Judge Orders New Trial For Nicollette Sheridan In ‘Desperate Housewives’ Case

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 10:15am PST

DesperateHousewives__120315233223__131018171710Nearly two years after her first Desperate Housewives trial ended with a deadlocked jury, Nicollette Sheridan is finally getting another legal life. LA Superior Court Judge Michael Stern has overturned his earlier ruling and granted the actress a new trial in her case against ABC/Touchstone TV for being suddenly let go from the now shuttered Housewives back in 2009. In October, Stern denied Sheridan’s request for a new trial, saying she failed to present her grievances to the state Labor Commission within six months of the alleged 2008 incident in which Sheridan claims show executive producer/creator Marc Cherry struck her on set. Stern said at the time that an appellate court ruling handed down in August clarified the law and made him rethink the issues and throw the case out. However, the law on which Touchstone lawyers largely relied was later decertified by the state Supreme Court. Earlier this month, Stern denied Sheridan’s separate for a new trial that was largely based on the same arguments. Read More »

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Nicollette Sheridan Loses Bid For Second ‘Desperate Housewives’ Trial

By | Friday October 18, 2013 @ 9:30am PDT

It’s finally over — at least for now. LA Superior Judge Michael Stern today sided with ABC/Touchstone TV and granted a summary judgement dismissing Nicollette Sheridan’s latest attempt to for a new trial over being … Read More »

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Nicollette Sheridan Gets New ‘Desperate Housewives’ Trial

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 11:22am PDT

Over a year after Nicollette Sheridan saw her wrongful termination suit against Desperate Housewives ended in a mistrial, the actress today got a new trial date. Sheridan and defendants Touchstone Television will be back … Read More »

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Nicollette Sheridan’s ‘Housewives’ Appeal Denied By State Supreme Court

By | Saturday November 17, 2012 @ 12:51pm PST

The California Supreme Court turned down the appeal of former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan on Friday. In a brief ruling by Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye the court “denied” Sheridan’s latest appeal in her legal battle against ABC … Read More »

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‘Desperate Housewives’ Showrunner Bob Daily And Mark Gordon Sell Drama To ABC

By | Friday October 5, 2012 @ 2:13pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Former Desperate Housewives executive producer/ showrunner Bob Daily is staying in the ABC/ABC Studios fold, teaming with the executive producer of another hit ABC drama that started as a Desperate Housewives companion, Grey’s Anatomy‘s Mark Gordon.

The untitled hourlong drama, from ABC Studios and studio-based Mark Gordon Co., revolves around three diverse families whose lives get gloriously messy when they discover that they share a biological father, a successful bachelor in his 40s who’s completely unprepared to embrace the family he never knew he wanted. Daily will co-write the script with feature writer Pierce Gardner (Dan In Real Life). Daily, Gordon and Nicholas Pepper are the executive producers. Read More »

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Nicollette Sheridan Denied Request For ‘Housewives’ Rehearing

By | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 3:21pm PDT

Doesn’t look like Nicollette Sheridan is going back to court to take on ABC again anytime soon. In a curt one-page ruling dated September 7, the California 2nd District Court of Appeal issued an order denying the former Desperate Housewives star’s petition for a rehearing of her wrongful termination suit against ABC and Touchstone Television. This comes almost a month after a three-judge appeals court panel rejected Sheridan’s claim of being wrongfully fired from the ABC show back in early 2009. That decision made last week’s order almost a given. However, all is likely not over for Sheridan and ABC. The judges in August said that the actress could continue with an amended claim that she was retaliated against after complaining that Housewives executive producer and creator Marc Cherry hit her in the head during a September 2008 argument on-set. In that case, Sheridan’s damages would be limited to loss of wages and benefits, a far cry from the $20 million suit she originally filed in April 2010. Read More »

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Eva Longoria Takes Poised Aim At Mitt Romney At Democratic Convention

By | Thursday September 6, 2012 @ 5:42pm PDT

UPDATE, 5:42 PM: “Let me tell you something, the Eva Longoria who worked at Wendy’s flipping burgers, she needed a tax break but the Eva Longoria who works on movie sets does not,” the former Desperate Read More »

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Court Denies Nicollette Sheridan Termination Claim, But She Can Pursue Claims Of Retaliation

By | Thursday August 16, 2012 @ 2:24pm PDT

A three-judge appeals court panel returned the ruling today, agreeing with attorneys for ABC and Touchstone Television that Nicollette Sheridan was not wrongfully fired. But the jurists said Sheridan should be allowed to pursue claims that she was retaliated against after complaining that Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry struck her in the head during an on-set argument. Sheridan’s initial case was declared a mistrial on March 19. 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.

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No Decision On Nicollette Sheridan’s Retrial Request After Hearing

By | Thursday August 9, 2012 @ 11:23am PDT

A retrial of Nicollette Sheridan’s wrongful termination suit against ABC Studios and ABC Entertainment  is not going to happen – yet.

At a hearing today, a three-judge Court of Appeal panel consisting of Norman Epstein, Thomas Willhite Jr and Nora Manella heard arguments from Sheridan’s and ABC’s lawyers. At the end of the arguments the judges said that they will take the matter of a retrial and the submitted briefs from the lawyers under consideration. A decision could take up to three months or more, rendering the previously set Sept. 10 start date for a retrial void.

Since the end of the original trial, ABC has argued for a dismissal of the case, insisting that Sheridan was not wrongfully terminated from Desperate Housewives. “All of the evidence shows that Ms. Sheridan was not terminated but her employment came to a natural end when her contract was not renewed,” defense lawyer Adam Levin of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, representing ABC Studios and ABC Entertainment, said today.

Sheridan was in court, accompanied by one of her lawyers, Mark Baute of Baute Crochetiere & Maloney. Judges Willhite and Manella repeatedly queried Baute about his client’s notion of termination. “Is it a termination when a contract is not renewed,” Manella asked. Baute responded by reiterating the alleged on-set head-hitting incident between Sheridan and Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry as the basis for what he called “Sheridan’s retaliatory firing for complaining about the incident.” Read More »

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R.I.P. Lupe Ontiveros

By | Friday July 27, 2012 @ 10:59am PDT

Lupe Ontiveros, who starred in the films Selena and As Good As It Gets, has died. Her management agency says she passed away yesterday after battling liver cancer. She was 69. The iconic Mexican-American actress appeared … Read More »

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EMMYS: Posthumous Nomination For ‘Desperate Housewives’ Kathryn Joosten

By | Thursday July 19, 2012 @ 7:39am PDT
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Kathryn Joosten Emmy Nomination 2012A month and a half after her death, Kathryn Joosten this morning landed her first supporting actress nomination for her role on Desperate Housewives. The ABC dramedy, which was a major Emmy contender early in its run and won best comedy series award  for Felicity Huffman in its first year, earned two Emmy nominations for its final season. Fittingly, they went to Joosten and Brenda Strong, whose characters’ deaths framed the series: Strong’s Mary Alice’s suicide in the pilot kicked off the show, while the death of Joosten’s Karen McKluskey was at the center of the series finale in May. Desperate Housewives narrator Strong is nominated in the voice-over category for a second consecutive year. Read More »

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UTA Signs ‘Desperate Housewives’ Darcy Rose Byrnes

By | Monday June 25, 2012 @ 12:17pm PDT

Darcy Rose Byrnes has signed with UTA. The teen starred as Penny Scavo on Desperate Housewives from its seventh season in 2010 until the ABC series ended this year. She also starred on The Young and the Restless. Byrnes is working now … Read More »

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U.S. Fare Rules At Monte-Carlo TV Festival Awards

By | Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 12:38pm PDT

CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the most-watched TV show in the world, won the ratings-based International Television Audience Award for the fifth time in seven years as U.S. series dominated the awards handed out today at the 52nd Monte-Carlo Television Festival. ABC’s Desperate Housewives took the honor on the comedy side, while The Bold And The Beautiful won for soap opera/telenovela. Among the Golden Nymph winners were HBO’s Game Of Thrones (drama) and ABC’s Modern Family (comedy) for best international producer, Woody Harrelson as outstanding actor in a telefilm for HBO’s Game Change30 Rock‘s Tina Fey for comedy actress, and Jason Priestley as best comedy actor for HBO Canada’s Call Me Fitz. Here’s the complete list of winners: Read More »

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EMMYS: Marc Cherry On ‘Desperate Housewives’

By | Wednesday June 13, 2012 @ 10:59pm PDT

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Boardwalk EmpireIt’s only June, but this has already been kind of a rough year for Marc Cherry. The wrongful termination suit filed against ABC Studios and ABC by Nicollette Sheridan ended in a mistrial on March 19. A retrial was scheduled to go forward beginning Desperate HousewivesSeptember 10, but has been temporarily stayed pending resolution of certain issues. In May, ABC passed on taking Cherry’s new hourlong pilot Devious Maids to series, the same week that his Desperate Housewives wrapped its run on the network after eight seasons. (Devious Maids has since been shopped to Lifetime.) Yet Cherry refused to be downbeat in a recent interview, reflecting on the wild ride that was Housewives.

AWARDSLINE: When you look back, what are you proudest of with regard to this show?
MARC CHERRY: Well, personally I’m just proud that I created something that helped me pay my bills because I was so flat broke. You know, I was borrowing money from my mother to stay afloat, and that was kind of uncomfortable. Professionally, I think just the fact that the show had a very original voice. I created a tone for network television that they hadn’t really been seen before. And I have to admit that was really more of an accident. I was just writing the way I write. I got the right director and the right cast, and the recipe just worked, and I was flattered and thrilled that people seemed to like it. Read More »

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No Retrial For Nicollette Sheridan ‘Desperate Housewives’ Case, Appeals Court Rules

The pending retrial of Nicollette Sheridan’s Desperate Housewives wrongful dismissal case has been put on ice by the California Court of Appeals. In a ruling issued Friday the court said, “it is further ordered that the retrial currently set for September … Read More »

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R.I.P. Kathryn Joosten

By | Saturday June 2, 2012 @ 2:03pm PDT

Character actress Kathryn Joosten, who played the snoop Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives and the president’s secretary on The West Wing, died today in Los Angeles after battling lung cancer for years. She was 72. She won two Emmys … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Desperate Housewives’ Ends On A High

By | Monday May 14, 2012 @ 10:46am PDT

Desperate Housewives RatingsAfter eight seasons on ABC, Desperate Housewives ended last night on a ratings swell. The soap series’ two-hour finale (3.2/8) was up 19% from last week, making it the show’s best rating in over a year and the most watched-show overall among viewers on TV last night. The ladies of Wisteria Lane weren’t the only finales on the block: Once Upon A Time (3.2/10), the 8 PM lead-in to Housewives, ended its maiden season up 7% from last week. The two ABC shows were tied as Sunday’s top show in adults 18-49. ABC won the night in adults 18-49 and was the most-watched network. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Desperate Housewives’ Rises En Route To Finale

By | Monday May 7, 2012 @ 9:46am PDT
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Desperate Housewives RatingsThe penultimate episode of ABC’s Desperate Housewives (2.8/7) jumped 12% from last week as the veteran dramedy is heading to its two-hour series finale next Sunday. Its lead-out, the season finale of GCB (1.8/5) didn’t get a bump, down a tenth from its fast national last week, flat with the finale. Leading into Desperate Housewives was Once Upon A Time (3.0/8), up a tenth from its fast national last week, flat with the final, and once again the top program of the night among adults 18-49. It had some help from America’s Funniest Home Videos (2.0/7), which was up a whopping 33% from last week to dominate the 8 PM hour and rank higher than any series on NBC last night. (Dateline, at 0.7/2, and Harry’s Law, 0.7/2, were both down 13% from last week, with Harry’s Law hitting a series low. Celebrity Apprentice, 1.9/5, was flat with its fast national last week, down a tenth from the final.) ABC won the night in adults 18-49, CBS was tops in total viewers. Read More »

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UPDATE: New ‘Desperate Housewives’ Trial Set For Sept. 10

By | Wednesday April 18, 2012 @ 9:51am PDT

Desperate Housewives TrialUPDATED, 9:55 AM: Disney/ABC just objected in court to the judge’s start date for the retrial, so the start has been shifted to September 10. The trial is scheduled to run through September 25, and … Read More »

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