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Awkward start for gay Desperate Housewives

Tue 23 Oct 2007 In: International News View at Wayback

Gay couple Bob and Lee have moved into Wisteria Lane - and made an enemy of Susan Myer instantly - in the new series of US comedy/drama Desperate Houswives. Tuc Watkins not their sexuality that's the issue - it's their bad taste in art. "Susan is so desperate to be nice, she puts her foot in her mouth and pisses them off," series creator Marc Cherry tells America's TV Guide. "She and Lee become instant enemies." Emotions escalate when the boys - played by Tuc Watkins and Kevin Rahm - unveil a pricey but annoyingly shiny sculpture/fountain on their front lawn. "Everyone is united in thinking it's the ugliest thing ever, but it tears Wisteria Lane apart," Cherry says. "Half the people want the fountain removed and half are defending Bob and Lee's right to have it. It causes a power struggle between Lynette and Kather­ine over who's going to run the homeowners' association." Bob and Lee have their secrets, the actors say - and there's a rumour that one of them may have a past in pornography. "C'mon, this is Desperate House­wives! I don't think you're allowed on the show unless you're hiding something," Rahm laughs. Both actors have played gay before: Tuc Watkins on US cable channel Showtime's Beggar and Choosers, and Rahm on CSI and flopped sitcom Crumbs as Fred Savage's boyfriend. "Rumour is, they were wooing David Beckham and Robbie Williams and that made a lot of actors want these roles," explains Rahm, who says he barely got in the door on the last day of auditions. He'd been shoot­ing a guest spot on Scrubs - in a bald cap - and was warned to be in Cherry's office no later than 6:30 pm. He wrapped Scrubs at 6:40pm. "I lucked out," Rahm says. "If Marc hadn't been running late, he wouldn't have seen me." The Desperate Housewives scene where Bob and Lee first meet Susan is shown below.     Ref: US TV Guide (m)

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First published: Tuesday, 23rd October 2007 - 10:30am

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