Thursday, March 01, 2012

How to Get Ahead in Acting: Desperate Housewife Sues Director for Firing.

Did Director Marc Cherry wack actress Nicolette Sheridan on the head, and then fire her after she complained to ABC?  ABC investigated and cleared Cherry.  Oh hum.  I see that self-interested outcome all the time.  Cherry said he "tapped" her head to give her "artistic direction."  Yeah sure.  What a defense:  Directors go about tapping heads all the time.  Its standard in the industry.  Tap. Tap.  Who's there?  Sue.  Sue Who?  Sue you for battery, and for wrongful termination in retaliation for my complaint about the battery.  

The trial began in L.A. on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.  Sheridan apparently believes her attorney has real theatrical skill.  She began sobbing during his opening statement.  She hugged him at its conclusion.  Sounds like the Academy Awards.  

The defense focuses on the decision to terminate Sheridan as a matter of carefully planned elimination of Sheridan's character, Edie Britt.  But Sheridan states the proof will be that the decision to kill off Britt was made only after Sheridan's complaint, and that there are two writers for the show ready to come forward to testify to that timing.  

Desperate housewives is in its last season, having debuted in 2004.  The head direction incident occurred in 2008.  Sheridan is seeking about $6 million in damages.  

This article is derived from information provided in the Los Angeles Daily Journal on March 1, 2012 at p.3.  



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