Michael Ausiello
September 04, 2008 AT 11:20 PM EDT

There’s a cougar loose on Wisteria Lane! And not the Kim Bauer kind! The Kim Cattrall kind!

Sources confirm to me exclusively that the sublime Gail O’Grady (American Dreams, NYPD Blue) is joining the cast of Desperate Housewives as the cul-de-sac’s newest troublemaker.

As I teased in this week’s episode of Ausiello TV, her character — which will appear on a recurring basis — was originally conceived as a Mrs. Robinson-esque seductress who sets her sights on one of Lynette’s rapidly aged twin terrors. I say originally because it’s entirely possible some of those plans have changed.

One thing I know for sure:  O’Grady’s alter ego will be married. Producers are currently casting the role of her hubby.

Anyone know what Tom Verica’s up to?

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