Marcia Cross, Shawn Pyfrom, Joanna Cassidy

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Fear not. Despite how the photo and title above may look, Desperate Housewives isn't doing anything scandalous like giving Wisteria Lane's resident gay son Andrew (Shawn Pyfrom) an opposite-sex lover.

Quite the opposite! I'm told by reliable inside sources that Joanna Cassidy (who played Brenda's awesomely hateable mom on Six Feet Under) has been cast on the show, and she will be playing...

The mother of Andrew's new boyfriend!

Now, this excites us for three reasons:

  1. She rocked on Six Feet.
  2. Word is she's "the exact opposite of Bree," which should make for some good TV. (Marcia Cross + another seasoned actress + verbal sparring = pure entertainment.)
  3. If Andrew is meeting his boyfriend's mother, and Bree is meeting her son's boyfriend's mother, chances are that things will be very serious in this new relationship. Remember, this is five years in the future, so anything could be possible! I'm told this will be a significant story arc.

Cassidy, whose character is named Melina, makes her first appearance in episode 11.

Be sure to check out Desperate Housewives this Sunday on ABC...

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