'Desperate Housewives' Actor Neal McDonough Turns 'Vigilante Priest'

Neal McDonough, who was reportedly fired from ABC's 'Scoundrels' for refusing to film sex scenes because of his religious beliefs, has found a new role in 'Vigilante Priest' on Starz.

According to Deadline Hollywood, McDonough, of 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Band of Brothers' fame, was sacked from ABC's summer series 'Scoundrels' for his refusal to act out sex scenes. Now, the Catholic actor is taking his religious beliefs to Starz for 'Vigilante Priest,' a series he co-created with 'Law and Order' veteran Walon Green.

McDonough will play, well, a vigilante priest -- a former police officer-turned-man of the cloth who takes law enforcement into his own hands.

On past shows such as 'Boomtown' and 'Desperate Housewives,' McDonough has not acted in sex scenes. When he signed on for 'Scoundrels,' ABC reportedly knew of his beliefs.

McDonough will also serve as an executive producer on the new series, along with Green and John Avnet. The actor is currently filming Marvel's 'Captain America' flick in London.

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Aug 28, 2010 7:03PM EDT

i am glad someone holds strong to religious belief in hollywood.ABC just lost a great actor.i thought television was alll about giving approipate entertainment with education.when did it become about sex scenes,and peverted leadership.God help us.

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