Neal McDonough is moving to Wisteria Lane, after playing Wyatt Cain on Tin Man, a three-part television miniseries re-imaging of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  The 42-year-old actor has joined the cast of ABC’s Desperate Housewives as a regular next season, according to Michael Ausiello, former TV Guide gossip columnist who has now taken a new post at Entertainment Weekly.

Aside from Tin Man, McDonough is also known for portraying Jack Freed on the short-lived American drama-thriller Traveler.  He is also credited for his roles on Medical Investigation, Boomtown, Band of Brothers, Murder One, and The Incredible Hulk, just to name a few.  On the big screen, he has been cast in They Call Him Sasquatch, Walking Tall, Silent Men, Flags of Our Fathers and Perfect Little Man, in which he won a Jury Award for Best Actor in 1999.

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On Desperate Housewives, McDonough will reportedly play a new white-collar resident who will cross romantic paths with Edie Britt.  This casting news will hopefully put a rest to rumors that Nicolette Sheridan won’t be coming back to the ABC dramedy.

McDonough is the second new addition to the cast of Desperate Housewives, following the casting of Gale Harold, who will recurrently appear as Ken, the mysterious man kissing Susan Meyer (Teri Hatcher) in the final flash-forward scene of this past season.

In addition to Desperate Housewives, McDonough has several upcoming projects slated for the silver screen.  He’ll be starring in the drama movie called Traitor, which also features Guy Pearce and Don Cheadle, and will be a father and a coach in the sports drama Forever Strong.  At present, he is filming action adventure Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, which is based on the popular video game, and The Seed, which will both be released in 2009.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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Kris De Leon

Staff Writer, BuddyTV