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Gays of Our Lives: Which Bad Boy Comes Out On Top on ‘Emmerdale’?

This week, Days of Our Lives continues to be boring. But are there improvements around the corner?  Plus, People of the Valley is cute and adorable, The Fosters avoids boy on boy sex and Ben plans a murder on EastEnders.  All this – and more!

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Days of Our Lives (U.S.)

Maggie is related to half the town, but Sonny and Victor were the only ones waiting for her while she was in surgery.  Okay.

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 11.10.29 AMIs that the first scene between Paul and his sister Belle?  Do most fans even know they are related?

I like Paul using his PI skills. Hopefully we’ll get more of that and actually see it rather than hear about it. But he needs to get a thicker skin and not let what he finds out bother him.  Part of the gig.

I see Brady is as stupid as ever to believe Victor kidnapped Tate.  The evidence is flimsy and Victor’s motivation is ridiculous.  Clearly Deimos isn’t behind it either.

It’s ludicrous that Aidan would be appointed the DA given that a few weeks ago he returned from the dead following the exposure of his scheme to murder and bilk Hope AND his teenage son is a rapist.  So contrived.

Does the Salem PD always cover up crimes committed by the town’s citizens/relatives?

So will Sonny hire detective Paul to clear Victor’s name?  That could be interesting to see them working together on the case and romance blossoms.  Then again, this is DAYS.  The new writing is about kick in so let’s hope we see some improvements such as interesting plots and stories. Little things like that.


EastEnders  (U.K.)

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 11.16.54 AMSo Ben and Jay are going to murder Paul’s killers and then skip town forever?  Hmmm I have the feeling it’s not going to quite work out that way.

I am glad to see them being there for each other, but if Ben really wanted to help Jay he’d get him off the drugs.  Jay has already lost so much, he’ll lose everything if he keeps this up.  I still blame Phil for this mess.  He should have never kicked out Jay in the first place and put him on this downward spiral.

I’ve been seeing complaints from some viewers that Ben and Johnny haven’t hooked up yet.  Um… Ben’s boyfriend of over a year was murdered a couple of weeks ago. Give the boy time to grieve (and find his lover’s killers), okay?


Emmerdale  (U.K.)

I think it’s been established long ago that Liv is free to do whatever the hell she wants and Aaron will still put up with her.  I know that scene was meant to be cute, but I’m just not down with this Aaron raising his little sister mess.  It’s not right for the character and that (along with how they’ve domesticated Robert and made Aaron a nag) has made Aaron boring as hell.

Don’t get me wrong, Isobel Steele is a great young actress and the casting as Aaron’s sister couldn’t be more perfect. But I don’t think her presence is necessary and has certainly been detrimental.


Hollyoaks (U.K.)

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 11.18.46 AMPoor JP, I hope he gets his sight back soon.  I really want him to work things out with James, though I suspect he’ll get back with Scott, get his vision back and be stuck in that awful relationship again before getting back with James.

I’m also glad that the Myra/Sally war is over.  I always thought it was stupid that JP treated Sally better than his mother after the reveal that Sally was JP’s bio-dad.

The confrontation with James was fun too.

I do agree with those who think James is the best, most intriguing gay character since Brendan Brady. And if the show plays it right, he could be as popular as well.  Don’t come at me Brendan fans.

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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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