'Desperate Housewives' Expands Recurring Cast
When Desperate Housewives returns in April, fans will finally be able to meet Katherine Mayfair's (Dana Delany) infamous ex-husband.

TV Guide's Mike Ausiello is reporting that actor Gary Cole has been cast in the role, and will begin appearing on the hit dramedy on April 20, which is the show's second episode back from the strike-imposed hiatus.  Cole will reportedly appear in a number of episodes.

For those who are not familiar with Cole, the 51-year-old actor has worked extensively in both television and film, having recently appeared in such series as Supernatural, The West Wing, Shark and Arrested Development, and in movies like Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and American Pastime.  He has also done some voice-acting for animated series like Harvey Birdman, Attorney-at-Law and Kim Possible, and will star in the upcoming HBO dramedy 12 Miles of Bad Road.

In addition to Cole, Ausiello has also reported that Chris Carmack, known for his portrayal of Luke in the now defunct FOX series The O.C., has been tapped to play a potentially recurring role.

Carmack will reportedly play Susan's (Teri Hatcher) studly cousin Tim, who drops by Wisteria Lane to help Susan with her taxes and ends up doing Mike's (James Denton), as well.  Along the way, he gets into a little mischief.

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is also busy looking for an actor who will play the teenage version of Tim, who will appear in a flashback.  Tim apparently witnessed a tragic event that possibly involves Susan.

It is not yet known when Carmack will first appear on the show.

Meanwhile, Desperate Housewives will have five new episodes for viewers when it comes back to continue its fourth season.  A two-hour season finale has reportedly been planned.  Show star Brenda Strong also told TV Guide that the remaining drama-packed installments will "tie up Season 4 in a nice bow, so we can start fresh with Season 5.”

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: TV Guide
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