Saturday, April 10, 2010

Nicollette Sheridan suing Desperate Housewives for assault

Nicollette Sheridan liked playing Edie Britt on “Desperate Housewives.” For the flirtatious, man-eating Ms. Britt, it was suitable to be voluntarily smacked around within the bedroom. Being smacked around by the producers of the program back stage and terminated without a good cause, however, was not.

Nicollette Sheridan is suing the producers of “Desperate Housewives” for assault and wrongful termination, according to the New York Times, and they might very much end up in need of short term installment loans.

What brought the finale to Nicollette Sheridan’s character?

Nicollette Sheridan’s lawsuit claims the creator of the popular nighttime soap opera, Marc Cherry, struck her during an incident that occurred in September, 2008, when Sheridan supposedly asked Cherry about a line within the script. Marc Cherry’s alleged response was to take Nicollette Sheridan aside and “forcefully hit her with his hand across her face and head,” says the Associated Press.

Her pleas are reported to have fallen on deaf ears, when Nicollette Sheridan went straight to ABC to complain about Marc Cherry’s alleged violent treatment. Edie Britt was killed off not long there after. Sheridan has no doubt that it was a retaliation by ABC because she had the nerves to “make a fuss.”

What caused Edie Britt’s death?

No, it wasn’t a jilted lover or lover’s wife or girlfriend seeking revenge. Zap2It profiles the fateful 2009 episode of “Desperate Housewives,” and it was a patented deadly car crash. Orson, who was “running across the street after one of his breaking and entering,” was saved from death as Edie swerved to keep away from him. Her car struck a utility pole, and fallen power lines hit the puddle of water where Edie’s body had settled. In a real double whammy, collision and electrocution claimed her.

That event was followed by flashback episodes of the “Desperate Housewives,” remembering Edie Britt, Nicollette Sheridan’s character. Edie “smacks” some senses into Lynette and Bree in two of the flashbacks, in hopes they can find the strength to face their own problems. Mrs. McCluskey “smacks” some sense into Travis, Edie’s son, when he discovers her death and appeared barely fazed by it. The final smack came when Mrs. McCluskey “smacks down” Edie for her attempt to sympathize with McCluskey over having lost a son.

It’s smacking coincidence, isn’t it?

It’s certainly an interesting word choice on Zap2It’s part, taking into account Nicollette Sheridan’s experience with Marc Cherry. It might be coincidental, since the episode aired probably before the smack down was known to the public. But Edie’s death itself was explained away in Gabby’s flashback from the same episode, where Nicollette Sheridan’s character confided that she was going to die before she was 50. How convenient of you, ABC. We’re just going to have to wait and see if Nicollette Sheridan smacks you down, leaving you in need of secured loans.

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