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Gays of Our Lives: Worth The Wait?

In this new edition of Gays of Our LivesSonny is back on Days and Paul is glad to see him. But has his long awaited return been worth the wait? While in Coronation Street, Todd and Billy’s relationship is revealed and Sean is angry.  And the ensuing battle has Todd at war on a couple of fronts and dealing with an unpleasant ultimatum.  Plus, the latest on The Fosters, The Have and The Have Nots, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks – and more!

PICKS AND PANS

Coronation Street  (U.K.)

TODDAs much as I don’t like Phelan, I loved it when he told Sean to stop whining and bitching about his woes and Eileen responded by busying herself looking at her computer screen.  LOL!

I’m so glad this show is using Todd more and fleshing out his character.  He’s still a bad boy, but that’s not all he is.   But let’s hope that this drama about Callum’s death bring this story to a close.  It’s been running on for far too long and I’m ready for Todd to move on to another arc.  I’m interested in looking to see where this battle between Phelan and Todd goes.  That looks to be a great story.

I continue to love Todd and Billy’s scenes.  Their chemistry, affection and desire for each other is so natural and real and warm.   I liked Billy and Sean together okay, but they never had real passion in their relationship.  The writers made the right decision with this storyline.

I did like that scene where Sean talked about all the rejection and loss he’s had in his life.  It was nicely done and did create some sympathy for a character I’ve never cared for. I do hope that Sean finds himself a boyfriend, someone who sticks around.  Or he could just disappear and never be seen again.  I’d be fine with that too.  At the end of the day I still don’t like him much.


Days of Our Lives (U.S.)

Good grief this show is boring.  There is no life, no energy, no zip to any scene no matter what the characters are doing.  It’s all just so drab and dreary and dull.  And why is the show still so damn dark!?SONNY

It’s nice to see Sonny with his parents. I’ve always loved their relationship.

I’ve always thought that Sonny and Paul had chemistry and it looks like the show might revisit it.  Let’s hope the show doesn’t rush them back together or ruin them with stupid stories.  A tall order for this show, sadly.

I thought it was interesting how Sonny was shading Abigail for leaving her daughter when Sonny did exactly the same thing with Ari when he up and and left her after Will died.  Sorry, only awful parents abandon their child when the spouse dies. And everybody in this town is way too understanding about it.

This thing about cute single gay men who don’t date, like ever is so annoying and unrealistic.  And Sonny talking about his relationship with Will with such affection, belies what we actually watched on screen the last year or so.


EastEnders  (U.K.)

I didn’t see Babe’s role in the baby scam being revealed coming, but I was glad to see it happened, especially her getting thrown out.  She’s an evil person who deserves what she gets.

Even though Ben is headed for trouble, it makes sense that Phil wouldn’t stop him from going after Paul’s killers.  Like Ben said, Phil would do exactly the same thing.  It might be a weird and dysfunctional way to show love, but it’s probably the best Phil can do.  Though the way Ben said goodbye to Phil it was if Ben didn’t expect to come back from facing Paul’s killers.  Or maybe he just doesn’t care of he does or not.

Les and Pam’s depiction of grief is so real and raw and painful to watch.  You can just feel their agony.

Whitney sure forgave Lee quickly for cheating on her and giving her an STD.  Yuck.  He’s cute, but not that cute.


The Haves and The Have Nots  (U.S.)

JEFFERYSo it was Wyatt in the bed after all?  But it took the authorities 7 episodes (in real time, though according to the show only several hours passed on screen) to figure out that he was still breathing?  All those cops and the EMT and none of them knew he was still alive?  Lord, show.

But I LOLed when Jennifer told Kathryn it wasn’t the first time they’d declared someone dead who wasn’t.  HA!

Kathryn’s reaction to learning Wyatt was alive was weird and contrived. And I hope that Jeffery doesn’t become all obsessed with Wyatt again.  This thing with Justin promises to be messy and complicated, but they do have chemistry and it could be a hot romance.  And Justin actually wants to have sex with Jeffery. That Justin likes it a little rough is a bonus.

I loved the bit wJUSTINhere the EMT asked Veronica after she’d been stabbed if she could walk and Veronica whined ‘ I have a knife in my chest’.  The woman casually pulled the knife out and said ‘now can you walk’. Awesome!

And I did like how when Benny tried to blackmail Jeffery, Jeffery wasn’t having it.  And David isn’t having any more of Veronica’s nonsense either.  About time.

I think the long, endless, circular conversations and scenes are getting worse though.  People just don’t ask the same question several different ways before getting an answer. At least not more than once.

Weird how the show was casually revealed that Jeffrey beat another boy into a coma and his parents paid to cover it up. But I guess it was a way to explain Jeffrey’s rage issues.


The Fosters (U.S.)

The Noah/Jude scenes were cute. It’s nice for Jude to have a boyfriend and not have to deal with the coming out stuff like he did with Connor.  But where is the drama?  Hopefully there will be some at some point.  There’s really not much of a story here.  For now though, this is adorable.

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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.

  • Maya

    I agree with you Anthony about Todd & Billy, they’re definitely my favorite gay tv couple these days. I have never actually seen something quite like it. The portrayal is so good, not perfect, but pretty damn close. The way they’re so affectionate with each other, touch each other. It’s just so obvious that they’re very much in love, and they’re treated just as the straight couples. It’s amazing and wonderful to see. It’s in stark contrast to Robron (Robert & Aaron) who barely manage a short peck on the lips. Robert & Aaron never touch, never show affection or PDA. They seem more like friends than boyfriends. They don’t even stand close when they talk! The problem is that everything about Robron seem to happen off screen, while with todd & Billy it’s different. Corrie actually shows them being affectionate, in love and all giddy. Is very sweet :)

  • diuran

    Sonny abandoned his daughter and everyone glosses over it. Gabi is now pimping for Sonny and Paul to hook up with the lie it’s what Will would have wanted which is untrue. The show has ruined Sonny and many of its characters with terrible and destructive writing. That scene with Sonny and Paul standing over Will’s grave was insulting, offensive and outright disgusting. Sonny who wanted to make his own way now wants to work for great uncle Victor who engages in illegal criminal activities yet couldn’t be bothered to see about his daughter and still slut shames her now dead dad but completely forgives Paul of everything he’s done to her daddy.

  • Hue-Man

    Everyone on Days treated Sonny like he’d been away on Mount Athos rather than France. Whether it’s newfangled inventions like the “telephone” or the “airplane”, Sonny had every opportunity – and the budget – to stay in touch but he didn’t. (My old boss took the red-eye over to Paris, had a meeting at the airport, and jumped on the next plane back!)

    I doubt we’re going to see anything like the good ol’ Days. Paul and Sonny seem destined to be “gay-in-name-only accessories” for the storylines of every other character.

  • Jeff S

    So Sonny returns because of the trouble with his Uncle Vic but couldn’t be bothered to hang around and help out with his daughter when Will died. His parents are thrilled to see him but couldn’t be bothered to attend their son-in-law’s funeral. The same funeral where Sonny was seated on the SECOND row. The show has already tarnished the character, and there was no reason to bring him back unless Freddie Smith just really needed the work. His scenes last week were big bags of nothing much like when Johnny returned to EastEnders. And we’re supposed to believe that a newly out, former pro baseball player with Paul’s looks is sitting around waiting for Sonny when in reality he would be inundated with offers to circuit parties and requests for personal appearances at every gay pride event in the country.

    Billy & Todd are now my second favorite soap couple. Like you, Anthony, I’ve never been a Sean fan but the scenes with Eileen and then with Billy in the church were really well done and made me feel Sean’s pain. It humanized him in a way that we rarely see. I didn’t even mind his bitching because I thought he did have cause, and I even laughed at the bit about the Bette Midler doll.

    I have no idea where EastEnders plans to take Ben now, but I’ve grown to like him and am happy to go along for the ride. I’ve always thought Babe was superfluous but the show needed a villain and pulled her name out of the hat. I’m going to enjoy her comeuppance. I’m sorry to see Andy go because he was nice eye candy though I have to admit I quite fancy Martin Fowler.

  • Kay Hansel

    I definitely agree with your comments regarding Sonny Kiriakas abandoning Arianna immediately after her father, Will Horton, was MURDERED. At a time she needed him the most, he decides he cannot bear to be reminded of memories of Will so he leaves the day after burying Will. Of course, before he leaves he sees Paul one last time (at Will’s grave no less) to make sure Paul sticks around Salem if and when he decides to return to Salem after the “appropriate grieving time.” Which of course Paul is more than willing to promise his BFF. I lost respect for both characters on that spectacle alone.