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Desperate Housewives: Five Memorable Moments

Originally posted 05/14/2012 07:00AM



Desperate Housewives, ABC's groundbreaking dramedy, came to a close Sunday night after eight breezily entertaining seasons full of gossip, backstabbing, friendships and frenemy-ships, and many, many instances of rigor mortis setting in. Here are five of Wisteria Lane's most treasured snapshots – but do add your fondest memories in the comments below:

The mystery of Mary Alice, season 1, Oct. 3, 2004: The series hooked me right from its opener: Wisteria Street resident Mary Alice Williams (Brenda Strong), the show's narrator, tells us in a soothing, almost sunny tone how one day she reached into the top of her closet, took down a revolver and shot herself dead. Even though the mystery of her suicide was eventually solved, Mary Alice has remained the voice of the show ever since, commenting with compassion and sometimes rather heavy irony on the adventures of Susan, Bree, Lynette and Gabrielle. I would have gone for a cheap stunt and had the occasional guest narrator – Joy Behar, for instance – but Mary Alice's voice, even more than the tidy lawns and slickly painted houses, was always the real, unifying vision of Wisteria Lane.

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Battery Charge Dismissed in Nicollette Sheridan Case | Nicollette Sheridan

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Nicollette Sheridan Case: Battery Charge Dismissed

Originally posted 03/13/2012 05:30PM

There's been a huge sigh of relief on Wisteria Lane.

A judge on Tuesday dismissed the most sensational charge in Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination suit – a battery charge against producer Marc Cherry for allegedly slapping her in the head during an argument.

The jury in Los Angeles must still consider whether the actress, 48, was fired from ABC's Desperate Housewives in retaliation for complaining about the incident.

Superior Court judge Elizabeth White said there was not enough evidence to support the battery charge, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Nicollette Sheridan Testifies About Desperate Housewives Firing | Nicollette Sheridan

UpdatePosted 03/02/2012 12:15PM

Nicollette Sheridan Testifies About 'Humiliating' Slap to Her Head

Originally posted 03/02/2012 06:45PM

After a dispute about her lines, Nicollette Sheridan says that Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry settled the argument in a shocking way.

He hit her with his open hand, she testified in court Thursday.

"It was a nice wallop to my head," the actress said in her multimillion-dollar wrongful termination trial in a Los Angeles courtroom.

Asked by her lawyer if she was willing to demonstrate in court for him, she said, "I don't want to hurt you."

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Eva Longoria Parker Says Housewives Set Isn't Hostile

Eva Longoria Parker Says Desperate Housewives Set Isn't Hostile

Originally posted 04/09/2010 08:30AM

Eva Longoria Parker won't take sides in the legal spat between Nicollette Sheridan and Marc Cherry, but she will say this: that the Desperate Housewives set is a healthy work environment.

"The only thing I can say is we don't have a hostile set, and Marc's really nice, and Nicollette's a nice girl, too," Longoria Parker says in an interview set to air Monday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Sheridan, 46, who played Edie Britt on the show, filed court papers this week saying she was fired after complaining that Cherry, the show's creator, had hit her in the face on set.

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Eva Longoria Parker 'Really Confused' by Nicollette Sheridan's Lawsuit

Eva Longoria Parker 'Really Confused' by Nicollette Sheridan's Lawsuit

Originally posted 04/07/2010 01:20PM

Shocked by Nicollette Sheridan's lawsuit against Desperate Housewives's creator? Her former costar Eva Longoria Parker was caught off guard too!

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Nicollette Sheridan Bracing for Character Smear | Nicollette Sheridan

Nicollette Sheridan Bracing for Character Smear

Originally posted 04/06/2010 03:00PM

Nicollette Sheridan won't be surprised if the legal response against her is, well, desperate.

After filing a lawsuit Monday alleging she was assaulted and then was wrongly fired from ABC's Desperate Housewives, her lawyer alleges show creator Marc Cherry was abusive on the set – and the attorney anticipates more of the same now.

"We expect the case to be hard fought, and it will not be a surprise if ABC and Mr. Cherry try to depict Nicollette to be something other than a team player and long-standing industry professional," says attorney Mark Baute.


Sheridan, 46, is suing for $20 million, alleging assault and battery, gender violence and wrongful termination. She says that Cherry hit her in the face when she questioned a script and that she was then killed off the show last year when she complained.

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Nicollette Sheridan Sues Over Housewives Firing, Alleges Assault on Set

Nicollette Sheridan Sues Over Housewives Firing, Alleges Assault on Set

Originally posted 04/05/2010 08:45PM

It's a lawsuit worthy of a juicy Desperate Housewives storyline.

Nicollette Sheridan alleges the show's creator hit her in the face on the set and that she was then fired in retaliation for complaining about him, "resulting in her losing millions in future earnings," says the suit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Sheridan, whose character was killed off the show last year, is suing for $20 million, alleging assault and battery, gender violence and wrongful termination. She claims series creator Marc Cherry created a hostile work environment, "behaving in an extremely abusive and aggressive manner."

Sheridan, a Golden Globe nominee who played sexy Realtor Edie Britt, claims that Cherry directed his abuse at other cast and crew members, even at star Teri Hatcher after she went above his head to ABC executives.

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Nicollette's Desperate Exit Earns Kudos | Nicollette Sheridan

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Nicollette Sheridan's Desperate Exit Earns Kudos

Originally posted 04/19/2009 06:55AM

With Sunday night bringing the final episode of Desperate Housewives to star original cast member Nicollette Sheridan – who is leaving the show for good – her neighbors on Wisteria Lane gathered to pay brief tribute to her during a panel discussion about Housewives at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles.

According to James Denton (the actor whose plumber Mike on the ABC show was the object of Sheridan's character Edie's insatiable lust), at the table-read of the first script that would not feature Sheridan, she took a moment to address the writers and actors. "She said, 'While you're all together, I'm here to say thank you for everything. You guys are great. You guys are awesome,' " Denton said.

"She walked out of the room, and Felicity [Huffman] looked at me and said, 'Classy,' and it sure was."

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Nicollette Feeds Her Date at a Romantic Dinner | Nicollette Sheridan

Caught in the Act

Nicollette Feeds Her Date at a Romantic Dinner

Originally posted 04/16/2009 06:00AM

Nicollette Sheridan, feeding her date – a handsome brunette male – sushi at Katsuya Brentwood. Looking happy, the former Desperate Housewives star and her dapper beau enjoyed cocktails with their salmon sushi, sea urchin and yellowtail sashimi. And while they shared dinner, an onlooker adds that they couldn't keep their hands off each other, saying, "It was total PDA: kissing, holding hands, the whole nine yards." Even though they were in a semi-hidden booth, "they were super romantic and not shy at all," says the spy. "People were really taking notice."

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Nicollette Feeds Her Date at a Romantic Dinner | Nicollette Sheridan

Caught in the Act

Caught in the Act!

Originally posted 04/16/2009 06:00AM

• Nicollette Sheridan, feeding her date – a handsome brunette male – sushi at Katsuya Brentwood. Looking happy, the former Desperate Housewives star and her dapper beau enjoyed cocktails with their salmon sushi, sea urchin and yellowtail sashimi. And while they shared dinner, an onlooker adds that they couldn't keep their hands off each other, saying, "It was total PDA: kissing, holding hands, the whole nine yards." Even though they were in a semi-hidden booth, "they were super romantic and not shy at all," says the spy. "People were really taking notice."

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