "We gave him a great story, and he's delivering with the kind of performance that is astonishing," offers Olsen.

Creepy Alby is a hard-line member of the fictional polygamist group United Effort Brotherhood and is one of the many sons of "Prophet" Roman Grant (Harry Dean Stanton). He's not exactly fond of Bill (Bill Paxton), and he had a little bomb mishap in the third season.

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