Hunky David Conrad ('The Ghost Whisperer,' 'The Firm') has been cast in the male lead of the upcoming Lifetime pilot 'The Secret Lives of Wives.'
Conrad's casting follows the principal casting of the main four female leads, Kim Raver (as Michelle), Salli Richardson (as Reed), Amber Clayton (as Keaton) and Lauren Bittner (as Jesse). Conrad will portray the husband of Raver's Michelle, a professor of English Literature named Wil. Michelle nursed Wil through a life-threatening illness fifteen years before the series begins; still grateful, still very much in love, Wil and Michelle intend to renew their wedding vows... making it all the more shocking when Michelle learns that Wil has been leading a double life. My guess is that Wil is having an affair with one of his graduate students--sure it's a cliche, but they all do it. THEY ALL DO IT.
The series is being developed from Iris Krasnow's nonfiction book "The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What it Really Takes to Stay Married." Set up as a confessional account of the seedier side of matrimony, Lifetime's series will take inspiration from the confessions in Krasnow's work and fictionalize them in new ways to torment their faithful main characters. Krasnow's previous works include "Surrendering to Motherhood" (1998), "Surrendering to Marriage" (2002), and "Surrendering to Yourself" (2003). I am picking up on a subtle theme of supplication in her work. I suppose if I was going to submit to anyone, I'd want him to look like David Conrad. Hot damn. Amirite, ladies?
'The Secret Lives of Wives' comes to Lifetime in 2013.