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Gays of our Lives: The Water Runs Deep

In this week’s Gays of Our Lives, things are heating up between Henry and James on A Place to Call Home.   But a shocking return looks to turn their lives upside down.  Also, Billy learns about Todd’s deception on Coronation Street.  Is this the end of them.  Plus, the latest on People of the Valley, Holby City, Days of Our Lives – and more!

And next week, a new gay-themed mini-series debuts called Deep Water.  Deep Water is a fictionalized drama based on the investigation into a string of gay assaults and murders that took place in Sydney in the 80’s and 90’s, which remains unsolved to this day.  The series starts Noah Taylor (above) as Nick Manning, one of the investigators on the case.

SBS, which is airing the 4 part series, also produced a documentary of the actual case, which included interviews with those involved with the investigation, including some of the victims.  We’ll have clips (and a review) of the series once in airs.

Now, on with this week’s column…


PICKS AND PANS

A Place To Call Home (Australia)

This is really shaping up to be a terrific season.  The return of Harry  and the revival of the storyline of Sarah and Roy covering up Burt’s murder are adding some delicious drama to the show.  I loved Harry and can’t wait to see how his return affects James.

snapshot-1The scenes of Henry and James on their double date with Henry’s lesbian friends were fun and it showed how gays and lesbians had to pretend back then.  But I didn’t like James scolding Henry over being ‘feminine’ and I hated Henry apologizing for that.   James clearly still has a lot of issues.

That ‘I love you’ scene was very telling though.  Maybe James couldn’t say it because he doesn’t love Henry, not because he had trouble saying that to another man?  He told Henry he’s never been tempted to say that to another man, but was he in love with Harry?  And now with Harry being introduced into the story and staying at the hospital, and James going back to Ash Park (with Henry planning to visit), it’s going to get very interesting.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Sarah asks Henry to be Harry’s secret doctor, adding more tension to the storyline.

I like Henry and James together and they have some nice chemistry. But I can’t wait to see Harry thrown into the mix.

I’m glad Carolyn finally told someone about her rape (besides Jack).  Can’t wait to see what Elizabeth does.  I still think this season is going to end with Richard being killed off.

I had forgotten how hot Olivia and Lloyd were.  Thanks to the show for those steamy flashbacks.


Coronation Street  (U.K.)

Oh Todd.  Not only does he try and manipulate Billy into leaving the church, he doesn’t actually see how wrong he was and justifies his behavior.   That isn’t helpful.  Some contrition, some regret would be in order.  But I guess they are writing Todd in character.  He’s always been one to justify his bad actions.

Interesting that despite everything Billy still has doubts about his future in the church and may not go back.  Even though he’s angry about what Todd did, he still realizes Todd had a valid point.  Interesting plot beat.  But has Todd really gone to the dark side or is he just pretending to get the dirt on Phelan?  I guess that remains to be seen.


Days of Our Lives (U.S.)

I guess I’d forgotten Sonny didn’t ‘t know that Clyde had shot him.  Nice piece of history.  Will the reveal that Clyde killed EJ as well.  I guess with most of his family off canvas and Sami gone, it doesn’t really matter much anymore.

I think for a manhunt, there’s way too much standing around in living rooms and talking.  And what’s with all the men in the Kiriakis family making plans about protection while the women go shopping?  Misogynist, much?

So I guess besides Sonny’s snarky comments, people are mostly cool with Deimos now?  I guess we’ll forget he killed Bo?

I’m still not sure if this is the way to raise ratings.  I think the show should invest in some long term storytelling, but that doesn’t seem to be what they are interested in.


Emmerdale  (U.K.)

I thought Bob’s joke about Chrissie and Andy was funny, even though it was in totally bad taste.

It’s so funny how everytime someone has to do something, they just leave anybody in charge to run the bar.  LOL…

While he nearly killed himself in his own trap, I’m enjoying Robert as the schemer again.   He’s much more interesting that way.  I really enjoy Robert when Aaron isn’t around nagging him or he has to play surrogate father to Liv.

I do like Victoria being involved.  She needs more to do and the show doesn’t use her nearly enough.  However, was Robert just trying to scare Chrissie or was he just trying to hurt her? And how would that lead to her confessing about Andy?  His plan has a few flaws in it, I think.

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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.