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Gays of Our Lives: Regrets, I’ve Had A Few

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This week in Gays of Our Lives, the closet continues to be a destructive, even life threatening force. On Emmerdale, Lawrence is devastated when Ronnie is seriously hurt, forcing Lawrence to face up to his feelings for his former lover. Yet determined to prove to his wife that he’s straight, Lawrence takes foolish, dangerous chances. Meanwhile, on The Haves and The Have Nots, Jeffrey decides to seduce sexy cop Justin. But is Jeffrey taking his life in his hands playing games with the violent closet case? And on GreenleafKevin decides having a baby with his wife might make his desire for men go away. He’s going to find out he’s very wrong. All this — and more!

PICKS AND PANS

 Days of our Lives (U.S.)

I just love how folks on soaps just drop careers and start new ones on a whim, including jobs they have no experience or interest in before that scene. But I hope Paul going to be a PI actually leads to some story. We know Christopher Sean can do the action/adventure stuff from his Hawaii Five-O work. And I do think he and John have such great father/son chemistry. That might be fun to watch.

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So Sonny just sold his club (or had Adrienne do it)? What a random story point. The show didn’t give a reason, but nothing they do makes much sense. It seems especially odd given that Sonny will be back in town any day now. Seems to me the real reason for the sale was to give Eddie and Dario something to do more than anything. They are characters with no reason or purpose. I’d write them out if it were me.

Man that Brady is such a drama queen. Calm down. It’s not about you.


EastEnders (U.K.)

Wonder what happened in New Zealand that Steven is running from? Now that could be juicy.

Not surprised he and Lauren got back together. That makes it even more inevitable that he’ll cheat on her with Johnny. I think it’s lazy to have two sisters (Abi, Lauren) betrayed by gay/bi men, but the show probably thinks it’s clever writing.

Too bad that Ben wasn’t able to help Jay get a job. This thing is going to haunt Jay forever, isn’t it? I hope things get better for him soon.


Greenleaf (U.S.)

Oprah is probably about the best thing on this show. I wish we’d see more of her. I loved that confrontation scene between her and her pedophile brother, Mac. And we definitely need more scenes with her and Mae. Those are the kind of clashes that make soaps soapy.

Oh, this show has some fine black men. That Noah is hot.

vlcsnap-2016-06-26-12h45m45s597Crystal, honey, it’s never a good sign when your husband’s idea of a romantic night is watching The Bachelor over ice cream. Red flags, anybody?

I get so tired of closet case stories, even though I know they still need to be told. I just hope this is something different. It might intriguing if the show tells the story of trying to keep your faith while living as an openly gay man. That’s something we haven’t seen before. So far though, it’s rather predictable.


Holby City (U.K.)

vlcsnap-2016-06-26-10h04m28s551A relationship is probably the last thing Dom needs right now given that he’s still recovering form Arthur’s death. I think he’s using getting involved with Issac as a way of avoiding dealing with his loss. Given that it’s bound to get messy.

Moreover, I know that Dom and Issac said there would be no strings, but we know that it’s not going to work out that way. And I’m okay with that. I like them together so far. Issac seems like an interesting character and he and Dom do have chemistry. Let’s hope it stays as compelling going forward.

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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.

  • UiscePreston

    And of course, Iolo asks Tyler to marry him because well why not. Of course this signaled the death of the relationship and probably Tyler (from the looks of that nosebleed). Iolo is simply not meant to have more than 4.3 minutes of happiness. I love how insanely joyless the village is right now. Sheryl brings back a baby from Africa – Hywel is miserable. DJ is none-to-pleased Dai is his father so he is making Cadno and everyone else miserable. Sioned has Ed’s balls in a jar. Eiffion’s woes with Courtney and psychotic mother are just starting. Chester is a serial killer in waiting. Mark is still so paranoid. And the She-Beast Dol is curdling all the milk in a 40 mile radius. Good times.

    River City again keeps digging a hole now with the insinuation that Patrick was only gay because he was molested while in care. Yeah. And the Annie/Alex affair is what I imagine haggis smells and tastes like.Ugh. Plus no one knew that Kelly-Marie was pregnant again? Girl was showing four episodes ago.

  • Hue-Man

    Are OWN viewers exposed to closeted gay storylines, particularly in the religious community? Greenleaf is the first OWN show I’ve ever watched (and I’ve been tempted to stop watching several times).

  • Fox

    On Hollyoaks – If James’ ex-boyfriend, Carter, has “a new lover,” then Carter must be bisexual, because the person James sees Carter with and enlists John Paul’s help over is a woman named “Lara.”

  • Jeff S

    I loved Ben’s impression of Phil. I’m also enjoying how he and Paul are just a couple on the landscape for the time being. It’s fun to watch.