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Neal McDonough is Desperate's new man

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 28th 2008 11:04AM
Neal McDonoughOne thing you have to say about the powers that be at Desperate Housewives, they're really great with casting. Great looking guys, beautiful women, quirky character actors; we've seen them all on Wisteria Lane and usually they leave a lasting impression.

The latest name to check in to Desperate Housewives is Neal McDonough. He'll be appearing in the new season and Hollywood Reporter is wondering how he'd do with Nicolette Sheridan's character, Edie Britt. Is that wondering or playing matchmaker? How do we know that Marc Cherry isn't setting him up as a mystery man from Bree's past? Cherry is nothing if not inventive, so good luck trying to anticipate his plotlines!

Neal McDonough is a well-known face on TV, but he's a guy who's never quite had a breakout hit. He was riveting in Band of Brothers on HBO, which lead to an NBC primetime series.

Remember when Boomtown was being hailed as NBC's next great show? The pilot was great, and Neal was terrific as its lead. The show sort of fell apart after the pilot -- and hasn't that happened to other highly-touted series before -- and McDonough moved on to the next project.

There was Medical Investigation, Traveler, the mini Tin Man. As an actor, McDonough is always working.

Now, it's Desperate Housewives. In addition to McDonough, Gale Harold will also be joining DH in the recurring role as Ken. In the flash-forward finale, he was the man kissing Susan.

Harold, a fan favorite from Queer as Folk, was killed in Vanished on Fox -- that was a show that ended too soon -- and also did a two-parter on Grey's Anatomy.

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Boomtown was a great show.. there was just too much prase for all the actors on the show and for the show it's self, for it to suddenly "not be good enough" to continue. If "the powers that be", would not have moved it around in the time/day slots ( at least 3 times) I believe it would still be on! Someone did not want the show to continue..

July 03 2008 at 6:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff N.

I thought Boomtown was a very good show. The public just didn't embrace it.

June 28 2008 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Brent McKee

"Boomtown" was a very good show...in the first season. It wasn't embraced by the public and so of course the network changed it to save it, which only served to lose the audience that loved it without gaining the audience that didn't. Networks seem to operate on the Vietnam War principle of "in order to save the village we had to destroy it."

June 28 2008 at 4:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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