|January 30||The Suit Is Back On|
While a few weeks ago we were told it was finally over, another judge decided yesterday to let this go on for a little longer. A new hearing has been set in late April.
Desperate Housewives may be two years gone but the lawsuit lingers. A judge in Los Angeles has reinstated a suit by actress Nicollette Sheridan over her firing from the once top-rated ABC series.
The ruling on Wednesday could lead to a new trial on her claim that she was improperly ousted from the show in its fifth season.
City News Service reports that Superior Court Judge Michael Stern overturned an earlier ruling dismissing the suit.
Sheridan claims she was fired after complaining that series creator Marc Cherry struck her on set. A jury deadlocked 8-4 in her favor in 2012.
Cherry has denied the claim and been dismissed from the legal action. The show’s producer, Touchstone Television Productions LLC, also has denied the allegation.
Sheridan’s lawyer David Crochetiere says he is pleased with the ruling and believes it will allow the actress to have her day in court.
Touchstone attorney Adam Levin declined comment on the development.
|October 18||Case Dismissed|
A judge on Friday dismissed Nicollette Sheridan’s long-running wrongful termination lawsuit against ABC over her ouster from the hit television series “Desperate Housewives.”
Without ruling on the facts of the case, Superior Court Judge Michael Stern determined the actress should have exhausted her claims to a labor commissioner before pursuing a trial.
The ruling stalled Sheridan’s push for a retrial on claims filed in 2010 that she was fired after she complained that show creator Marc Cherry struck her on the head on the set in 2008.
Last year, a jury deadlocked 8-4 in favor of Sheridan lawsuit alleging ABC had retaliated against her and cut her Edie Britt character due to her complaints about Cherry.
ABC denied it fired Sheridan or retaliated against her. Cherry and several executives with the show and the company previously testified that the decision to kill off the role was made before the incident with Cherry.
Cherry denied hitting the actress, claiming he tapped her on the head for artistic direction.
“It’s the right result,” ABC’s attorney Adam Levin said after the hearing.
David Crochetiere, an attorney for Sheridan, said the ruling would be appealed. He noted that a majority of jurors sided with Sheridan in a two-week trial that focused on the behind-the-scenes intrigue and personalities involved in “Desperate Housewives.”
Sheridan had been seeking roughly $6 million from her former employers.
An appeals court ruled in August 2012 that ABC and Touchstone Television had not wrongfully terminated Sheridan from the show. However, the ruling allowed her to keep pursuing retaliation claims.
|September 23||The Christmas Spirit Starts Production|
Nicollette Sheridan (“Desperate Housewives”), Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis (“Moonstruck”) and Bart Johnson (Coach Bolton the “High School Musical” films) will star in a Hallmark Channel movie channel filming in Lebanon, Ohio.
Production starts next week on “The Christmas Spirit,” said George Zaralidis, Hallmark Channel spokesman. “The Christmas Spirit” was one of nine new original Christmas productions announced by the Hallmark Channel.
Actors, producers and director Jack Angelo, who also wrote the script, will be on a tight schedule. “The Christmas Spirit” will premiere in 10 weeks — at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 – the Hallmark Channel announced today.
Charlotte Hart (Sheridan), a distinguished journalist, is spending time with her family over the holidays when a real estate developer approaches their small town with quite an offer.
Skeptical and looking for the real scoop, Charlotte drives to see the real estate head honcho to question him. While she’s en route, she gets into a terrible car accident and wakes up in the hospital only to realize that her body is in a coma, but her spirit is very much awake. She meets another spirit, who just happens to be the greedy developer. It turns out that he was on the other end of the accident, and he too is in a coma. With only a few days left before the town votes on the development, Charlotte must try to change the minds of the developer and the town, but that is no easy task when no one can see or hear her.
“The Christmas Spirit” is a Brad Krevoy Television production. Brad Krevoy, Nicollette Sheridan, Francisco Gonzalez, Alexandre Coscas, Eric Jarboe and James Townsend are executive producers. Brad Southwick is a producer.
|June 14||Sheridan To Star in Scott Foley’s Directorial Debut|
Finally the kind of news that we wanted to hear!
Nicollette will be starring in the movie Ward’s Wife, who will be directed by Scandal and Felicity star Scott Foley.
Scott Foley and brother-in-law Patrick Wilson are teaming up to produce Ward’s Wife starring former Scrubs star Donald Faison. The Scandal and The Goodwin Games actor’s feature directorial debut will also be produced by Mob Doctor actor James Carpinello, Marcus Chait and Joe Hardesty for their Lost Rhino banner. As the title suggests, the dark comedy focuses on Ward (Faison) a man who has just had enough of being emotionally and verbally beaten down by his spouse and decides to kill her to free himself. Written by the Felicity alum, Ward’s Wife also stars Foley’s real life spouse Marika Dominczyk as Ward’s wife. Nicollette Sheridan will also be starring in Ward’s Wife. Foley, Insidious’ Wilson, Carpinello as well as Amy Acker and Greg Grunberg are also in the film. Ward’s Wife is scheduled to begin production in LA later this month.
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.
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.
|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.