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Marc Cherry Allegedly Beat Up a ‘Desperate Housewife’

desperate_housewives.jpgYes, Desperate Housewives is still on the air and now for all you cut-throat catty drama voyeurs – it’s finally getting good!

Here’s the wrongful termination lawsuit here.

THR’s Matthew Belloni writes:

Former “Desperate Housewives” co-star Nicollette Sheridan has filed a lawsuit so over-the-top it seems perfect for Wisteria Lane.

The actress has sued ABC Entertainment Group, ABC Studios, Touchstone Television and series creator Marc Cherry for $20 million, claiming that she was physically assaulted by Cherry and fired when she complained about it.

Whole piece is here.

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WGA Strike 2007: Notes from Above Ground Underground

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Desperate Housewives has run out of scripts, and will shut down production today. The shows already in the can won’t last until Christmas. Marc Cherry, creator and show runner, is also on the negotiating committee of the WGA. Wonder if he regrets giving this quote:

“What sustained him in the fallow years, before his desperation inspired ABC’s 2004 hit “Desperate Housewives,” were the little green envelopes that showed up in his mailbox. Reruns of “The Golden Girls,” which got a second life on the Lifetime cable channel, brought residual checks that one year totaled $75,000…Without residuals, Cherry said, he might have been forced to “get a real job.”

EW has a diary of a non-famous writer who’s worried about having any job.

Ray Richmond got grief from a picketer at the Warner’s lot, too.

Nikki Finke’s got a compendium of news and anecdotes up (her readers were getting carpal tunnel with all that refreshing. We loved this one:

Several writers walking the line and who have kids at expensive Westside private schools discussed wearing red strike shirts when they drop off and pick up their kids as a means of sending a message to studio execs and moguls who are dropping and picking up their own kids at the same schools.

Take it to the Crossroads!

Her comenters are worried that the writers are losing the PR battle.
(photos and more from Walking the Line.)

In The Trades: Dolls, Idols,

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HBO and American Girl have made a deal to develop films, series, specials and documentaries, based on the American Girl dolls. Better idea would be dolls based on HBO products: G-String Divas, The Sopranos or Sex and the City.


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and Ken Warwick, eps of American Idol, will produce the Emmys. Look for a special call-in segment where America choses someone to do something.

Max Mutchnick, creator of Will and Grace, revisits his own life for a CBS pilot about a straight guy and his gay writing partner. Will and Grace was totally different as it was based on his sister’s life. Maybe he’ll try something Animal Planet next.

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Marc Cherry plans to spend his twilight years ABC windfall writing musicals. He signed with the network for 4 more years at a deal rumored to exceed $15 million. No Housewives: The Musical is planned, but wait til the cash runs out.

Brian Lowry exposes the secret behind Oprah’s success–daytime talk is for stupid people–as he analyzes her show featuring psychics.

TV Guide Channel ordered a new reality series from Magical Elves–America’s Next Producer. Prizes include $100k in cash, an office in Hollywood, and a first-look deal with the network–where half the progamming is a crawl. YouTube gets better numbers.

In The Trades: Big Winds, Big Burps

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TLC will offer a tough-love model reality show, hosted by tsunami survivor Petra Nemcova. So when walking in high heels proves too much for the hopefuls, they’ll have to listen to her story about having survived hell and high water to make it to the catwalk. Tommy Mottola, a force of nature himself, and Dave Broome (Biggest Loser) will EP.

Justine Timberlake will host The Kid’s Choice Awards. He’s won “best burp” twice. That sexy sure repeats on ya, don’t it?

Army Archard marvels at Eddie Murphy’s Norbit. Murphy plays Norbit, Rasputia and Mr. Wong. Why have just one group mad at you when you can have dozens?

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The WGA has assembled an all-star team to negoiate their new contract. Marc Cherry, Bill Condon, Susannah Grant and 15 others will hammer out the terms. A committee of bigshots should mean all parties concerned will take this very seriously. New media reuse rights and what WGA members can get paid for those will be an important issue. Right now, they get bupkis.

Adam Sandler will star as a reluctant Mossad agent in You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, written by Sandler, Judd Apatow, Robert Smigel. Sandler’s character fakes his own death so he can move to the Apple and become a hair stylist. But is it good for the Jews?

Harold Perrineau, of Lost, will co-star as a former Jesuit turned shrink whose bestest pal ever is an exorcist in CBS’s pilot, Demons. It’s not a comedy, which is a pity. Barbara Hall created this monstrosity.