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Nicollette Sheridan Sues 'Housewives' Creator Marc Cherry

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 6th 2010 11:03AM
nicolette_sheridan_edie_britt_abcPerhaps you've heard that 'Desperate Housewives' exile Nicollette Sheridan has filed a whopper of a lawsuit against ABC and Marc Cherry, the creator of the show. Her claim is that she was not only wrongfully terminated, but that Cherry struck her in September 2008 when she asked him about something in the script.

Officially, the suit covers even more than those two charges. There are seven in all: wrongful termination, assault and battery, gender violence, discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and age, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Sheridan is seeking $20 million in compensation.

Violence against women -- or men for that matter -- is a serious charge, and it would be naive to think that this could not have happened. That said, it does seem like something right out of a 'Desperate Housewives' script. Would Marc Cherry have been so upset with Sheridan to strike her? Wouldn't it have been witnessed by other people on the set? Perhaps that will come out in the case.

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Harlan Ellison bests CBS Paramount over 42 year-old Star Trek episode

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 24th 2009 10:02AM
city_on_the_edge_of_forever_STYou have to admire the tenacity of writer Harlan Ellison. He filed a lawsuit against CBS Paramount accusing the company of not paying him for all the ancillary income the company earned from the episode of Star Trek he wrote in 1967, "City on the Edge of Forever." Yesterday, Ellison announced on his web site that he had settled with CBS Paramount and he was very, very pleased. He didn't reveal how much money he made, but he probably did quite well.

After all, CBS Paramount has done very, very well with that original Star Trek episode. It's regarded as -- and is -- the all-time best show in the entire original ST canon. Ironically, Ellison never liked what Roddenberry and company had done with his script.

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Dog the Bounty Hunter producers sued

by Kristin Sample, posted May 22nd 2008 8:38AM
Dog the Bounty HunterAs A&E's Dog the Bounty Hunter begins filming it's fifth season, Boris Krutonug sues the network for royalties, salary and other compensation for season four. The actor who appeared in The Hunt for Red October and Air Force One filed papers in Manhattan at the state Supreme Court and said he's the shows creator and co-executive producer. Furthermore, he wants $5 million in damages. Krutonug says that David Hout and his companies Hybrid Films and D&D Television Productions breached contract with him.

Apparently, in 1995, Krutonug introduced himself to Dog and, believing Dog's life and work would make a great film or TV show, signed papers for exclusive rights. According to the court papers, Krutonog developed the show between 1995 and 2003. And to get permission to produce and air the show, A&E agreed to pay Boris Krutonog as a co-executive producer for the duration of the program. Dan Silberman, the spokesperson for the network, said he could not comment at this time.

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Jack Klugman sues NBC over Quincy profits

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 29th 2008 9:41AM
Jack KlugmanThis is a very odd story, and not because it involves one-half of TV's most enjoyable sitcoms ever, The Odd Couple, but it's not about that show. It's about his other successful series. Jack Klugman has filed suit against NBC Universal over profits from Quincy, M.E. The oddity is that the show hasn't been in production for 25 years and this hasn't come up till now!

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