|February 16||Nicollette Sheridan And Marc Cherry Head To Court|
As Desperate Housewives executive producer Marc Cherry plans for the finale of his ABC hit, a jury of 12 will write the ending of Wisteria Lane’s most sordid story: did Cherry hit actress Nicollette Sheridan in the face and fire her after she complained?
After two trial delays, Sheridan, 48, will finally get her $20 million day in court on Feb. 27 to face off with Cherry and ABC Studios about their decision to kill off her character in an episode in March 2009. Los Angeles Superior Judge Elizabeth Allen White, who threw out Sheridan’s sexual-harassment claim last year and has encouraged a settlement on numerous occasions, has refused to dismiss the wrongful-termination claim, saying the issues are not as “clear-cut” as Cherry’s defense team depicts them.
Cherry denies striking Sheridan and will testify that plans to kill off Edie Britt, Sheridan’s character, were in place as early as July 2008. He will claim the actress was rude and difficult and had trouble remembering her lines. Sheridan was notified in February 2009 that viewers would see Edie die the following month, and she will depict Cherry as an “abusive” and “overly aggressive” boss.
The lawsuit centers around an incident on Sept. 24, 2008, in which Sheridan says she approached Cherry to ask him why a line she found funny was removed from her dialogue. Sheridan says he answered abruptly and walked away from her toward two other actors. After the rehearsal, she said she asked Cherry again.
“When we neared the kitchen, he stopped and asked, ‘What is you want?’ I started to say, ‘I’ll tell you again,’ and at that second, he stepped towards me and hit me hard on the head with his open hand,” Sheridan said in a deposition. “It was a hard hit. My head jerked. After Marc Cherry hit me, I was stunned. I could not believe what had just happened. I told Marc, ‘You just hit me on the head, that’s not OK. That is not OK.’” According to Sheridan, Cherry came to her trailer half an hour later to apologize to her.
In a December 2008 letter, the executive vice president of ABC Studios, Howard M. Davine, wrote that the studio’s investigation showed that Cherry tapped the side of Sheridan’s head to direct her for a scene and later apologized to her for upsetting her. Sheridan was informed four months later that she was being fired, but when that decision was actually made by Cherry and ABC Studios is an essential issue in the case.
The saga will offer a rare insider’s look into the making of a hit television show that became an instant phenomenon and put 40-something women on the sexy map again. It will also offer delicious details of the personalities of the writers, producers, and actors of a series infamous for its divas. Forced to take sides, some producers, who still work there, have vouched for Cherry in their depositions, while others have stood by Sheridan. At a final pretrial hearing on Wednesday, it was revealed that even other prominent producers, who have never set foot on Wisteria Lane, will be dragged into the mud.
Cherry’s lawyers will depose veteran showrunner and TV scribe Neal Baer (A Gifted Man, Law & Order: SVU, ER) on Thursday and want to call him to the stand during the trial as an expert who can attest to a preposterous notion put forth by Cherry’s lawyers—that showrunners make creative decisions about their shows without input from the network or studio. Sheridan’s lawyers, in turn, want an ABC business-affairs lawyer to testify that the network and studio are definitely involved, especially when it comes to contract renewals with actors.
The actress’s lawyers also argued that Baer is not a suitable witness because he has helmed procedural dramas, whereas Desperate Housewives is a serial, “and networks generally speaking do not kill off the lead character” of serialized shows. Apparently, Sheridan and her lawyers need to spend some time catching up with other ABC serialized series, like Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, and Private Practice, which have killed off lead characters.
|February 16||Jury Selection Begins|
Told by attorneys today that a settlement is unlikely, a judge scheduled jury selection for Feb. 27 in former “Desperate Housewives” star Nicollette Sheridan’s lawsuit alleging the show’s creator hit her on the head with an open hand on the set in 2008 and fired her when she complained.
Sheridan, 48, filed her suit in April 2010 against Marc Cherry, ABC and Touchstone Television Productions. She alleges Cherry hit her hard with an open hand after she questioned a change in a script.
During today’s final status conference, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White said she wanted a joint list with the estimated time each witness is expected to testify. She said she hopes the case can be tried in a maximum of 10 days.
“We need to be able to fit this case into a rather short time frame,” White said.
Both sides have submitted individual tentative witness lists. Between them. the lists include Cherry, Sheridan and her former castmates Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria. The attorneys declined to say whether they actually expect the other actresses to be called to testify.
In court papers, defense attorneys said Cherry decided to eliminate Sheridan’s character in May 2008.
According to the defense filing, “characters die on television series all the time” and “death is as much a part of scripted television as it is a part of life. Of course, whenever a character dies, an actor loses a job. That is what happened here.”
White deferred until the trial date a final ruling on a defense motion to exclude testimony on behalf of Sheridan by Richard Olshansky, a lawyer and former executive vice president of NBC Universal Network Business Affairs.
Olshansky has said it is “virtually unprecedented in the history of network television to kill off a lead character in a successful comedy,” according to Sheridan’s court papers.
Attorney Patrick Maloney, on behalf of Sheridan, said Olshanksy’s testimony is needed to rebut defense testimony by “ER” co-producer Neal Baer concerning the creative thinking behind eliminating characters from a show.
Defense attorney Aaron Wais countered that Olshansky is a business affairs attorney and is not qualified to offer such testimony.
White said her initial impression is that the defense argument is proper.
“Mr. Olshansky doesn’t seem to have anything in his background to be able to say what creative outcome should be given his background,” White said.
Sheridan’s assertion that her complaint against Cherry in September 2008 led to her firing is undercut by the evidence of the earlier decision to eliminate her character from the show, according to defense lawyers.
|January 15||2012 TCA Winter Press Tour|
Nicollette attended the Hallmark Evening Gala for the 2012 Tour Critics Association Winter Press Tour. She looks lovely in black, don’t you think?
|December 29||OK! Magazine January 2012|
Nicollette and Oliver will be featured on the January 9 edition of OK! Magazine in the US. Don’t forget to buy your copy.
I have also added the cover of Cosmopolitan back in 1984.
|December 25||Christmas 2011|
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my fellow Nicollette fans and to Nicollette herself. Hope you all are having a fantastic holidays with all your loved ones.
Hope the new year brings us more Nicollette either to our tvs or the cinemas.
|November 21||Happy birthday!|
It’s that time of the year again. Time to wish our dear Nicollette a very very very happy birthday!
Hope she has a great day and wishing her nothing but the best from Nicollette Sheridan Network.
This last Thursday Canon held an event at Paramount Studios to present its first cinema camera: Canon Cinema EOS C300.
Set in the future, XXIT is the story of a replicant who must travel back in time to save the life of the original human from whom she was cloned.
During the event they screened a few shorts filmed with the new camera and turns out Nicollette starred in one of them. She played Nikki Williams in Sam Nicholson’s XXIT. The futuristic film was shot in San Francisco, Yosemite Park and Los Angeles and it also counts with the presence on screen of Steve Pate and Oliver (Sheridan’s boyfriend and dog).
|September 28||PRISM Showcase – Part 1|
The first part of the PRISM Awards Showcase is online at MTV, watch it below.
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|September 17||PRISM Awards Showcase|
Back in April, Nicollette was one of the presenters at the PRISM Awards. Now you can watch it on tv as the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc will expand its telecast this year to not only FX Network but additional cable networks, local cable and broadcast outlets, video on demand and web streaming. The show is a tribute to production and performances accurately depicting substance abuse and mental health issues, and begins airing on September 25th.
In addition to FX, other cable networks signed on to air the show include TV Guide Network, REELZCHANNEL, mtvU, National Geographic Channel, ION Life, and Retirement Living TV. Time Warner Cable is the first cable system to agree to air the show on local access. The cable window shuts September 30. However, outlets can continue to air the special via VOD and on the internet through the end of October, at which point, broadcast stations will begin airing the show locally. E!, MTV and TV Guide Network will offer the show in their VOD folders, while Bravotv.com, MTV.com and TVGuide.com will stream the show.
The 15th Annual PRISM Awards Showcase will be simulcast at 4:00 p.m. on September 25th with an encore at 1:00 a.m. with feeds on both coasts, but will air at additional times on some outlets. It is produced by EIC, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and FX Network.
4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT – FX Network East, TV Guide Network East (DirecTV/Dish for both), REELZCHANNEL
4:00 p.m. PT – FX Network West, TV Guide Network West
8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT – Retirement Living TV
1:00 a.m. ET / 10:00 p.m. PT – FX Network East (DirecTV/Dish), mtvU, REELZ
1:00 a.m. PT – FX Network West
2:00 a.m. PT – National Geographic Channel
5:00 a.m. ET – National Geographic Channel
10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT – Retirement Living TV
4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT – Retirement Living TV
Video On-Demand – September 25-October 31
|August 30||Sheridan Urged To Settle Housewives Lawsuit|
A Los Angeles judge has urged Nicollette Sheridan to settle her lawsuit for wrongful termination from Desperate Housewives after ruling the actress will only be entitled to limited damages if she wins a court battle.
The star filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against show creator Marc Cherry last year, alleging he slapped her in the face after she expressed an opinion about a script he had written, and then fired her when she complained to producers.
Sheridan, who played sexy real estate dealer Edie Britt in the series, later amended the suit but still sought damages for wrongful termination and gender discrimination.
During a hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, her attorney Patrick Maloney called for jurors to be allowed to consider whether Sheridan was entitled to wages for at least two extra seasons, but Judge Elizabeth Allen White ruled that the star could only seek damages for one year’s pay, which would total approximately $980,000, according to the Associated Press.
Judge White declared the show’s producers had discretion to eliminate Sheridan’s character and called for the star’s legal team to settle the case ahead of a trial, scheduled to begin in October.
She warned, “You’re going to spend a lot of money on this case.”