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Emmerdale (U.K.)

I’m glad Ross, Finn and Pete made peace. I hope it lasts and I also hope that Finn gets a story of his own soon. That’s probably wishful thinking though.

Screen Shot 2016-06-05 at 11.44.41 PMAs I’ve said before Isobel Steele is a great young actress and she’s perfect as Aaron’s sister. However, I don’t like how so much of the drama is centered on her. Not only that the character is starting to become unlikeable, mostly because she never suffers any consequences of her actions. So many times she should be punished for what she’s done, but everyone just helplessly shrugs their shoulders. I can see why she wanted to stay with Aaron. She can do what she wants and there’ll never be any penalty. A kid’s dream.

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I don’t blame Robert for being angry that Aaron not only lied to him about what Liv did, but he (again) chose Liv over him. Thing is, Robert better get used it it. Aaron will always choose Liv over him.  I think what I like less about is that Robert has just accepted his second place status. And I don’t think Liv was all that sorry for what she did to Robert. Her apology was lame at best. It still baffles me that this show stuck Robert and Aaron with a teenage girl. Just don’t get it.

I knew Chas would start dating the cop. I hope it goes somewhere.

So Noah was the stalker? I admit I didn’t suspect him.


General Hospital (US)

No lies, I thought for sure that Lucas was either going to die or not come out of the coma for a long time. But I’m glad he lived. Let’s just hope we get an on screen wedding for the guys very soon. And since this serial killer in the hospital is going to be on an ongoing storyline, I hope they play a big part it. They should, since Lucas was nearly a victim. I just don’t want them disappear.

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Besides, Lisel is a one note character and having her and Finn bickering all the time is boring already. I have the feeling though that Lisel is going to find the real killer (not Finn) and become a victim. The show has to kill some regulars for this to mean anything.

I did like the Brad/Lucas scenes and I’m glad that Brad got the expected crying by the bedside scenes. Though it would have helped if Parry Shen could actually shed a tear. And except for Carly and briefly Julian, where was Lucas’ family? He’s related to half the town. We should’ve seen many more of them there.


Holby City (U.K.)

This show is really dragging out Arthur’s fight with cancer, which we know won’t have a happy ending. Such a sad story, especially since we love Arthur so much. The acting is good though and I love how we can see how much Dom has changed. So many shows don’t show character growth, but we’ve seen it with Dom and we’ve seen his relationship with Arthur grow.  Dom is devastated at the prospect losing Arthur. I can only imagine how he’ll react when the end finally comes.

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I never thought we’d revisit the Lee storyline, so having his pregnant girlfriend return needing Dom’s help was a surprise. Dom revealing he is still trying to get over Lee was odd since we haven’t really gotten any hints about it since Lee’s last appearance. And what about Dom’s decision to visit Lee in the recovery center with Allison? Will we see this visit or just hear about it? I’m okay with seeing that gorgeous Lee again.

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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.

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  • The constant fighting between Robert and Aaron is tiring and boring. If they fight again within a week of every reconciliation and reconcile within a day of every break up, none of it has any meaning. Either have the characters work through their issues or have them break up. Watching them alternate between “I just remembered I can’t trust you” and “I just remembered that I can’t live without you” isn’t good TV.

  • Ugh. “Love is love” is a political statement advocating equal treatment of relationships. It isn’t an erasure of sexual identity. If they want to make Steven bisexual, acknowledge it rather than dancing around it (the same goes for sexual question mark Robert Sugden).

  • Their relationship is encapsulated in the time Ste had Harry fill in for him at his job trial (how did he think that could work?) because he valued not letting Amy know he was homeless more than getting a job or letting Harry revise. I don’t condone Harry cheating on Ste with James, but I can’t blame him. The right move would be to dump Ste, but if he wasn’t willing to do that, he had few desperate options.

  • I really hope Hollyoaks sees the obvious chemistry between Harry and James and will keep them in the current bizarre relationship they currently have. Harry is so boring with Ste, because it’s always about Ste and his needs and many issues. Parry seems to be much more lively with the guy who plays James.

  • Well, if you’ve seen the latest spoilers, Billy/Todd is the direction this story is headed in.

  • I have a feeling the only reason EE brought Christian back is because the current (outgoing) producer is friendly with John Partridge. I mean it made sense for him to be there for a few days, to be with Jane, but like last year, when he came back for Jane’s wedding, he felt completely pointless. At least he was confused and annoyed at seeing Steven. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Jane and Christian’s mother Linda – she always got on my nerves before. I was, sadly, not surprised at the complete lack of mention of Syed – a part of me wonders if they may plan to bring Christian back eventually and say he and Syed have split.

    As for Emmerdale, I still don’t care about Robert and Aaron as a couple, but I’m glad Robert is finally starting to react more the way he would have reacted all along.

  • The main problem with Steven and Johnny is it’s just a tired retread of Ben and Abi and Paul. I have a feeling that the showrunners think it’s clever to have sisters as beards. It’s actually lazy as hell. The other problem is that the show is choosing to ignore any conversation about Steven’s sexuality – likely so that we will be “shocked” when he does have a grope with Johnny (although after that look, I don’t know if anyone will be surprised). Aaron SIdwell, who plays Steven, responded to the fan complaints about not mention Steven’s sexuality by tweeting that you can love anyone, “love is love,” and so on. That’s very true, but this isn’t so simple. The last time Steven was on the show, they had a horrible, offensive storyline where they essentially equated being gay with being mentally ill and trying to kill people. They also said being bisexual is a lie and self-hating. That is not going to go away, and if they decide to yet again portray Steven as manipulative and disturbed, then it’s just sending out even more dangerous messages.

    I agree about Billy and Todd, although I don’t know if the show has the ability to write for such a complex couple.

  • I have to say I really liked Steven and Johnny’s interaction in the pub, it might have been short but the look Johnny gave Steven was hot. Just wish it’ll go somewhere and not drag out forever while Steven is with Lauren(ugh). Unlike Ben ,whose rocky relationship with Paul is now sweet and normal (not for long I know, but still) Johnny never had an actual on screen relation, he had a fling with Gianluca and a couple of kisses. I guess what I’d want the writers to do is revisit the Johnny Tom thing for a while (more of the gorgeous Paramedic defo won’t hurt) make it casual, spark some jealousy with Steven or something, doesn’t matter just make it happen please. They also have to start giving Johnny more scenes ‘cuz by the look of things it’s turning into how it was for Sam before he left the role.

    Emmerdale really surprised this week, Robron actually kissed and hugged, who’d have thought those two were dating? I mean the past couple of weeks they’ve been calling each other “mate” and sitting within a foot of each other. Other than that don’t really care for them, although suppose Emmerdale should thank the last producer for creating this “couple” since it won them best soap. The Ronnie Lawrence stuff is kinda cool, as it might finally mean that Mr. White will come out.

    As for Corrie, I hope with all my heart Billy will be the one for Todd, they look great together and although I’m not looking forward to seeing more of Sean, I’ll endure it if it means maybe Billy will help Todd open up about what happened to him in London(especially since they seem to have had quite the influence on each other.)

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