At this rate, Nicollette Sheridan’s legal crusade against her former “Desperate Housewives” overlords is going to last longer than the series itself.
Ousted “Desperate Housewives” star Sheridan will go to trial against Touchstone Television on Dec. 2., an individual with knowledge of the proceeding told TheWrap on Monday.
Sheridan’s initial wrongful-termination suit against Disney and Touchstone ended in a mistrial last March, after a jury deadlocked 8 to 4 in Sheridan’s favor.
In her first suit, which was filed in 2010 and sought $20 million, Sheridan claimed that she was fired from “Desperate Housewives” after complaining that series creator Marc Cherry had struck her during a September 2008 rehearsal. Cherry maintained that he was merely giving Sheridan stage direction, and the defense maintained that the decision to kill off Edie Britt, Sheridan’s character, was made in May 2008, prior to the incident.
A battery charge against Cherry was dropped before the trial went to jury.
Sheridan lost an appeal bid on her wrongful termination claim in November. However, the actress still had the option to sue under California Labor Code 6310 (b), which protects employees from being terminated or threatened with termination if they make a complaint about workplace safety.
Sheridan’s attorney has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
|February 19||‘Knots Landing’ returns to UK TV on CBS Drama|
Re-runs of classic US soap Knots Landing will air on CBS Drama from April, it has been confirmed.
It will be the first time the classic TV show has aired in the UK for nearly 17 years. It joins CBS Drama’s current lineup of classic Americans soaps, which includes original series of Dallas, Melrose Place and Dynasty.
The Dallas spin-off was a big ratings hit in the ’80s for CBS in America. It originally aired in the UK on the BBC.
Chris Sharp, chief programming officer for CBS Chello Zone channels, said: “After the amazing success of Dallas on CBS Drama, our viewers have demanded that we show Knots Landing next, bringing it back to UK television after 17 years.
“We are very enthusiastic about its launch. The series has many energetic storylines and incredible captivating cliff-hanging episodes, which we’re sure will appeal to our ever-growing, loyal audience.”
Set in a fictional coastal suburb in LA, Knots Landing centered on the lives of Gary and Valene Ewing and three other families – the Fairgates, the Averys and the Wards.
The cast included Nicollette Sheridan, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark, Donna Mills and Michele Lee, and featured appearances from Alec Baldwin, Halle Berry and Marcia Cross.
Knots Landing will air from Monday, April 1 at 11pm on CBS Drama.
|February 6||Forevermark Collection Cocktail Party|
After a while out of the public eye (and with her fixed lawsuit apparently going into retrial), Nicollette attended the Hoorsenbuhs for Forevermark cocktail party with her brother Nicholas.
|December 18||Nicollette Sheridan Allowed To Sue ABC Again|
Former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan has been given another chance to sue ABC, RumorFix is reporting exclusively.
According to court documents obtained by RumorFix, the California Court of Appeals ruled that Touchstone (which produced Desperate Housewives) didn’t fire Nicollette, they merely didn’t pick up the option on her contract.
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The 48-year-old argued that her character Edie Britt was killed off and she was fired from the prime time soap because she complained about an alleged assault by the show’s creator, Marc Cherry.
The jury was deadlocked. The appellate court ruled that the judge should have approved Touchstone’s request for a directed order ruling that Touchstone didn’t fire her because they simply didn’t pick up her option.
But the court also decided Nicollette is free to amend her complaint claiming that “Touchstone retaliated against her for complaining about unsafe work conditions (e.g., Cherry’s conduct) by deciding not to exercise its option to renew her contract.”
The actress must now attempt to assert that her exit from the hit ABC show violated the state’s labor code.
The California Supreme Court has denied an appeal by actress Nicollette Sheridan of her case against ABC and Touchstone Television over her firing from Desperate Housewives.
The state’s highest court issued the brief ruling Friday. “The petition for review is denied,” the court’s chief justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote. “The request for an order requesting depublication of the opinion is denied.”
The move is the latest development in a two-and-a-half year legal saga stemming from a Sheridan’s exit from the hit ABC dramedy. The actress first sued producers ABC Studios, Touchstone and Housewives creator Marc Cherry for $20 million in April 2010, claiming she was fired in retaliation for complaining about being hit in the head by Cherry during an argument on the set. Cherry later was dismissed from the Los Angeles Superior Court suit, and a jury earlier this year failed to reach a verdict in a high-profile trial against ABC/Touchstone.
But before a second trial date could be set, a court of appeal ruled in August that trial judge Elizabeth Allen White should have issued a directed verdict for ABC/Touchstone because Sheridan wasn’t fired, her contract simply was not renewed between seasons 5 and 6 of the show. Instead, Sheridan should have been directed to refile her case under California’s Labor Code.
Sheridan asked for a rehearing of her claims and was denied. She then appealed to the state Supreme Court, which now has denied her.
The case likely will next be referred back to the court of appeal, which will direct the trial court to allow Sheridan to proceed with a claim that her exit from the show violates the state’s labor code. She could eventually get a new trial on these issues but ABC/Touchstone likely will try to get the case dismissed on procedural grounds.
ABC lawyer Adam Levin declined to comment on the latest ruling. We’ve reached out to Sheridan’s attorney Mark Baute for comment.
|November 4||Carousel Of Hope|
A couple of weeks ago, Nicollette attended the 26th Anniversary Carousel Of Hope Ball, where George Clooney was honored with the Brass Ring Award for his efforts in advocating various humanitarian causes.
|October 5||Mini hiatus|
There hasn’t been much going on so it won’t make much difference. But in case there was any news, I wanted to let you know I won’t be able to update for a couple of weeks.
Go to the gallery and check the latest screencaptures I uploaded if you haven’t done so yet. I’ll resume posting as soon as possible.
|September 13||Denied Rehearing Of ‘Housewives’ Court Loss|
In August, California’s second appellate district court ruled that Sheridan was not unlawfully terminated when she was killed off the hit ABC series at the end of season 5.
A California court of appeal has denied a request by actress Nicollette Sheridan for a rehearing after her key claims against Desperate Housewives studio ABC/Touchstone were tossed last month.
In August, California’s second appellate district court ruled that Sheridan was not unlawfully terminated when she was killed off the hit ABC series at the end of season 5. Sheridan’s wrongful-termination claim was disallowed but she was told she can refile her case to allege a violation of the state’s Labor Code.
Sheridan’s legal team then asked for a rehearing but in a short ruling dated Sept. 7, the appeals court has denied the request. The decision was expected.
Petition for rehearing is denied.”
|September 6||JEWTOPIA Opens 13th Annual Toyota Malibu Film Festival|
The 2012 Malibu Film Festival (MFF) proudly announces the Los Angeles Premiere of JEWTOPIA as its Opening Night film. The red carpet screening of JEWTOPIA will take place on September 22, 2012 at 7:30pm at Malibu Lumber Yard (3939 Cross Creek Road). The Opening Night gala reception will take place at Malibu Lumber Yard (3939 Cross Creek Road).
Inspired from the international smash hit play seen by over a million people, JEWTOPIA (2012, USA, 89 minutes) stars Ivan Sergei, Joel David Moore, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jon Lovitz, Rita Wilson, Tom Arnold, Peter Stormare, Camryn Manheim, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Wendie Malick, Nicollette Sheridan, Phil Rosenthal, Christine Lakin, Hayes MacArthur and Lin Shaye. The story is about Christian O’Connell (Sergei) and Adam Lipschitz (Moore) — two childhood friends who reunite as adults to help each other land the women of their dreams. Chris wants to marry Allison (Hewitt), a Jewish girl, so that he’ll never have to make another decision for as long as he lives. Adam is on the verge of getting married to Hannah (Sigler), a woman he is not content with. When Chris enlists Adam’s help in pretending to be Jewish so that Allison will date him, cultures collide and chaos ensues!
“It’s been an incredible journey from what started as a little show in Los Angeles. I believe the film not only captures the outrageous comedy that made the stage play so popular, it also tells the universal story of cultures clashing and families getting in the way of finding true love. I’m thrilled to be having our Los Angeles premiere in the city that I live in and love, Malibu,” stated director Bryan Fogel.
Following the screening, the Festival will host an Opening Night gala at Malibu Lumber Yard.
Tickets to the Opening Night screening and gala are $50 each and are available at http://www.malibufilmfestival.com starting September 5. Patrons can also purchase tickets to the Opening Night gala for $40 each. Guests must be at least 21 years old and cocktail attire is suggested.
About the Toyota Malibu Film Festival
Celebrated as a boutique film festival, the Toyota Malibu Film Festival hand-picks and presents the best current independent films from around the world. Committed to entertaining the public, the MFF focuses on showcasing an eclectic mix of non-studio independent films. The 13th annual Toyota Malibu International Film Festival runs September 22nd – September 23rd and will spotlight up to 40 entertaining films from around the world.
Cast and crew from JEWTOPIA are scheduled to appear at the red carpet and screening. Red carpet arrivals will take place from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. The screening will commence at 7:30pm.
|August 17||DH Lawsuit Gets Shot Down|
Nicollette Sheridan was not wrongfully fired from TV’s “Desperate Housewives,” an appeals court ruled Thursday, but the actress should be allowed to pursue claims that she was retaliated against for complaining that the show’s creator struck her.
A three-justice panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal agreed with attorneys for ABC and Touchstone Television that Sheridan left the show when her contract was not renewed after the show’s fifth season, and that barred the actress from receiving a new trial of her wrongful termination lawsuit.
“Sheridan cannot pursue a cause of action for wrongful termination in violation of public policy because, contrary to what she claims, she was not fired, discharged or terminated,” the court wrote in a 10-page ruling.
The court, however, ruled that Sheridan should be allowed to file an amended lawsuit claiming retaliation, although her damages would be limited to her salary losses.
Adam Levin, who represents ABC and Touchstone Television, praised the ruling. “The Court of Appeal correctly found that Ms. Sheridan was not terminated. Instead, her employment ended because Touchstone elected not to renew her contract after her character, Edie Britt, died on the show. Her last remaining claim for wrongful termination is gone, and while she may seek to add an OSHA claim, we believe we will prevail on that claim as well,” he said in a statement.
But Sheridan’s attorney Marc Baute is not giving up: “We will prosecute Touchstone to the fullest extent of the law under Labor Code Section 6310,” Baute said in a statement. Sheridan claimed in her initial lawsuit that her Housewives character Edie Britt was suddenly killed off in early 2009 and that she was fired from the show because of complaints the actress made over an alleged head-hitting incident on the series’ set with executive producer and series creator Marc Cherry on September 24, 2008.