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Gays of our Lives: You Just Need Some Jesus

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In this week’s Gays of Our Livesa new prime time soap debuts in the form of Greenleafwhich looks at the sin and scandal surrounding a wealthy black family who run a megachurch. Murder, embezzlement and a secret gay are just a few of the plots in this show that co-stars Oprah Winfrey. Plus prime time guilty pleasure The Haves and The Have Nots is back. And we just wanna know: is Jeffery gonna hook up with the sexy cop? Jeffery has already grabbed the guy’s crotch and some of us consider that foreplay! Also, Lucas and Brad get married on General Hospitalthe latest on Hollyoaks, People of the Valley, Emmerdale – and so much more.

PICKS AND PANS

Animal Kingdom (U.S.)

This show does not skimp on showing off the male flesh. I like it. All these boys are hot. I especially love the scene where Craig comes out of the bedroom naked to yell at his mother and she ends up planting a very lengthy kiss right on his lips. J’s expression was hilarious. Even better is that Craig proceeds to have a cup of coffee as if standing naked in front of the entire family is just another morning.

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However, the last thing I want to see, in light of recent real world developments, is a closet case beating up someone in order to hide his sexuality, as Deran did when J caught him with that trick in the bathroom.  But I guess it’s a relevant part of the story. And John Wells did such a good job with gay characters when he was helming Southland that I’ll go with it. But I do hope we don’t get anymore scenes like that.

About that scene there is no way J didn’t know what was really going on. The guy had his pants down and Deran was nearly undressed himself. I’m wondering what Deran might do to J in order to keep his secret. Deran nearly running J over was clearly a warning to keep quiet.

Ellen Barkin is really very good as the mother who has no boundaries when it comes to running her son’s lives. And it seems like there’s some sexual inappropriateness going on between her and at least one of her sons. Too bad the none of the brothers aren’t hooking up though. Now that would be hot.

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The show might want to work on continuity though. J got his lip cut in the first episode, but that cut was gone in the scene at the school in the second episode. But later in the same episode, the cut was there again.

I’m enjoying the show though. It’s well done and well acted. And the characters are interesting. I just hope that Deran’s storyline gets the same depth and exploration that the other stories do. Thur far it has not.


Coronation Street (U.K.)

picture_00031Well, the triangle is officially on. Todd is clearly jealous at seeing Billy and Sean back together. I really don’t want Todd to try and steal Billy though. I just don’t want Todd to be the bad guy in this. Though an affair is inevitable, I guess.

And I don’t think this is the last we’ve seen of Lee. Thanks to Sarah’s babbling, eventually he’ll put the pieces together and figure out Sarah killed Callum and everyone has been helping to cover it up.  No doubt some blackmailing is ahead.


EastEnders (U.K.)

Something that has bothered about the story from the start was that I’ve always felt that the family made light of Bobby murdering his sister. The gravity of it seemed to escape everyone in their need to protect Bobby. Even this week, Ian says: ‘Lucy couldn’t be there to support Bobby’? WTF!? He killed her!

But at least he and Jane couldn’t take anymore and finally realized that Bobby going to jail was the right thing to do for everyone. I liked that Ian went off on Bobby and told him he needs to pay for what he did. It was a long time in coming.

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The judge did the right thing, especially noting that Bobby’s violent behaviour was a pattern. But I found it hard to believe the police would simply let Ian get away with he and Jane did.  There is a list of crimes they should be charged with. And they let Max spend a year in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.  Sure they suffered, but their lies caused suffering for innocent people.  I know the show wants to end the story as its run so long, but that aspect of it is hard to buy.

Though I guess the story will have a new arc with Max out to wreck revenge on everyone. And Ian, Jane, Phil and everyone else will deserve whatever Max does to them.

So I guess we’ll see a recast teenaged Bobby in a few years? I’m sure he’ll be suitably hunky.

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About the author

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.