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Gays of Our Lives: Not The Marrying Kind

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In this week’s Gays of our Lives,  the return of Aussie drama A Place To Call Home. Henry and James are together now. But can it last? Will society’s mores come between them or something more sinister? While things get hot for Todd and Billy on Corrie — and it could be too fast for Billy.  Plus, Days of our Lives stays dreadful and we say goodbye to Hit the Floor.  All this — and more!

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A Place To Call Home (Australia)

Glad this show is back.  Last season was a little shaky after the excellence of the first two years, but this episode is showing signs of being turned around and year four being very good.

Poor Olivia. Either she gives up her baby and lives in luxury with her hot painter boyfriend or has her named shamed and wind up penniless and loses the baby anyway. That shows how tough women had it back then. Sure, she shouldn’t have cheated on James, but he didn’t keep up with his promises when he married her. And the artist is majorly hot.  I can’t imagine it’ll be so easy for her to end her marriage and get the baby though.  James might be willing to let her go, but not George, if only for politics.

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Elizabeth sure has progressed. Her giving Henry and James her blessing shows she’s matured as a character. But given her history and that she’s seen what happens when you keep this lie, it’s not a surprise. The look on Henry’s face was hilarious. And did like her later scene with James where she talked about how the world was changing. It was at that time though as we know, there are miles and miles to go even still.

One of my biggest complaints about last season was that James’ story got the short shrift.  He and Henry’s romance mostly took place off screen and James was little more than a background character. Thankfully that has been resolved and James is part of the action again.  Now that he’s accepted his sexuality it’ll be interesting to see how he and Henry’s relationship progresses, if it’s allowed to.

I wondered how they would resolve the cliffhanger of Sarah drinking the poison and it was kind of clever, even they cheated a bit by having so much of the explanation backstory happen off screen. And killing off a character we didn’t know doesn’t have the emotional weight that the death of a character we cared about would. But there we are. Though I loved the way it ended with Sarah and Regina.  What a terrific cliffhanger.  Can’t imagine who Regina will talk her way out of this one.


Coronation Street (U.K.)

So Todd is going to leave?  I would think that staying in that house no matter how hard it is would be more helpful. Not being there only leaves Eileen to Phelan’s mercies. Hopefully Todd will figure that out soon enough and move back.

In terms of Todd moving in with Billy, that can only mean disaster. Yes, they’re having sex, but they just started dating.  Two months is not enough time for that kind of commitment.  No way should they be living together.  Billy needs to make Todd see that.

But is Billy really shocked that everybody knows already that Todd moved in?  That’s how it goes in towns where everybody knows everybody.

But the kissing/romantic scenes were pretty hot. These guys have terrific chemistry.

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Todd and Billy- (05/09/16) Part 2


Days of Our Lives (U.S.)

Adrienne loved Abigail like a daughter?  It’s possible, but I can’t remember the last time they had a scene together. Or any scene where that kind of relationship could have been formed. I guess it happened off screen.screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-3-19-05-am

Abigail wrote Gabi every week while she was in jail? What? Again, why is the show forming these relationships off screen?  Besides, when did Abigail have the time with sleeping with two different men, dealing with a serial killer and all her other dramas?

Sorry, that’s just stupid, especially since Gabi and Abigail have had little to do with each other since Gabi got back to town. And given that Gabi is responsible for Abi’s dad being dead, I have a hard time buying any close bond between them ever.

My point is shoving in all these faux relationships are just ridiculous to those who watched the show.  It adds nothing.

It is nice that the show is using Chad and Sonny’s friendship again.  That’s the relationship that did actually play out on screen.  But Sonny needs a storyline.  He’s been back for awhile now and he’s just drifting to being a supporting character in one scene or another.  Pointless.

And memo to #DAYS. JJ and Sonny aren’t just friends. They are cousins. I don’t why people keep ignoring that they are related.

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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.

  • popcultureguy

    Hey, Lucas was on “General Hospital” today! …oh, I’m sorry, just his picture, in recapping this asinine serial killer storyline. It’s crazy, given he’s the only living victim, that he’s not part of this story AT ALL. Ugh.

  • UiscePreston

    It’s Iolo’s OCD that is clouding his sanity when it comes to Mel. He obsessed over the attack. He puts a suit on just to go and look at mugshots. He finds out her name. He finds out she is from good stock and artistic. He wants to know why she is a gay-hater. He stalks her like an idiot in a van with his name and contact details on it. She stalks him back. She has barged or broken into his house like multiple times already. So now he is obsessing about that. This has nothing to do with her explaining her homophobia. She is using that to play him in a ploy to taint the criminal case against her.

    Since Iolo is hyper-obsessing about the attack, his father, his father’s sentence, the sun and the moon and the everything, Tyler couldn’t sit him down for two seconds. When he does, Iolo tells him to take care of the wedding plans on his own because he can’t concentrate. Tyler “hires” Dani as a wedding planner. Dani finds the discount wedding package online. She wanted the boys to buy it. Tyler says Iolo isn’t around to approve it. Dani takes Garry’s credit card and buys it so the boys don’t miss out on a deal. When Tyler offers to pay, she says think of it as a gift and less the two of them have to worry about.

    The story is really not that complicated.

  • Maya

    Coronation Street is amazing right now. The romance is cute and the chemistry is off the charts. Sadly I can’t enjoy a single moment of it because I know what’s coming.

  • Jeff S

    On DOOL, was that supposed to be a spark between Chad & Gabi last week? That would be way out of character for Chad when you consider his history with Gabi. I hope I’m wrong.

    I thought I had missed an extra EastEnders episode when they didn’t show any of Paul’s funeral. With Ben scheduled to speak and Phil agreeing to go and support him, this was a pretty big event to just happen off-screen. And I agree that Johnny would have been at the funeral. The bits with Dot & Colin seem like an attempt to give the Friday episode a message, but it ended up getting lost with so much going on. As a story arc – even a small one – it deserved to play out over a couple of days.

    I don’t like this Mel story on People of the Valley but hope it will develop into something good. Why did Iolo allow her in his home in the first place? This story is getting a little sloppy. I’m glad Iolo & Tyler are postponing the wedding even though I’ve been looking forward to it. There is too much other drama in Iolo’s world right now that would take away the joy of the day. Dani got carried away with the idea of planning a wedding and spent money she shouldn’t have. If/when the wedding happens, I hope Sion makes good on his promise because I’d love for them to move into Y Felin.