Expensive legal fight ‘an obsession’ for Nicollette Sheridan
By Bill Zwecker November 18, 2012 9:42PM
100891_642 -- DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - A primetime soap with a truly contemporary take on happily every after, this new hour- long drama takes a darkly comedic look at suburbia, where the secret lives of housewives aren t always what they seem. Desperate Housewives stars Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Marcia Cross as Bree Van De Kamp, Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis, James Denton as Mike Delfino, Nicollette Sheridan as Edie Britt, Steven Culp as Rex Van De Camp, Mark Moses as Paul Young, Ricardo Antonio Chavira as Carlos Solis, Cody Kasch as Zach Young, Andrea Bowen as Julie Mayer, Jesse Metcalfe as John and Brenda Strong as Mary Alice Young. (ABC/MOSHE BRAHKA) NICOLLETTE SHERIDAN
Updated: December 20, 2012 6:26AM
Now that Nicollette Sheridan has been shot down with her appeal to the California Supreme Court — claiming she was wrongfully fired from “Desperate Housewives” back in 2009 — close friends of the actress are hoping she drops further legal action and gets on with her life.
“Her obsession with this whole case has become all-consuming,” said a longtime “Desperate Housewives” insider who has remained close to Sheridan. “She just needed to let go of this a long time ago. It’s all she can talk about, and she’s lost a fortune in legal fees on this hopeless cause,” the source said late Saturday night.
Friday’s decision by the top California court is the latest defeat for Sheridan in a series of lawsuits that began when her character was axed from “Desperate Housewives” in 2009. At the time of her firing, Sheridan claimed she was the victim of a coordinated campaign of retaliation after she publicly accused show creator Marc Cherry of physically attacking her.
Those charges were dismissed, and then Sheridan’s lawsuit against ABC and Touchstone Television ended in a mistrial last March. Her request for a rehearing was denied — leading to the appeal to the state’s Supreme Court.
Neither Sheridan, Cherry, ABC or anyone involved in the case would comment as of press time Sunday. As for those in Sheridan’s personal camp, there is a strong hope she will move to put this all behind her.
“She needs to lick her wounds and work to rebuild her reputation and career,” said another Sheridan source Sunday. “It will be difficult, because her persistence with this case now has badly branded her — this takes being called ‘difficult’ to a whole new level.”
RIVERS RAGES: Telling Joan Rivers to be quiet would be as successful as someone holding back the flood waters of Hurricane Sandy. The veteran comedian couldn’t believe Showtime honchos sent her a “cease and desist” letter, telling her not to promote a special airing on their own network! “Don’t Start With Me,” taped at the Arcada in St. Charles, is “the best I have ever recorded,” Rivers told the Huffington Post. “Showtime [was] great, said do whatever you want. Pick any city you want, I picked Chicago. I adore Chicago. I haven’t played [there] for four years. … then I noticed it was airing and I had done nothing to promote it.”
When she realized the network wasn’t doing anything either, she started booking herself on various TV shows to push the show (which premiered Thursday and repeats at 10 p.m. Friday) but says Showtime asked her to cancel the appearances.
Outraged, Rivers turned to Twitter — which brought that letter from the network demanding she stop. “The first time in 60 years that a network said shut the f--- up. … [Alfred] Hitchcock used to say half-percent was making it, and half was selling it. I have always believed that,” Rivers added.
BREAKING UP: His split with girlfriend Selena Gomez apparently is not such an easy thing for Justin Bieber to swallow. In the wake of the big fight the duo engaged in at a Japanese restaurant Friday night — all carefully documented by the ever-present TMZ — Bieber is very distraught, I’m hearing. He wants Gomez back, but the two can’t seem to be together for more than a few moments without starting a war of words.
“These big-drama breakups are so common between kids their age,” said a Bieber associate. “Just because they’re famous doesn’t change them — or their hormones,” added the source with a laugh.
WATCH CLOSELY: Eagle-eyed viewers watching “Chicago Fire” on WMAQ-Channel 5 Wednesday night may spy the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade on a TV at the fire station. It’s timely, given the actual parade runs down State Street the very next day beginning at 8 a.m.
Among the celeb guests for this year’s parade are its grand marshal, WWE reigning champ CM Punk, plus Jaslene Gonzalez, winner of season 8 on “America’s Next Top Model.”
† Speaking of firehouses, DIY Network’s “Kitchen Crashers” will feature one located in Chicago for the show airing at 8:30 p.m. Monday — with host and interior designer Alison Victoria revamping the firehouse’s cook space into a dream kitchen.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Congrats to Naha’s Carrie and Michael Nahabedian, who have announced the name of their new restaurant will be Brindille — French for “branch” or “new growth.” That’s not a bad way to describe the expansion of their local restaurant biz presence. The new eatery, at 534 N. Clark, is scheduled to open around Valentine’s Day.
By the way, as first tweeted by Chicago magazine’s Penny Pollack, Carrie has been following in the footsteps of another well-known Chicago chef — Art Smith — and gone on a major weight-loss program. Already down 140 pounds, Nahabedian wants to drop another 70 by Feb. 1 — and “weigh what I was in high school!”
AGENDA ACTION: Chicago’s own Nora Dunn will be the featured star at Strawdog Theatre Company’s annual benefit, “The Phone Book.” The 8 p.m. Monday event at the theater, 3829 N. Broadway, features music, improv and personal stories by performers that audiences would watch even reading from the phone book. Strawdog ensemble member Anderson Lawler hosts this year’s fete.
TAKE NOTE: After less than four months on the job, Martin Wright has stepped down as chorus master of the Lyric Opera. General director Anthony Freud said unspecified “health reasons” were to blame and an interim replacement would be named later to handle the rest of the season. Before coming to Chicago, Wright had been artistic director of the chorus of the Netherlands Opera.
† Wilmette’s own Matthew Polenzani — currently starring Lyric’s “Werther” — will again sing the national anthem at the Bears-Vikings game Sunday. Polenzani debuted with the Bears last year while here performing in “Tales of Hoffmann.”