By Romeo San Vicente
John Barrowman takes a ‘Desperate’ turn
John Barrowman is the favorite gay actor of an extremely enthusiastic cult of “Torchwood” and “Dr. Who” addicts thanks to cable network BBC America. And though he has yet to earn household name status in the U.S., the 42-year-old sci-fi heartthrob known to his fans as Captain Jack Harkness is about to take one step closer to that sort of recognition with his latest job: tormenting the ladies of Wisteria Lane. Barrowman will shoot a multi-episode storyline of “Desperate Housewives” in March that will air later this spring, one that will see him turn from sci-fi good guy to suburban villain. “Housewives” creator Marc Cherry won’t divulge a single word of information about what sort of evil deeds Barrowman’s character will perpetrate. For now all that’s known is that he’s going to be up to no good, with all the sexy friction that sort of role entails. Good enough for Romeo.
Nate Berkus to cute up NBC
Nate Berkus, Oprah’s adorable go-to gay interior designer, may be the most sexually harassed man on television. (Just watch an episode of his boss’s show when he makes an appearance, and listen to the female audience squeal over the pleasure of the unattainable.) And he’s about to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire, as his own daytime talk show has just been sold to NBC/Universal. No word on the content of the series, although Berkus’s role on “Oprah” has recently expanded from home makeovers to entire life interventions, which may be a sign of things to come. Whatever happens between commercial breaks on the finished product, it’s kind of a no-brainer to expect the tasteful man with that warm smile and luxurious hair to charm the entire country this fall.
A ‘Glee’-ful boyfriend for Kurt
It’s one thing for there to be young gay romance on daytime soaps or on cable shows like “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” where viewership is, in general, smaller. It’s quite another for a teenage boy on TV’s biggest recent primetime breakout hit to be gifted with a boyfriend. But that’s what’s coming soon to the all-singing, all-dancing Fox juggernaut “Glee.” Current reports are that in season two of the already beloved series, Kurt (Chris Colfer) will find out that he’s not the only gay student at school (although he still may be the only who can dance to “Single Ladies” in a leotard with quite the same grace) and that he might enjoy prom night after all. Casting is underway for this groundbreaking storyline – quick, name another time this has happened on a big hit show – and the “Glee”ks are probably already taking bets on when they’ll get to kiss.
Nicholas Hoult gets his ‘Mad’ on
Whether you remember him as the boy of the title in the Hugh Grant-starring dramedy “About a Boy,” or simply know him as the now-grown-up-and-still-boyish-but-extremely-flirtatious student who woos Colin Firth in Tom Ford’s “A Single Man,” you’re going to see Nicholas Hoult’s face in far more wide-reaching multiplex offerings soon. Hoult – who’s also featured in the upcoming “Clash of The Titans” – just signed on for a role in “Fury Road,” which stars Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy (“Bronson”) and picks up where “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” left off. And no, he’s not Max. He play someone named Nux, which sounds just like “Max” if you’re not paying enough attention. The film shoots in Australia this summer for a 2011 release. And filmmakers, if you’re listening, please understand that while eye-candy like Hoult is great, we also want you to bring back Tina Turner.