Tuc Watkins and Kevin Rahm, Desperate Housewives
Two gay guys are about to shake up Wisteria Lane, but it's not their sexuality that's the issue — it's their bad taste in art! On October 21, Desperate Housewives (Sundays at 9 pm/ET, ABC) will introduce newbie neighbors Bob and Lee — played by Tuc Watkins (One Life to Live) and Kevin Rahm (Judging Amy) — and they'll quickly get tiffy with Susan (Teri Hatcher).
"Susan is so desperate to be nice, she puts her foot in her mouth and pisses them off," reveals creator Marc Cherry. "She
Question: For a long time, I have been boycotting Desperate Housewives. I find the whole premise of the show annoying and I'm just not intrigued by any of the characters. Yet after learning that the very talented Tuc Watkins and Nathan Fillion will be regulars this season, I am considering tuning in. I've enjoyed Tuc for years on One Life to Live as David Vickers. I always treasured the hilarious scenes he had with Robin Strasser as Dorian. Same with Nathan Fillion. He was also on One Life to Live years ago as Joey Buchanan, a role he recently reprised for the show's 10,000th episode, and I loved him on Joss Whedon's Firefly and in his guest appearance on Lost. And let's not forget his role in Waitress, one of my favorite films this summer. It's obvious Housewives is trying to bring in new audiences — Fillion still has a huge following from Firefly and Tuc Watkins from OLTL. I was wondering if you think fans might be receptive or turned off by their new roles?
Answer: First off, you're
Tuc Watkins courtesy ABC; Kevin Rahm courtesy CBS
Well, it's not David Beckham and Robbie Williams, but this'll do.Desperate Housewives has tapped One Life to Live's Tuc Watkins and ex-Judging Amy actor Kevin Rahm to play Wisteria Lane's first gay couple. Watkins will play Bob, described as a country mouse who leaves the big city for greener (and quieter) pastures. Rahm is his bitchy partner, Lee. Both roles are of the recurring variety. Interestingly, the characters' names are a tribute to ABC News' Bob Woodruff and his wife Lee, whom series creator Marc Cherry befriended last spring.I'm not all that familiar with Rahm, but I'm a big fan of Watkins' work in both daytime (OLTL, GH) and prime time (Beggars and Choosers, where he also played gay). Your thoughts? Additional reporting by Jonathan Small