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Now Nicollette Sheridan is exiting “Desperate Housewives.”
Yet the behind-the-scenes story emerging is of two different situations.
On “Grey’s,” we have the ongoing backstage drama that this show cannot seem to shake. Heigl and Knight have grumbled their contract frustrations to the media. Then oh-yeah-that-guy co-star James Pickens Jr. mouthed off to US Weekly, claiming the duo were off the show.
Sources say Pickens’ comment was premature (and by and by, you do not want to have been in Pickens’ shoes yesterday if he received a phone call saying, “please hold for Steve McPherson.”) There are ongoing discussions about Heigl’s and Knight’s futures with the show, and nothing has been decided yet. Some sort of exit is seeming likely, but the timing is up in the air.
Over on “Desperate Housewives,” the departure of Sheridan is said to be a creative decision. Creator Marc Cherry wanted another game-changing incident this season (like last year’s five-year time jump) and scripted the exit of Edie Britt. Sheridan has been at the center of some backstage drama on the set in the past, but sources say her behavior has improved.
“It would have been a really great surprise,” bemoaned one source about the character’s departure.
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. Cast departures could impact the shows’ performances next season.
But at least in the case of “Housewives,” the captain appears to be steering the ship rather than having to put down a mutiny.
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