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Holby City (U.K.)

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 8.57.31 PMArthur’s death was very sad as I thought it would be. He was one of my faves on this show. I’ll miss him. I did mist up a few times during this episode, mostly during the song his co-workers sang to him. And Zosia’s reaction got me too.

But while I’ll miss Arthur, I’m so looking forward to his replacement on the ward/Dom’s new love interest, who’ll be played by Marc Elliot. I imagine Dom dealing with Arthur’s death will be conflict between them. And it’s great that he’ll be around for awhile so we’ll get a nice meaty love story.

So nice to see Malick. He was one of my favorite gay characters ever. I’m so glad the show didn’t forget how close Digby and Malick used to be. Odd to have him talking to Dom so warmly given their history though.

Hollyoaks (U.K.)

vlcsnap-2016-06-12-13h04m57s609I don’t like this show’s message that it’s James’ or Harry’s or Cam’s or anyone else fault if Ste starts using drugs again. Even though Cam is manipulating the situation, Ste needs to be held responsible for his own actions. I just have a feeling as this story plays out, the people in Ste’s life will get the blame for his drug use and nothing that Ste does will be laid at his own feet no matter what awful things he does.

But I did like James telling Ste about the negative effect he’s had on Harry’s life. And Ste telling Harry that Harry was better off without him is the smartest thing Ste has said in months, even if it were part of Ste’s pity party.

I’m sorry, I’m not getting John Paul being able to forgive Sally so quickly, but still staying mad at Myra. His reasoning seems rather contrived to me. They both lied his entire life. If he can forgive one, the other should be close behind.

Freddie’s inability to bond with a child he didn’t expect and doesn’t want is actually an interesting story. A little more real and emotional that this show’s usual fare.

I like Joe and Mercedes together. She needs a nice guy.  I hope she doesn’t ruin it.


JP in HO 10 June 2016

People of the Valley (Wales)

vlcsnap-2016-06-11-11h24m49s405While I still think the show rushed this relationship, I’m really enjoying Iolo and Tyler together. The scene in the bar was really sweet.

I liked how Iolo was understanding about Tyler’s issues about coming out and that Tyler realized that he needed to take the risk to be with his man. His co-workers’ reactions were funny. Who doesn’t like watching two hot guys kiss?

However, while I’m loving seeing Iolo happy for a change, we do need some drama and soon. With Sion finally being arrested for theft, but still lying to Iolo, it’s time for that whole ugly mess to come out. I’m hoping so now that Garry and Britt were discussing how Iolo’s kidnapping tied into everything (which led to Iolo and William breaking up).

Iolo needs to have the rose colored glasses about his dad ripped off, William should return and Iolo has to deal with what really happened. Then we can commence with a juicy triangle between Iolo, William and Tyler. Or at least get some closure between William and Iolo.

The story is right there, show. Come on!

Secret Lives (Finland)

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 7.36.24 PMCalling child services? Shouldn’t Lari should be calling a lawyer? Child services should only be called if you thought the kid being abused or neglected and needed to be taken from it’s parents.

And Lari is certainly not prepared be a full time father to his kid. This seems like a very bad idea that will only inflame a difficult situation. Besides, Lari should try and work something out with Tale and Sanni before going through legal channels. It was his decision not to be a father to his child. Nobody forced him. He’s being unfair, IMO.

I also think that Lari went out of his way to pick a fight with Kalle over this. Kalle really wouldn’t have gotten angry or said what he did if Lari hadn’t forced the issue.

On the the other hand, it’s silly for everyone to expect Lari to not be involved with finding the child. Hell, they should welcome any help they can find. They need to get over themselves and focus on finding the child. Lari should be the last of their worries.


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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  1. Re: Corrie. I agree with you that it started kinda weird. Billy having feelings for Todd didn’t make much sense. Sure, they grew closer but how would we know it was anything other than a friendship? There was no indication of that at all. On the other hand, Todd having feelings for Billy makes more sense. Anyway, I think much of the reason for this is because the actor playing Billy said in an interview he had many stage directions (hand on shoulder, looks etc), but he didn’t play any of them. He wanted it to be a surprise to the audience when Billy revealed his feelings. I respect his decision, but for me it would have made more of an impact if he had played those stage directions, anyway, just my opinion.

  2. I agree with you about the pathetic angle of other people being to blame for Ste’s latest relapse. They did an awful job of setting this up – the scene where Cameron pretended to be high was laughably bad (I was laughing the whole time) – and there was no real motivation for him to get onto a drug he knows is so deadly. He also would have known Cameron obviously wasn’t high. I also thought the scene of him spitting into James’ food was just plain irresponsible and dangerous, because people with HIV and AIDS face so much job discrimination, and now a lot of people will see this scene and assume it’s commonplace behavior. The show has a responsibility.

    Sad to say the only part I enjoyed was James making Harry pick up silverware so he could ogle his ass (I still say James and Harry would be a much better couple than Ste and Harry), and Tony’s reaction to realizing they slept together (“he’s even older than you [Ste]!”)

    Daniel Brocklebank said he didn’t want to play any scenes with Todd in a way that would betray Billy’s feelings for Sean, which meant he chose not to play scenes as staring into Todd’s eyes or having a hand on his shoulder, etc. While I do understand his choice, it does make his love for Todd more out of nowhere. I don’t understand why this story has been so rushed. An affair between Todd and Billy that built over time would have made more sense to me. I just hope if they are going to be a couple it will be properly explored, as the actors work well together.

    I don’t really blame Bernice for being upset. She admitted she has a history with gay men, but Lawrence is also someone who repeatedly insisted that he was not interested in any kind of sexual relationship. As far as she knew, he wasn’t. So for him to not only have these big romantic feelings for a man, but to then initiate sex with her (or try, anyway) because of this man – I can see why she’s so upset.

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