Desperate Housewives is set to shock fans with a lesbian storyline. Marcia Cross' character Bree Van De Kamp is to fall for another woman, and rumors are rife Kim Cattrall is being lined
up to play the redhead's gay lover. Kim Delaney is also being considered by bosses.

However, the controversial plot could prove to be difficult for Cross to film as she has been plagued by rumors about her own sexuality over the last year.

A source said: "Bree will embark on a big romance that will really turn heads. In an ironic twist to the false rumours that plagued Marcia in real life, straight laced Bree is set to take on a secret gay lover."

But the sexy interlude will be short-lived. Bree's son Andrew - who had a gay rendezvous of his own - discovers her secret and outs his mother. The storyline is an attempt by producers to increase viewing figures for the show, and it is believed creator Marc Cherry will direct the episodes.