I was gripped by Desperate Housewives, but never stayed with it beyond the first season. It was refreshing to see something female led and dark coming out of mainstream America. I have been a big fan of Nicollette Sheridan since she faked her own death and arrived in Knots Landing and she is still my Lucky Santangelo of choice. I wasn’t following the Nicolette versus Marc Cherry courtroom drama until I read this article on The Daily Beast website. And now I am gripped by the housewives again. To sum up, Nicolette’s character was killed off and she thinks it’s personal.
It has been fascinating to read about the details of life on set at Wisteria Lane. The defence claimed Sheridan was often late for work, but it was quickly revealed that all the actresses were often late, for example Marcia Cross is late to set a Bree-shocking 25% of the time. Marc Cherry has been described as a liar and a bastard, in court! We learnt that when Cherry apologised for the ‘battery’ around which much of the case hinges, they hugged in her trailer. ‘I thanked him but I did not forgive him,’ said Sheridan on the stand. Oh, the drama!
I am Team Nicolette all the way, although I think she will lose. But I do not believe winning the money was ever her intention, I think she wanted to force the show that betrayed her to reveal itself under oath, it reminds me of Ulrika Jonson or Imogen Thomas, saying very little and letting the media roast your adversary on your behalf. Ultimately it seems commonly accepted that many, many people knew that Nicolette’s character, Edie, was going to be killed off a long time before she did, including her co-stars. Pretty humiliating, even for Hollywood.
Nicolette’s mistake was not realising what we knew already, she has been the fifth wheel on Wisteria Lane all along, the odd one out. All that fuss over the Vanity Fair cover. Nicolette should never have been in that shot, she should have stood apart, stood out. Managed her own image and not tied herself into the ensemble. Desperate Housewives was a show about four women, four friends, not five. It was inevitable that it would come to this. She was the whipping boy right from the start.
Update: The judge declares a mistrial (or as it’s known in Hollywood, a sequel.)