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Nicolette Sheridan on Desperate Housewives

Published January 2, 2007 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of ABC.
Nicolette Sheridan in Desperate Housewives Nicolette Sheridan in Desperate Housewives
This has been Edie's year on Desperate Housewives. With Mike in a coma and waking up with no memory, she's been able to win him away from Susan. Then, when his criminal history came to light, she dumped him on her own terms. On a show like Housewives, it's almost too good. Should we be worried about Edie's downfall in the near future?

Nicolette Sheridan on Desperate Housewives


"Don't worry," assured Nicolette Sheridan. "Yes, I think that when someone goes into a coma they do tend to come out of it and be quite agitated, and I don't think that the plumber ended up being what Edie had signed up for. So, that coupled with him being arrested which just threw her right back into the mother daughter relationship that she had because her mother was an alcoholic and ended up in jail and I think that sitting in that jail cell with him was too much for her to handle. So she panicked and basically ended it on the spot due to the fear of reliving moments and feelings and loss of love in her childhood."

The show is receiving renewed acclaim after what was considered a problematic second season. "Marc Cherry never left, but he's extremely hands on this year and getting back to what made it work the first season which to me was the aspect of how politically incorrect it was and how it was just pushing boundaries and the bizarre situations, the situations that people think they would behave a certain way in, but if they did they would probably get arrested. So it's back on track and I think that there is a new energy from everyone. There are new writers and everyone is just inspired again."



Having played Edie for three years now, Sheridan gets to give Cherry her input. "Yeah, we all have ideas and Marc Cherry is amazing in that way. You can walk into his office and say, 'This isn't quite working. I don't think that we're being true to the character by making that choice. How would you feel about x, y, or z?' He will listen and he will love some of it. He will argue his thoughts on other parts of it, and I suppose that the answer to your question is yes. There is input that is heard."

With scripts only coming in the night before an episode films, there isn't a whole lot of time to make those changes. "Well, you can see where it's leading. Like, if you're seeing something that doesn't resonate I will call him and he always takes my call and says, 'I know if you're calling there is something that I should be looking at.' So that's nice."

And Sheridan assures the fans that all the girls get along fine. "If it was a group of men doing this we wouldn't be hearing any of this business. Everyone is a very distinct character in their own right and playing very definitive roles in this crazy show that we do. Everyone is really grateful and thankful to be there, and we just have a great time."

Desperate Housewives airs Sunday nights on ABC.

Stay tuned for updates.


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