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  1. Faulkner

    HBO's Looking

    I'm assuming it'll come back alongside Girls in January.
  2. An interesting perspective from a gay man: http://www.thebacklot.com/is-there-too-much-gay-sex-in-how-to-get-away-with-murder/10/2014/
  3. Faulkner

    HBO's Looking

    That's how I feel about Looking. The show could easily delve more into Agustin's self-loathing or include more of Richie's perspective. There's no reason to go full Degrassi, to use SFK's term.
  4. He's DREADFULLY miscast. But would I throw him out of bed? Hell naw.
  5. I think Burgess is very attractive, but I'm into silver foxes, so it makes sense.
  6. Well, in this case, he's the only character for whom these types of scenes make any kind of sense. None of the other characters seem to have active sex lives. And for Connor, sex is transactional and it drives story, since he uses sex to gain crucial information that pushes along each episode's case. I hate to seem like I'm defending this show, but for me, the sex scenes are the only part of HTGAWM I genuinely enjoy. The actor is hot. Eventually it'll get old, and in that event, I'll stop watching.
  7. I was hoping for this to be better, but it's just so slow and glum and the dead child trope is just soooo overused. But Dominic West has a hot ass, so that's something.
  8. Faulkner

    HBO's Looking

    Exactly. No excuse for the GH, Days, Y&R, and B&B to be so lily-white and full of tokens when shows like Shonda's dramas and possibly Looking are diversifying their casts (and most importantly, given minorities lead parts and front burner status) to great success.
  9. One could argue that SN is the main reason why Phyllis was a viable character for so many years, as SN's performance did a lot to redeem her. Stafford should really be thanking her immensely for, in a way, extending her daytime career.
  10. It's definitely revisionist history to call Sandra Nelson a flop, but I think it comes from the soap press (like Michael Logan) who have been riding Stafford's dick for years. Most soap fans, even on Mediadomain, seemed to enjoy SN in the role. I wasn't the biggest fan, but mostly because I thought it was ridiculous to continue to shoehorn a psycho into the fabric of the show. And I'm not a fan of recasts in general, as they most often feel like entirely different characters due to different interpretations by actors.
  11. My fear is that they'll scapegoat the gay content for any fall in ratings. It's clear that Peter Nowalk has a mission to push boundaries with gay content on broadcast TV, and I think that's a worthy mission. We've seen so much "graphic" straight sex and similar innuendo on TV that it barely registers for us. Remember all of the heaving buttocks on NYPD Blue? That was in the '90s. I have admired ABC's willingness to stand behind shows with casts that reflect the subways some of us ride every day and allowing folks other than straight white folk to take the lead. I don't want to see that curtailed.
  12. GG played Nick with such an aura of violence. In the scene in which Althea says she'd never marry Nick, he came as so imposing and aggressive that I was afraid he'd strike her. But Liz Hubbard gave as good as she got in that scene. Such a fascinating and electric dynamic between the two of them.
  13. Faulkner

    HBO's Looking

    Yep, that's my fear as well. I hope they didn't simply cave to pressure for the show to be all gay things to all gay people. The show was already dealing with some interesting diversity issues that they could have explored more deeply.
  14. I can't stand Phaedra, but let's be real: she is one of the best at reunions. She's intimidated by Nene, yes, but there's no way Kenya or Cynthia can touch her. I'm not as familiar with Claudia, but she has her work cut out for her. The only way I see Phaedra going down is when all of the skeletons fall out of the closet, and in that event, I'd expect her to pull an Adrienne Maloof.
  15. I did. I was hopeful, but the more the students' identities are revealed, and the more the weekly stories unfold, the more the writing (and acting) deficiencies are exposed. There's very little on the show that I buy.
  16. A Vanity Fair article calls the show "the most progressive on TV": http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/2014/10/how-to-get-away-with-murder-gay-sex I wonder if the more conservative viewers are turned off. Like I said, even I was surprised by the frankness of the gay sex depictions, especially when the assistant took off his pants, clearly glancing down at his erection. I haven't seen many heterosexual scenes that suggestive on network TV. Happy that they are pushing boundaries, and good for Paul Lee and his team for allowing it. Too bad the show just isn't good.
  17. Ok, I lied. I turn on the show and Connor is banging another dude. I will give the producers credit for bringing frank depictions of gay sex to broadcast TV, even if there's no substance to any of it. The ratio of gay-to-straight sex on HTGAWM is high. But wow, the acting is baaaad. Like syndicated adventure series in the early '90s bad. Connor's conquest's speech before he fell out the window was just sub-amateurish.
  18. This show is marvelous. Wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much I am. We've been so shortchanged as soap fans in this era. And Dr. John Rice is my favorite. Sort of pathetic but also the smartest guy in the room.
  19. I want to support Shonda as a producer, but this show is already a frantic, hideous mess and has lost my attention. The acting is poor, especially from Harry Potter kid. At least Scandal has a handful of fantastic actors (Bellamy Young, Jeff Perry, Darby Stanchfield, Kerry when she applies herself) to make up for the often weak, repetitious, and contrived writing. HTGAWM has Viola, and forgive me, but she seems uncomfortable in this role. This is an Angela Bassett role, in my opinion. Need to catch up on Parenthood.
  20. I thought Eva Longoria really improved and was by far the funniest on DH, but that's just me. Not to make this an Eva thread.
  21. Beth Maitland is really beautiful. Only in a soap world would that be considered the "ugly duckling." Granted, the show often styled her to look dumpy and BM played Traci's insecurities to the hilt, but she's really gorgeous there, even with the unbelievably smokin' Don Diamont in her midst.
  22. Agreed. They expected DT, an actor who thrives on playing vulnerability, to play a Billy Miller-esque frat boy, fire him, and then totally revamp the character into a generic leading man (nothing at all like Billy Miller) for Burgess. Really just says it all about this show. Feels a little like the final years of ATWT. I only watch Y&R when I'm off work, but have they always written Michael Baldwin *this* flamboyantly gay? When he was doing the yenta accent with Phyllis, I thought, the writers aren't even attempting to write this character as heterosexual.
  23. JFP, Sony, et al see the Bell way as terribly slow and old-fashioned and are ashamed of it.
  24. Might I get the link as well? Thank you!
  25. "Phaedra is having an affair with some African man named CHOCOLATE?!?!" LMAO!
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