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Gays of Our Lives: The Padre’s New Lover?

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In this new edition of Gays of Our Livesit’s the moment of truth for Lari and Elias on Secret Lives. Will these boys stop torturing themselves (and the audience) and finally get together? While on General HospitalLucas and Brad’s wedding is underway, but mob drama could spoil the big event. And on UK drama Holby City, Dom mourns Arthur, but his grief could put a patient at risk. Plus, on Coronation StreetTodd and Billy struggle with their feelings for one another, but will a kidnapping be a game changer? All this – and more!

PICKS AND PANS

Coronation Street (U.K.)

vlcsnap-2016-06-12-18h40m30s270Honestly, I never really expected Billy to actually have real feelings for Todd. I just didn’t think the show would go there mostly because it doesn’t make a lot of sense. What we’ve seen on screen wouldn’t make you think that Billy had any feelings for Todd other than friendship.

I mean, they only started really spending anytime together over the past few weeks and we’re to think that Billy fell out of love with Sean and in love with Todd in that time? Daniel Brocklebank (Billy) said in a recent interview that there’s no reason why Billy would fall for Todd and he’s right.

I think Billy and Todd make an intriguing couple. They have chemistry and they are certainly more interesting than Sean and Todd even though the writing doesn’t support the story. I guess going forward Todd is going to struggle with his feelings for the vicar only to eventually give in. And then they’ll deal with the fallout of everyone finding out.

It’s really not how I wanted the story to go, but since this is where we are, I’ll go with it. There is a lot of potential in a romance between the vicar and the bad boy. Let’s hope from now on the show does a better job at telling it.


EastEnders (U.K.)

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 1.13.54 PMI’m surprised the show broke up Lauren and Steven so quickly.  But I guess that means he’ll be hooking up with Johnny that much sooner. LOL….

Lauren’s reasons for breaking up with Steven seemed kind of lame to me. It came across to me that she wanted out and was looking for a reason to get rid of him.

I’m glad Paul came around to accepting that Les likes to crossdress. I know it might be a strange thing, but Pam needs to get over herself as well. It’s the only way to stop Babe’s blackmail.  Besides, Les clearly isn’t going too get rid of Christine. It’s a part of him that he needs to express. Pam is going to have to accept her husband’s other side or end the marriage.

It’s nice seeing Paul and Ben happy. I loved that beard scene. It was hilarious.

OTHER SCENES

(238) Johnny, Ben & Paul 10.6.2016


Emmerdale (U.K.)

Chas being pregnant is ridiculous. Gordon and Chas were last together months ago. If she were pregnant, she’d be showing by now. Dumb plot point just to create drama with Emma.

vlcsnap-2016-06-12-15h45m29s862So after all that drama with Emma lying about being seriously ill she’s back at home basically because her family was impressed by the job she did as a nurse? All is forgiven? What was the point of the story? She’ll just lie again when it suits her. I wonder how soon they’ll find out about her trashing the pub (again) and driving Chas into therapy? They’ll probably forgive her for that too.

I liked that scene with Lisa and Ronnie. I’d enjoy it if they became friends. She needs that more than she needs a new man. But Sam trying to matchmake was hilarious and so not subtle. And I loved the look on Bernice’s face when she heard about Ronnie. Classic.

Lawerence is such a closet case. He couldn’t even think of having sex with his wife until he got freaked out after spending too much time with Ronnie. And even then he couldn’t perform. And given that and that he’s always refused to have sex with Bernice (nor was he having regular sex with his previous wife), I don’t see how she can then be shocked to find out her husband is queer.

It’s looking like the show is eventually going to put Lawrence and Ronnie together or at least have them deal with their messy past. There’s obviously still some feelings left between them. I think I’d like it if Lawrence and Ronnie got back together and became an ongoing couple. You never see older gay characters on television anywhere.


General Hospital (US)

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 5.14.17 PMNobody picked up Lucas from the hospital? Where the hell was Brad?

I’m not religious at all, but I thought Lucas was forcing Griffin to justify and apologize for his faith and I didn’t like it. It’s no different than Lucas having to justify being gay. You shouldn’t have to do either. And I really don’t buy these two are supposed to be close friends, mostly because it took place off screen and what we’ve seen on screen comes off as shallow.

Commissioner Ashford is stunning. Even I noticed.

Will the guys be allowed to get married this time around or will someone else’s drama ruin things again?  Probably the third time will be the charm.

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Anthony D. Langford

I watch a lot of television, probably too much. But can you really watch too much TV? I've yet to find out. Anyway, I especially love TV when they give us positive portrayals of gays, something that has gotten better but we're still fighting for. I've written about gays in television for many years first at the much missed After Elton, then New Now Next and now at TV Source. It's kind of a passion of mine and I look forward to sharing it with you.

  • Maya

    Re: Corrie. I agree with you that it started kinda weird. Billy having feelings for Todd didn’t make much sense. Sure, they grew closer but how would we know it was anything other than a friendship? There was no indication of that at all. On the other hand, Todd having feelings for Billy makes more sense. Anyway, I think much of the reason for this is because the actor playing Billy said in an interview he had many stage directions (hand on shoulder, looks etc), but he didn’t play any of them. He wanted it to be a surprise to the audience when Billy revealed his feelings. I respect his decision, but for me it would have made more of an impact if he had played those stage directions, anyway, just my opinion.

  • Hue-Man

    CBC is just now showing the Billy/Sean break-up. It is truly awful in the unfair way it treats both characters. The show has never been nice to Sean but the treatment of Billy is criminal. He hides his brother because it might make BILLY look bad. He repeatedly lies to Sean. The actual break-up must be one of the most lifeless in the history of break-ups – no reason, no emotion, no pushback. And to have Billy miraculously “fall for” Todd in the next scene is not just unexpected but completely irrational, given the behaviour of Todd this past year.

    I would summarize what I think Coronation Street writers believe about gay men but I’m far too polite. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see another gay-killing train – Corrie has form.

  • Peter J4

    I agree with you about the pathetic angle of other people being to blame for Ste’s latest relapse. They did an awful job of setting this up – the scene where Cameron pretended to be high was laughably bad (I was laughing the whole time) – and there was no real motivation for him to get onto a drug he knows is so deadly. He also would have known Cameron obviously wasn’t high. I also thought the scene of him spitting into James’ food was just plain irresponsible and dangerous, because people with HIV and AIDS face so much job discrimination, and now a lot of people will see this scene and assume it’s commonplace behavior. The show has a responsibility.

    Sad to say the only part I enjoyed was James making Harry pick up silverware so he could ogle his ass (I still say James and Harry would be a much better couple than Ste and Harry), and Tony’s reaction to realizing they slept together (“he’s even older than you [Ste]!”)

    Daniel Brocklebank said he didn’t want to play any scenes with Todd in a way that would betray Billy’s feelings for Sean, which meant he chose not to play scenes as staring into Todd’s eyes or having a hand on his shoulder, etc. While I do understand his choice, it does make his love for Todd more out of nowhere. I don’t understand why this story has been so rushed. An affair between Todd and Billy that built over time would have made more sense to me. I just hope if they are going to be a couple it will be properly explored, as the actors work well together.

    I don’t really blame Bernice for being upset. She admitted she has a history with gay men, but Lawrence is also someone who repeatedly insisted that he was not interested in any kind of sexual relationship. As far as she knew, he wasn’t. So for him to not only have these big romantic feelings for a man, but to then initiate sex with her (or try, anyway) because of this man – I can see why she’s so upset.