The difference between the Australian & the American television industries

Nicollette couldn't afford to be prematurely discarded from what you can see above is obviously the role of a lifetime...

News broke yesterday that Nicollette Sheridan is suing ‘Desperate Housewives’ creator Marc Cherry for what she claims is assault and wrongful termination.

Sheridan says that after questioning a script on Wisteria Lane, Cherry pulled her aside for a discussion, only to then repeatedly slap her “forcefully across the face and head”.

So basically, he was just living the dream of every television producer dealt a ‘perfectionist’ actress amongst his cast.

Sheridan’s character was subsequently killed off later that season, the victim of a car crash/electrocution.

In the biz this is called "We wish you all the best in your future endeavours"

This really shouldn’t be a difficult case to settle. If you ask Sheridan directly about what happened, and her response seems even remotely believable, she wins the case. Period. Anyone who’s seen her work in such quality fare as ‘Beverly Hills Ninja’ should be able to testify to the fact she ain’t much of an actress.

And for the record, the settlement Nicollette is asking for? US $20 million in damages.

Say the number once out loud, Doctor Evil-style if you must. Twenty. Million. Dollars.

What does this have to do with Australian television?

I relayed the ‘news’ story to my boss yesterday, an Australian television producer who has dealt with a few ‘cast-related headaches’ of his own over the years. It was all fun and games until I dropped the magical number: 20 mil. His jaw dropped. I couldn’t help but ask, “You’re saying, if put in the same position, we don’t have twenty million dollars lying around?”

“I don’t know… I might be able to find twenty bucks… is that enough?”

The way pre-production is going on the show we’re currently working on… it might have to be.

R.I.P Edie Britt, we hardly knew ye…

BPM

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