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Gays of our Lives: A New Gay In The Neighborhood?

In this edition of Gays of Our Lives, Iolo and Tyler are at odds on People of the Valley, Henry and James have a day at the beach on A Place To Call Home and John Paul learns about James’ painful past on Hollyoaks.

And next week, is there a new gay coming to Neighbours? Takaya Honda (left, above) joins the cast as Dr. David Tanaka. nd David, along with his fraternal twin brother Leo, played by Tim Kano (right), come to town with a couple of secrets.

One is that David is struggling with his sexuality and devotes himself to his career rather than deal with what he really wants. I’m guessing Aaron will be the one to help David figure out he likes guys. Another coming out story. In 2016. Sigh.

And the other secret?  David and Leo have come for a mysterious reason and start digging into the pasts of the town’s most prominent citizens.   My guess is they are related to somebody in town.  Let’s hope it’s not Aaron.  Though that would be different than the usual gay drama.

On with this week’s column….

PICKS AND PANS

A Place To Call Home (Australia)

I literally laughed out loud when the hunky swimmer talking to James put on his priest’s collar.  It was an over the top moment, but I loved what the show was saying.  I’ve always appreciated that this show has told us that not only did gay people exist back then but they lived everyday lives and fell in love and had romances, even if they had to do it in secret. I enjoyed James and Henry’s scenes, but for some reason I get such a Dynasty Season 4 feel from them.  Folks might know that Season 4 was when Steven accepted that he was gay and fell in love with sweet, beautiful Luke Fuller.

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Steven, like James, still had plenty of conflict about his sexuality and was still tied to his marriage and child.  And like Luke Fuller, Henry is the understanding boyfriend, yet has little patience for dealing with James’ issues.  Eventually though Steven came around and committed to a life with Luke.  But let’s pray it doesn’t end for James and Henry like it did for Luke and Steven though.   No Moldavian Massacres please!vlcsnap-2016-09-19-07h11m48s242

I’m glad that Jack and Carolyn are putting her rape behind them and planning their wedding.  I love them together.  I really, really hated that plot point from last season.   If only they didn’t have to deal with that scuzzy Richard.  I have a feeling though that he’s being set up to be murdered by somebody before the season is over.

Poor Olivia is clearly being used.   I bet she never sees Lloyd again.  He’s gonna take her money and run.  And I’d bet it’s not the first time he’s taken advantage of a lonely wealthy woman.

I appreciated seeing very little of Gino.  I’ve honestly never cared for the character.  He’s always been kind of a drag on Anna and I don’t think he understands her.  I think Anna needs to meet some hunky fellow writer to challenge her in terms of her talent and it would lead to more of course.


Coronation Street  (U.K.)

vlcsnap-2016-09-19-07h47m49s090Eva is such a blabbermouth.  There was no reason to tell Billy about what Sean almost did.  Some friend.  I do feel sorry for Sean.  He’s never been my favorite, but he didn’t deserve to get cheated on, dumped and then accused of trying to destroy Billy and Todd’s relationship.

I didn’t expect Billy and Todd to exchange ILY’s.  That was a nice scene.  But, it’s obvious Todd is the one who made that call and he’s kind of manipulating Billy into leaving the church to make it easier for them to be together.  It’s classic scheming Todd.  It’s awful behavior.  And I don’t think Billy will forgive him for it when he finds out.

As for the other storyline, that really progressed quickly.  It was way too easy for Todd to finally figure out that Phelan was up to no good after months of trying to get dirt on him. But I didn’t expect the twist of Phelan asking Todd to go in with him.  Of course Todd will do it or there’s no story.  But is he doing it to trick Phelan or for the money?

Other Scenes

Phelan’s Questioned By The Police For Fraud


Days of Our Lives (U.S.)

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-7-18-02-amSo I guess these three villains are going to run around rampant in this small town for months terrorizing everybody and not get caught?  Okay.

They thought Orpheus was dead for all these years but instead he was in a local jail under an assumed name?  Umm… sure.

The scenes at the wedding were silly with Orpheus letting everybody go knowing they’d call the cops.  And to be honest, I’m not sure if bringing back a villain from 30 years ago is something current viewers would be interested in.  Guess we’ll see.

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Why would Orpheus take Paul hostage instead of Brady who is also John’s son?  If revenge against John was the idea, he failed at that plan. He just let Brady walk out!

I’m sorry but I do not feel sorry for Theresa at all and I have trouble seeing Xander as the villian.  She sent Xander (who was no saint) to jail on a phony rape charge just so she could get Brady for herself.  He has legit reason to hate her.  She’s gotta pay for that.  Has to.

Sonny is clearly in love with Paul and Paul still has feelings for Sonny.  So why aren’t they together?  What is keeping them apart?  Nothing really.  I know were to believe that Sonny is still ‘grieving’ Will.  But we’re not actually seeing that and Will has been dead for over a year.  And Will and Sonny weren’t even together and weren’t going to reunite before Will died.  Time to move on.  This would work so much better if Paul was involved with someone else and that was the conflict between them.  This way it just all seems silly.

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About the author

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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