John Barrowman: From Desperate Housewives to Glee?

  • Torchwood star John Barrowman is meeting with producers from the hit Fox musical series, Glee. He tells The Daily Mirror: “I absolutely love the show. What would I play in it? I’m not sure what kind of character I’d like to play, maybe I could be a teacher, you know, another teacher who comes in and helps out.”

    John also reveals a bit more about his role on Desperate Housewives. His character will be named Patrick Logan, and Barrowman says, “He is the most evil character they’ve ever introduced to the series. And that’s saying something!”

    Indeed, that really is saying something: last season DH viewers witnessed Neal McDonough‘s psycho-villain Dave Williams lighting a crowded nightclub on fire, attempting to murder a little boy, and setting in motion the death of a beloved housewife (Nicollette Sheridan‘s Edie). That’s a lot of evil to top. I just hope that Barrowman’s character isn’t yet another “shark-jumping” moment for the campy ABC drama. But between DH and Glee, it’s great to see Barrowman in such demand. The man has paid his dues.

    In other news:

  • Naomi Campbell won’t even get a slap on the wrist for her alleged bitchslap of her driver here in NYC yesterday. Her chauffeur told police that he was driving the British supermodel through Manhattan when she hit him from behind, causing his head to hit the steering wheel. When he pulled over to call the po-po, he said Ms. Nay-Nay fled the vehicle. Charges will not be filed, but Ms. Campbell could face a civil lawsuit. (The Sun)
  • Lady Gaga underwent four costume changes for her appearance on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, which will air March 12 on BBC AMERICA. Love the telephone hat! (This Is London)
  • Simon Cowell says he initially didn’t foresee Susan Boyle‘s emotional breakdown during Britain’s Got Talent because he “hadn’t thought about her as a human being.” That’s quite a brave thing to admit.(Telegraph)
  • Leona Lewis says she “stood up to Simon Cowell” when she was slotted to sing a hokey version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on X Factor: “Everyone kept telling me I had to sing it anyway so I decided to speak to Simon. Nobody wanted me to rock the boat but I just went to him and said, ‘We either have to change this track or I’m not doing this song’ and he said, ‘Okay, change it’ and that was that.” Fierce! (Digital Spy)
  • In spite of his “gay face,” Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has come out as straight.(The Sun)
  • Robert Pattinson will soon have his own wax likeness at Madame Tussauds. (Digital Spy)
  • Cheryl Cole isn’t seriously thinking about taking Ashley back? I suppose she is.
  • Should Cheryl dump Ashley and put down roots here in the States? That’s what her friends in the UK are saying.
  • My word. Keira Knightley has naked ladies around her neck. That’s one way to gain credibility at the Olivier awards luncheon.(Daily Mail)
  • There’s a massive vermin problem in London’s theater district, the West End According to a survey featured in The Stage, “more than 75% of stage managers and actors said that their West End venue had a problem with vermin and infestations.” The general secretary of the UK Equity, a trade union representing professional performers, says, “These findings mean that tonight, over 600 actors and stage managers will go to work knowing that they will probably see and smell vermin, both living and decomposing, in their workplace.” I wonder if Keira Knightley has a mouldering rat carcass in her dressing room right this moment.
  • Oscar nominee/BAFTA winner Carey Mulligan and boyfriend Shia LaBeouf apparently swapped spit on every NYC street corner earlier this week.(Daily Mail)
  • Racing star Lewis Hamilton confirms he’s back together with Pussycat Dolls frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger, who was announced as a contestant on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.(The Sun)
  • Actor David Morrissey – who has appeared on State of Play, Viva Blackpool, and the Doctor Who special, The Next Doctor – has directed a film about his hometown of Liverpool titled Don’t Worry About Me. The Guardian calls it a “love letter” to Liverpool, but Morrissey says he didn’t always feel so warm toward the city that produced The Beatles: “Liverpool will always be my home. In my 20s, I wanted to distance myself from it – I didn’t only want to be offered Scouse roles. But the older I get, the more of a pull it has.”
  • Sir Michael Parkinson has won libel damages from The Daily Mail, who had claimed the UK TV legend “had been insensitive to his uncle and had lied about his father in his autobiography.” (BBC)
  • Claire Forlani (!) and Green Wing star Stephen Mangan have joined Matt LeBlanc’s new sitcom Episodes, which is co-produced by Showtime and the BBC. The Hollywood Reporter says, “The project, which has a seven-episode order, revolves around a successful British husband-and-wife comedy team (Forlani, Mangan) thrilled by the prospect of producing an U.S. version of their hit series. But they soon are forced to replace the erudite British lead in the original with the quintessential U.S. comedy star, Matt LeBlanc, who is playing a version of himself.”
  • You can’t make this stuff up (except maybe on Desperate Housewives): inside a four-bedroom home in a quiet little English village, authorities found a “Nazi sex dungeon” featuring “chairs with straps, straight jackets, sex toys, gimp masks, S&M outfits, shackles, cattle prods, and car batteries used to power the toys.” (Telegraph)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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