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Matt's TV Week in Review

Desperate Housewives

Sifting through the proverbial critic's notebook, a quick look back at some of the week's more memorable TV happenings:

Let's start with the death we didn't see coming: By which I mean HBO putting down Luck. With only two episodes to go in its underwhelming (though beautifully acted and shot) first season, the show was abruptly canceled two episodes into production on a Season 2 that probably shouldn't have been green-lighted in the first place. The reason wasn't ratings, which were dismal, but the third accidental death of a horse on the set (two died during Season 1). Which is... read more

Desperate Housewives Showrunner on Mike's "Heroic Ending" and His Possible Return

Mason Vale Cotton, Teri Hatcher

There are still five episodes of Desperate Housewives left, but fans will say an early goodbye to one Fairview resident when Wisteria Lane gathers to lay Mike Delfino (James Denton) to rest this Sunday (9/8c on ABC).

Why was Mike the one to bite the bullet? How will Susan cope with the loss? And what does it mean for the rest of the women? Showrunner Bob Daily spoke with TVGuide.com about the decision behind the big death, the "heartbreaking" funeral and why we may not have seen the last of Mike just yet!

How long had Mike's death been in the works?
Bob Daily:
Quite some time. And I can't believe that we were able to keep this secret as long as we did. I think we pitched it to the network and the studio maybe as early as December.

First Look: Desperate Housewives kisses one of its own goodbye

Why did you decide to kill Mike?
Daily:
I think we knew we wanted another blockbuster moment as we approached the end. Everybody's been married at least a couple times and we were running out of other big life events. We had a lot of births. We thought... read more

Desperate Housewives Trial: Judge Dismisses Battery Charge Against Marc Cherry

Marc Cherry

Desperate Housewives Marc Cherry is no longer a defendant in Nicollette Sheridan's case against ABC and the series creator after a judge dropped the battery charge against him, according to Deadline.com.

Sheridan sued Cherry and ABC, claiming that she was fired after she complained that he struck her on set. The battery charge was dropped Tuesday, with the judge stating that... read more

Major Spoiler: Desperate Housewives Trial Reveals Who's Dying on Sunday!

Desperate Housewives

[Warning: This story contains major spoilers about the upcoming death on Desperate Housewives. Read at your own risk.]

The drama on Wisteria Lane has come out in open court — and we're not talking about whether Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry "hit" or "tapped" former cast member Nicollette Sheridan, who is suing Cherry for firing her allegedly after she complained about having been struck.

While testifying Thursday in court, series line producer George Perkins let slip that Sheridan's Edie Britt is not the most high-profile character to be killed off the show. That honor goes to — another spoiler warning to be safe... read more

Desperate Housewives' Marc Cherry: Yes, I Did Tap Nicollette Sheridan's Head

Marc Cherry

Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry admitted that he did "tap" Nicollette Sheridan on the head, but that's a far cry from what the former Wisteria Lane dweller has claimed.

Sheridan is suing Cherry, claiming that he fired her because she complained that he attacked her on set. But... read more

Nicollette Sheridan Gets Emotional on Stand During Desperate Housewives Trial

Nicollette Sheridan, Marc Cherry

The drama has gone from Wisteria Lane to the courtroom.

On Friday, Nicollette Sheridan took the stand during the trial against Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, whom she is suing. She alleges he fired her because she complained that he attacked her on set.

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Keck's Exclusives: Knots Landing Vet Seeks Revenge

Revenge

One of my faves — William Devane, who hails from my hometown of Albany, New York — is bringing some of the sophisticated sleaze he displayed as wealthy Knots Landing playboy Gregory Sumner to ABC's Revenge. On the February 8 episode, William debuts as Edward Grayson, the father of Victoria's estranged husband, Conrad. "Edward's the guy who never ...
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Keck's Exclusives: How Will Desperate Housewives End?

Desperate Housewives

Creator Marc Cherry tells me he's known since the first season of ABC's Desperate Housewives how he wants the show to end. That said, while he's reluctant to offer specifics, he promises "a satisfying and logical end" in the May finale. "There is an idea behind this show that has to do with the frustrations of ordinary women, so you'll see my feelings about why that life is worth it," he says. "There will be huge, life-changing events for all the women."

My prediction? Mirroring the drama's premiere, in which murderer Mary Alice blew her brains out, the cover-up of Gaby's stepdad's murder will lead one of the Housewives to attempt suicide.... read more

Nicollette Sheridan's Wrongful Termination Suit Against Marc Cherry, ABC Cleared for Trial

Nicollette Sheridan

Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination lawsuit against Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry has been cleared for trial, according to The Associated Press.

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Nicollette Sheridan Gets Backup from Housewives Producer in Lawsuit Against Marc Cherry, ABC

Nicollette Sheridan

A former executive producer of Desperate Housewives has entered testimony that supports Nicollette Sheridan's timeline of events in her wrongful termination lawsuit against ABC and creator Marc Cherry, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Lori Kirkland Baker, who worked on the ABC dramedy from May 2007 through May 2009, submitted a sworn declaration on April 9 that backs up... read more

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