The judges have announced to reopen the case of the claimed wrongful termination of Nicollette Sheridan from her role in ABC’s series, "Desperate Housewives". After the jury failed to reach a verdict last month, the judges set the date for a new trial, urging settlement.
On March 16, Sheridan’s three-week long trial ended up with the jury split eight to four in favor of the actress, but without any settlement on whether Sheridan’s claims were true or not. In her filing, Sheridan had accused the show runner, Marc Cherry, to have hit her hard on the head after she showed her unhappiness over a dialogue that was removed from her lines.
Sheridan also claimed that Cherry pre-terminated her contract of playing Edie Britt in "Desperate Housewives" by ending her role through her on-screen death.
Cherry denied both claims, saying that what she called hitting hard was a mere pat on the head to give her professional direction and dying is a very natural part of TV serials and sometimes can make the show’s rating go high.
Judge Elizabeth Allen White, who is overseeing the case, urged ABC to reach a settlement with Sheridan, signaling that she would not be directing any verdict in favor of the network. A new date of September 10 has been announced and the trial is expected to last 12 days.
Sheridan and her attorneys, Patrick Maloney and Mark Baute, are hoping that when the case closes, she receives $5.7 million in damages for losing her job and $35,000 in sanctions from the ABC Entertainment for her treatment on the show, which saw Edie Britt, her character, being electrocuted till death.
Show’s other stars are of the view that the trial is affecting the legacy of the show. Daily Mail. "It's a stain on our legacy as a hit show. It was just unfortunate, the whole thing."
During the first trial, ABC put a number of witnesses on the stand to have them testify that the decision to end Sheridan’s role was made five months before her on-screen death. However, the majority of the jurors sided with the actress. Sheridan is likely to win the case when it reopens in September.