Desperate Housewives burst onto our screens back in 2004, keeping millions of us hooked on the antics of the women of Wisteria Lane. With news that this season will be its last (sob) viewers have expected even more drama and suspense as we prepare to say goodbye to Bree, Lynette, Susan and Gabrielle; however, in recent weeks it has been the off-screen drama surrounding the show that has caused a media frenzy.
Nicollette Sheridan, known for her portrayal of man-eater Edie Britt, is attempting to sue show creator, Marc Cherry, for wrongful dismissal. Miss Sheridan claims that Cherry hit her following an argument, and her complaint lead to her premature departure from the hit show back in 2008. Miss Sheridan’s legal team are arguing that her firing was a direct result of this incident, with Cherry claiming that Sheridan’s exit from the show had been planned months in advance. He also claims that he lightly ‘tapped’ her head while demonstrating what he wanted to do in a particular scene.
Sheridan’s character Edie Britt left the lane for good back towards the end of the show’s fifth season after being electrocuted after crashing her car into an electric pole. As one of the show’s most popular characters her death certainly made an impact, but on a show where death is a regular occurrence, it didn’t come as much of a surprise. As part of Cherry’s defence, the jury were treated to a montage of clips from the show depicting over 42 character deaths that have taken place during its eight year run. Many important Hollywood producers and writers have testified on both sides, giving us an insight into how successful American shows are run.
As expected, the trial has been full of drama, with allegations of on-set fighting and bitchiness flying around the courtroom. Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, and Eva Longoria have been named as defence witnesses, although it is unlikely that they will be called upon to testify. One of the most shocking moments involve the leaking of a major character death before that particular episode had aired, causing outrage among the fans.
The jury are set to make a decision within the next few days. While it has been fascinating to read all about the decision making process behind a successful show such as Desperate Housewives, it has cast a shadow on what should be a victory lap for the cast and crew. With only six episodes left until the grand finale let us hope that the remainder of the drama will be saved for the camera!