'Desperate Housewives' trial starts
Actress Nicollette Sheridan is suing the creator-producer of her former show, "Desperate Housewives."
February 29th, 2012
02:13 AM ET

'Desperate Housewives' trial starts

Actress Nicollette Sheridan is expected to testify Wednesday about her claim that her "Desperate Housewives" character was killed off because she complained about mistreatment by the TV show's creator.

Testimony in Sheridan's wrongful termination lawsuit against series creator-producer-writer Marc Cherry and ABC begins before a Los Angeles jury Wednesday.

Several of Sheridan's former cast mates - including Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross, James Denton, Felicity Huffman and Neal McDonough - are on the list of witnesses expected to defend Cherry.

The suit contends that Cherry created "a hostile work environment" from the show's beginning in 2004.

"Cherry has a reputation for behaving in an extremely abusive and aggressive manner toward the individuals who work on the show, and is known for regularly demeaning the writers and staff in front of others on the show, including Sheridan," the suit says.

Cherry focused his hostility on Sheridan in the fifth season when "Cherry consistently behaved in a dismissive, demeaning and unprofessional manner toward Sheridan, not only in front of the other case and crew on the show, but before the public at large," it says.

This "hostility and aggression toward Sheridan culminated" on the set of the show on September 24, 2008, the suit says.

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  1. Talk For Social Change

    Doesn't the legal system waste enough time and money as it is? (Nicolette, please holler if you need a cuddle when the trial ends)

    February 29, 2012 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. fernace

    I've always heard that Nicolette Sheridan is very spoiled on set & displays diva tactics to get what she wants! I guess she didn't like the fact that Marc Cherry was the bigger diva!!

    February 29, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Greek American

    I could never watch one minute of this garbage excuse for a TV show and do not care whatsoever about any of the losers on or associated with the show either.

    February 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Just one of the housewives being desperate for attention.

    February 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |