The producers of "Hope & Faith" (search) didn't have to look far to find a love interest for Kelly Ripa's character (search) — they went to her husband.

Mark Consuelos (search), Ripa's real-life hubby, will appear in three episodes of his wife's ABC comedy.

He'll play a baseball player named the Gooch who moves into the house next door — and quickly falls for Faith.

Consuelos, who worked with Ripa when both were regulars on the soap opera "All My Children," is now on the Lifetime drama series "Missing."

He'll tape his "Hope & Faith" shows in November and December, with the episodes likely to air in February.