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Originally published at LoveLure's Luke and Reid Blog. You can comment here or there.


Yes! An update! Sorry not to have been able to post more updates lately, but RL is out of control so I haven’t had much time for fandom stuff (didn’t even get a chance to report on the release of Silent House, the cancellation of I Hate My Teenage Daughter), and Left Loosey Right Tighty’s festival premiere.

AfterElton’.com’s 2012 edition of their Hot 100 is out and nearly two years after the demise of As the World Turns, and Van Hansis and Eric Sheffer Stevens still make the cut.

Eric rings in at #81, represented by one of his FOX press junket photos. And Van is #72 with his Facebook profile pic from sometime back in 2010.

In the meantime, Darren Criss and Chris Colfer are #1 and 2 (again) and Y&R’s Shemar Moore is smokin’ at #74.

Enjoy the complete listing (and gallery!) at: http://www.afterelton.com/2012-hot-100.

Luke and Reid both among AfterElton’s Top 50 Favorite TV Characters

In the meantime, I had a few minutes a little while back to surf for fun a few weeks back and ran across AfterElton’s 2012 list of Top 50 Favorite TV Characters. This was posted back in February, but well, y’know, this is the first chance I’ve had to see it.

Among the predictable results (Blaine Anderson #1, Kurt Hummel #2) plus obviously great characters from across the spectrum of (Willow Rosenberg, Mary Richards, Dana Scully, Lucy), not to mention some amusing selections (Golden Girls, Will and Grace’s Jack McFarland at #49 and Karen Walker at #4, Jamie Sommers – but not Wonder Woman), and one of my personal favorites, Jean-Luc Picard.

Plus there was one interesting at #38 was Burt Hummel, Kurt’s understanding dad. How much does it say that a loving parent who unconditionally accepts his child is such a standout? Shouldn’t this be the norm? Well, maybe only in my dreams and wishes…

But onto the LuRe news: BOTH Luke and Reid made the top 50 (of all time!) which just reinforces what an impression they made. Finishing in the higher position (not surprisingly given his longer run and dual fan base) was:

13. Luke Snyder, As the World Turns (Van Hansis)

[On Air: 2005-2010] The template for creating a successful gay male soap character, Luke Snyder wasn’t on the periphery, he was a part of the core family of As The World Turns. In addition to the usual soap teen problems (alcoholism, paternity issues, parental strife, deadly kidney infection), he also had to deal with coming-out issues, including bullying, blackmail, and attempted "re-orientation camp" abduction.
In other words, he was a classic soap opera character.

The drama extended to his love life, which included daytime’s first guy/guy romantic kiss, as well as kisses that were … less successful. And he had three great loves in his life: A sensitive barista, a cranky doctor … and striped shirts.

Lots of striped shirts.

But making a more than respectable showing was our favorite crotchety neurosurgeon:

21. Dr. Reid Oliver, As the World Turns (Eric Sheffer Stevens)

[On Air: 2010] Luke Snyder‘s second love began on a strong note … of hatred. Feeling guilty for the blinding of his boyfriend Noah, Luke called on the services of brilliant neurosurgeon Reid Oliver, using blackmail to entice the arrogant doctor to save Noah’s eyesight.

After the successful surgery, Luke and Reid found themselves drawn together, and after "Nuke" decided to split, "LuRe" became the show’s gay supercouple, albeit briefly.

Reid instantly captured the attention of viewers, who loved his combination of sarcasm, wit, aloofness, and ginger hotness. As gruff as he seemed, Reid’s heart was always in the right place. Well, until it was transplanted into the body of of a shaved baboon.

(Oh yeah, and Noah Mayer makes an appearance at #26, but not either half of Kish). Given the competition these characters were up against – all television characters, gay or straight – from primetime, daytime, network and cable…from the beginning of time – Luke and Reid are among some pretty impressive company!

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