Sheridan's character, Edie Britt, was killed off in 2009 - she died from electrocution after stepping into a puddle following a Wisteria Lane car crash.
A year after her departure, the actress filed a lawsuit against Desperate Housewives bosses, claiming she had been fired for complaining about an incident during which Cherry allegedly hit her on-set.
The case went to trial two weeks ago and a verdict is expected soon.
Denton, who was the only cast member to testify in court, admits he still can't believe Sheridan's departure was not on friendly terms.
He says, "At the time it didn't seem that out of the ordinary. People were dying right and left and I thought it was very funny that she (Britt) survived the crash and then stepped in the water and got electrocuted... and I thought she did to.
"When she shot it she was such a trooper. I mean, she came in and did it and was very enthusiastic and funny as always and she was a great sport about it."
And Denton's co-star Doug Savant is keen for the case to be resolved, so fans can focus on the upcoming finale of the show.
He tells E! Online, "I'm surprised at what a media event it is. We're all anxious to get it behind us because all the press has been about that and not about the end of the show. I'd really like to get the focus back on the end of a great eight-year run."
Prior to closing arguments in the case earlier this week (beg12Mar12), Sheridan's charges of battery against Cherry were dismissed.
The jury began deliberations into the wrongful termination charge on Wednesday (14Mar12).
Last night, the Desperate Housewives treated its viewing public to what WOULD have been a pretty huge surprise, if not for the secret's untimely revelation during Nicollette Sheridan's trial last week. But even with the world's first court-mandated spoiler, the event was pretty shocking. If you haven't heard the news or seen the episode yet, do not read on.
The long-running series killed off one of its major characters last night: Mike Delfino (James Denton). Mike was one half of DH's principal romantic couple since the inception of the series. Mike and Susan (Teri Hatcher) have treated audiences to a relationship that, despite rocky bouts, has generally been substantial and worthy of genuine emotional investment.
Mike's death was pretty tumultuous: in light of his character's "shadiness" (as Denton put it in an interview with EW), Mike was shot and killed on his porch by a mobster loan shark. Reportedly, actor Denton will return to the show for one more episode—a funeral episode with a few original flashback scenes, to air this coming Sunday.
Fans wonder where Susan will go from here, and what other shocks are in store for the last few episodes of Marc Cherry's series. With only six episodes left to go, we can expect that the surprises, and the emotional turmoil, will only pile on up from here. Any predictions, DH fans?
Desperate Housewives final season airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Source: E! Online
The past few days have given rise to what may be a major shift in ABC's primetime lineup.
Grey's Anatomy stars Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight are rumored to be leaving that show while it has now surfaced that Desperate housewife Nicolette Sheridan is leaving Wisteria Lane.
Earlier this week, Grey's co-star James Pickens Jr. told Us Weekly that Heigl and Knight were leaving but sources have said his comments were premature. The show has certainly had its share of backstage drama: Isaiah Washington's firing for 'behavioral' issues, the controversy over Brooke Smith's lesbian character being axed, Heigl refusing to put herself up for Emmy consideration due to a lack of strong stories...
Now, "the whole thing is in the hands of their agents and ABC's lawyers," an insider told EW's The Ausiello Files. "Something will probably be worked out soon, but it's a safe bet that Katherine and T.R. won't be returning as series regulars next season."
Meanwhile, over on Wisteria Lane, the departure of Sheridan after five seasons is said to be a creative decision. Creator Marc Cherry wanted another game-changing incident this season and scripted the exit of Sherdian's character Edie Britt, writes The Live Feed.
Adds TLF, the stakes are high for ABC. Grey's and Housewives are the network's top two dramas, and both have suffered some recent loss of viewership.
In further ABC news, although Balthazar Getty's departure from Brothers & Sisters has been rumored for several weeks, co-show runner Alison Schapker told the Los Angeles Times that the actor was just going to take some time off from the show "because we felt that character was really on a downward spiral and you see him really go on it."
Speculation about Getty's departure had intensified earlier yesterday when E! reported that Getty's exit occurs in the 19th episode. But that is only partially true as his character merely leaves Los Angeles in that episode.
"Tommy is in no way permanently gone," Schapker said. "This is just the logical end to this year's story. What we'd like to do is bring him back next year in a different way."
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