13 March 2012 12:20 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The courtroom battle between former "Desperate Housewives" cast member Nicollette Sheridan and the show's creator, Marc Cherry parallels the drama that often follows the death of a well-known TV character. Last year, Sheridan filed a lawsuit against Cherry and ABC, alleging Cherry assaulted her on the set, then fired her and killed her character when she reported the alleged abuse to the network."It's a one-way contract, they can drop you at any time," Steve Schirripa, whose character managed to survive almost to the end of "The Sopranos," told the Los Angeles Times. Normally producers and writers tend not publicize an upcoming death because it spoils upcoming storylines and may affect cast performances."We would ask the writers, 'I'm thinking about buying an apartment, you have to let me know,' You could never get an answer out of them," said Schirripa.It is often argued that a character dies because of a natural. »

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