Nicolette Sheridan Urged To Settle Housewives Case
Posted on Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:12 PM PDT

NicolletteONe200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) -- Former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan will only get one season's lost wages for the show, a judge ruled Monday.

The judge in Sheridan's lawsuit against ABC and executive producer Marc Cherry ruled that if Sheridan wins an upcoming jury trial, she will get only season six's lost wages from the show instead of that season plus two more.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White urged the parties to come to a settlement, saying, "You're going to spend a lot of money on this case."

Sheridan originally sued for $20 million, saying she was slapped in the face by Cherry and then written off the show.

The actress then dropped claims of emotional abuse and later, the judge tossed her claims of sexual harassment and assault. Now, the lawsuit is over wrongful termination.

Judge White said Sheridan's role on the show beyond the sixth season was at the producer's discretion. So, her damages are limited to that one missed season. The total would amount to about $980,000.

The jury trial is scheduled for October. Meanwhile, the show is shooting its eighth and last season. Cherry said original castmembers would be back for the finale, but Sheridan says she won't return.