- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 2, 2006

Housewives’ new man

Former “Twin Peaks” G-man Kyle MacLachlan — most recently the star of ABC’s now-adjourned legal drama “In Justice” — just keeps on working, the Detroit Free Press reports.

He’s joining the cast of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” for several episodes, notes TVGuide.com.

“He’s a lovelorn, single dentist who is trying to make a connection with Susan (Teri Hatcher) says executive producer Tom Spezialy. As for whether Susan will be open to his overtures, Mr. Spezialy reminds us that she’s got her hands pretty full in the man department. “She’s already entangled with her ex-husband (played by Richard Burgi) and Mike (James Denton), so he’s very much the fourth wheel in this situation,” he says.

Which begs the question: What happens to Dr. Ron (Jay Harrington)?

‘Love’ reborn

Love is in the air over at VH1, and we don’t mean Flavor Flav’s “Flavor of Love” series.

The music network will air all eight episodes of the just-canceled “Love Monkey,” the Associated Press reports. The shows are scheduled to air later this month, although no new episodes of the series have been ordered.

The dramatic comedy, which looks at life and love through the eyes of a cynical, single, thirtysomething music scout, premiered on CBS in January. The network ordered eight episodes, but the series was scrapped after three.

VH1 will air the three previously seen shows back-to-back on April 11, starting at 7 p.m. The remaining five installments will air weekly on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. beginning April 18.

“Love Monkey,” based on Kyle Smith’s 2004 book of the same name, stars Tom Cavanagh as protagonist Tom Farrell. Jason Priestly, Larenz Tate and Christopher Wiehl also star.

Boy, oh Boy

The folks behind Showtime’s irreverent series “Penn & Teller: Bull-expletive” start their fourth season with a full-on assault on the Boy Scouts.

The series, hosted by the comic-magicians, debunks sacred cows with facts, spin and plenty of vulgarity.

Tonight’s episode, airing at 10 p.m. on the pay cable network, examines the Boy Scouts’ attitude toward homosexuals and atheists.

From the get-go, it’s clear the decks are stacked against the Scouts’ methods, and the fact that no official Boy Scout representative would talk to the show only worsens the bludgeoning.

Penn Jillette, a former Boy Scout himself, narrates with his usual blend of humor and outrage, but his rhetoric ranges from reasonable to crazed. He’s decrying the exclusionary tactics of the group one moment, then comparing their duty to God to that of a suicide bomber the next.

Far better are interviews with an aging Boy Scout leader harboring a secret and a competition between a team of straight teens and three homosexuals as to who can tie knots, pitch tents and fold flags the quickest.

The series is as compulsively watchable as ever, but between the quick cuts and charged dialogue viewers might want to do some fact checking on their own to make up their minds.

• Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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