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Gays of Our Lives: Where There’s a Will…

In this week’s Gays of Our Lives…

  • Jez finds himself falling for Mickey on Casualty, but Mickey’s brother Scott being a murder suspect in Cal’s death puts a kink of the not fun kind in the romance.
  • Tyler is caught in a stolen test scam on People of the Valley — and it could have a bad effect on his career.
  • Kevin gives into his feelings for Aaron on the season finale of Greenleaf.  But the romantic scene was missing a little something.  What was it?
  • It was only a matter of time before Kevin and Rhys’ affair was discovered on Rownd a Rownd.  But now that someone else knows, it may not be long before Dani finds out.
  • Aaron finally admits his feelings for David on Neighbours, but David, suffering from a possible brain injury, may not live long enough to hear it.

All this and more!

DAYS OF OUR LIVES — Season: 46 — Pictured: Chandler Massey as Will Horton — (Photo by: Michael Desmond/NBC)

What has been long speculated is finally confirmed, Chandler Massey is returning to Days of Our Lives as Will Horton. Massey left the role in 2013 after winning three Daytime Emmys.  He was replaced by Guy Wilson, who was not well received as Will and the character was killed off by a serial strangler more than a year later.

With Massey’s return, it makes you wonder how they’ll bring Will back to life. But this is Days.  They did three return from the dead stories in a year so this should be no problem for them.  LOL…. The good thing is new head writer Ron Carlivati will be penning Will’s return so we should get a good story even though it’ll probably be completely implausible.  I’m prepared to roll with it to get Will back.

My speculation is that Wilson’s Will was an impersonator and that was the Will that died.  Massey’s Will has been held captive somewhere for a number of years and now he’s back — probably to interrupt Paul and Sonny’s wedding.  But that’s all speculation.  We’ll see what really happened when Massey’s first scenes air in September.

Now on with the column….

PICKS AND PANS

Casualty  (U.K.)

I’m curious how much time has passed between episodes.  Mickey still has his bruises from the fight and it’s obvious people weren’t expecting Ethan back at work.  So how long have Mickey and Jez been seeing each other where Jez would be so invested in the relationship?  

I wish we could have seen the progression of their involvement, but I’m guessing the show needs to move things along so it can come into play into Cal’s murder?  That said, they do have chemistry so I’m looking forward to seeing more of them together.  I have a feeling at some point Mickey will have to decide whether to turn his brother in or not and Jez will be forced to choose between Mickey and his co-workers.  With all that and given that relationships on these shows usually don’t last, I don’t foresee a happy ending for them.  Don’t get too attached folks!  

I don’t buy that Louise would set Mickey and Jez up given their history and that Jez treated her rather badly.  Not to mention the drama that would result when/if the affair was revealed.  And her choosing the hospital for the reunion and Mickey deciding that was the place to hook up with makes no sense either.  It’s clearly about plot and not about logical behavior.

I’m curious what the charge to the lifeguard would be.  The drowning was an accident.  Maybe negligence?   I’m sure the guy would lose his job, but would he serve a lot of time?  Maybe more for lying about it and subverting justice than the crime itself?


Coronation Street  (U.K.)

That was a really well acted scene between Drew and Billy when Billy told him he couldn’t take on Summer.  But I’m guessing Todd will change his mind and take on this girl.  If he doesn’t, there’s no story.  I hate it.  I hate that the only thing they can do for them is give them a kid.  It’s lazy.


Greenleaf  (U.S.)

Well, I figured that something would eventually happen between Kevin and Aaron.   And I wondered if we’d see anything.  OWN has gay characters on their shows and we’ve seen them in bed together (like on The Haves and The Have Nots).   But they’ve always been squeamish about kissing scenes.  Like here we see the guys on top of each other and pulling the clothes off but the camera hides the actual kissing.  I don’t get it.  Seeing two guys kiss is somehow more offensive than seeing them crawling all over each other taking each other’s clothes off?  I get the sense that’s the belief.

As for the story, I’m curious where this will go with the show comes back from it’s break.  I still think there will be a custody battle between Charity and Kevin and this affair will probably be used against him.  Then again, Aaron can’t really represent Charity if he’s sleeping with Kevin, can he?  Now that might be the dilemma.

BTW, is Kevin still going to those ‘pray the gay away’ meetings?  Last we saw he was taking that ‘medicine’ to help with sexual urges.  Guess it’s not working.


Hollyoaks (U.K.)

So James is doing this to make sure Ste goes to jail out of revenge over Ste sleeping with John Paul or is it because of his own role in Amy’s murder?  I don’t believe James killed Amy (why would he), but maybe he knows who it is and he’s okay with Ste taking the blame?  At least that’s how it seems.

I think Ryan and Mercedes would be a great couple.  If he’s the nice guy he seems, that’s the kind of guy she needs.  She doesn’t need to be so pushy though.  But that’s Mercedes.  I’m curious who this K is.  I think he cheated on Amy and that’s what ‘he did to her’.  I don’t think he killed her.

As for Scott, he expects this woman to be his mother, but that’s not what she signed up for.  There’s a reason why she gave him away.  And it’s just like him to intrude on her life and expect her to be everything he wants.  And he trashes her house?  Loathsome character.  I know the show wants up to feel sorry for him, by having his mom reject him because he’s a queen, but I still don’t care about his tears.

So I guess Kyle isn’t gay and he lied to Nancy?  Or was he just confused?  I know I’m confused and now Kyle just up and left.  But is he coming back?  The show did say he had ties to other characters in town.

Amazing that on last week’s shows, Hollyoaks had gays, bi-sexuals, lesbians and transgendered characters all on screen and in story. Romances and plots of all sorts.  It’s no big thing, this show has been doing it for years.  I wish other shows would see the light.

I will say though that the bedroom scene between Grace and Esther made me a little uneasy.  Esther is barely out of her teens and Grace has to be over thirty at least.  I know it shouldn’t matter, but it was very striking the age difference when I saw them in bed together.

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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.

  • Jeff S

    Exciting news about Chandler. Don’t mess it up, Days.

    You know Scott’s a terrible character when you can’t even muster sympathy for him when he’s rejected by his birth mother for being gay.

  • kcwin

    Will coming back from the grave is bigger than just Sonny and Paul. Marlena, Sami, Lucas & Gabi will all have some crazy emotional scenes if the writers can milk the melodrama. Looking forward to September!

  • popcultureguy

    I’m against the Guy Wilson Will being a doppelganger just because that would erase Will sleeping with Paul. Also, I doubt the show would want to invalidate Will and Sonny’s marriage, which they like to pat themselves on the back about, by revealing Sonny married an imposter.

    But Will should absolutely a) come back brainwashed/be discovered in some kind of brainwashing pod and/or b) stumble into the middle of Sonny and Paul’s wedding.