Former The West Wing star Gary Cole has recently announced that he has signed up to join the cast of the ABC hit show Desperate Housewives. According to TV Guide, the signing ends an exhaustive and months-long search for an actor to play Katherine Mayfair's infamous ex-husband.

Desperate Housewives stars Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria Parker, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Nicollette Sheridan. The show centers on five women and the highs-and-lows of living in upper-middle class suburbia.

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Gary Cole will first be seen on Desperate Housewives on April 20th.