The Desperate Housewives are getting a gay neighbor next season. Two of them, in fact.
The ABC series’ gay creator, Marc Cherry, confirms a queer couple will be moving into the struggling soap. While the actors have yet to be named, Cherry says the gays, who are moving into Alfre Woodard’s old digs, will butt heads with Teri Hatcher’s character, Susan. Cherry tells AfterElton:
We’re going to have the first male desperate housewives. They will move into the old Applewhite house and one of the gay men will just have a fractious, hateful relationship with Teri Hatcher.
I just decided to have them move onto the street and have as many issues as any other couple. And Susan wants to be so politically correct and show how open-minded she is and she puts her foot in her mouth instantly and it goes downhill from there. I’m basing it a little bit on my relationship with my neighbors.
Though Cherry’s not leaking any of the juicy details, he promises the show’s other gay character – Marcia Cross’ evil son, Andrew, played by Shawn Pyfrom – will be back to his old tricks this season.
Cherry again promised things will be different this season for the reformed troublemaker who may not be so reformed. “We’re not doing much with him at the beginning of the year but in the third episode, we have a fun thing that happens,” Cherry explained. Andrew will somehow become involved in Lynette’s (Felicity Huffman) cancer storyline and revert to his former evil ways.
Cherry said Andrew’s sexuality will not be prominently dealt with in early episodes, especially with the new gay neighbors shaking things up.
Hopefully he gay drama can help boost the show, which faced a ratings slump in its third season. And, even more importantly than stupid ratings, hopefully the gay hubbies are as steamy as their female counterparts. And as bitchy.