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‘Desperate Housewives’ Actress Kathryn Joosten Dies

Valerie Macon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kathryn Joosten, who played Karen McCluskey on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” died of lung cancer Saturday in Los Angeles, her publicist reported.

Joosten, 72, had been battling lung cancer for several years.

Joosten won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on “Desperate Housewives.” The hit show ended last month after eight seasons. Joosten’s character died of cancer, of all things, during the season finale.

She is perhaps best known for her role as Delores Landingham, the secretary to the president on “The West Wing.”

Joosten has appeared in numerous other television shows, including “Scrubs,” “My Name is Earl,” “Spin City,” “Judging Amy,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Reba,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Roseanne,” “Home Improvement,” “Frasier,” “Seinfeld,” “ER,” “Just Shoot Me!” and “Monk.”  In 2005, she appeared in the film “The Wedding Crashers.”

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"Desperate Housewives" Finale: A Wedding, a Birth, a Death and the Future

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- It was all flashbacks, feelings and fond farewells on Sunday night, as ABC’s Desperate Housewives finally reached the end of the lane. In a two-part special, the show ended its eighth season with story lines that included a murder trial, a wedding, a birth and a death. It’s the stuff that the comedy-drama has been dishing up since the women of Wisteria Lane first hit our screens in 2004.

The finale featured Marcia Cross’ Bree on trial for the murder of Gabrielle’s (Eva Longoria) perverted stepfather, Alejandro. Poor Mrs. McCluskey, played by Kathryn Joosten, succumbed to her cancer, but not before taking the stand at Bree’s trial to make the claim that she was the one who killed Alejandro, taking the heat off Gabrielle and Bree. Fans of the show had already seen Gabrielle’s husband, Carlos, Ricardo Chavira’s character, unintentionally kill Alejandro at the start of this season. Bree ended up romantically involved with her lawyer, Trip, portrayed by Scott Bakula.

Renee — Vanessa Williams’ character — got married to Ben, but on the way, pregnant Julie’s water broke, forcing her mother, Teri Hatcher’s Susan, to comically take the wheel of the limo to get them to the hospital. Felicity Huffman’s Lynette reconciled with her estranged husband, Tom, when she made a moving speech at the wedding telling the happy couple and watching friends, “Always remember how much you wanted to be loved, and how much you are loved.”

We also got to see, in a flashback, Mary Alice Young, who is usually only heard as the show’s narrator, plus the return of Dana Delaney’s Katherine to Fairview.

Near the end of the show, the four principal housewives were seen sitting around a table playing poker and talking. They promised each other that they would meet to play cards again – but that was not to be. We were shown that the future would see Lynette and Tom moving to New York, Gabrielle leaving the lane with Carlos to become a home shopping TV celebrity in Hollywood, and Bree moving to Louisville and entering into a political career.

Susan and her family were the last to move out, but not before we were introduced a new young housewife with her own secrets.  As Susan took one last drive down Wisteria Lane, we saw that she was being watched over by the ghosts of all who had lived and died there, including her dead lover Mike, played by James Denton, and, of course, Mrs. McCluskey. In the final voiceover, we were reminded that most of us try in vain to keep secrets that will never stay hidden.

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"Desperate Housewives" Creator Takes Last Stroll Down Wisteria Lane

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- After eight seasons of sex, sin and other suburban endeavors, ABC's Desperate Housewives is coming to an end this Sunday with a two-hour series finale. 

While speaking with TV critics earlier this year, the show's creator, Marc Cherry, looked back on the series, and described how it changed the lives of all who were involved.

"For a lot of us, it was kind of our second chance," Cherry said.  "[I] had Golden Girls, but then I went through years of not working," he said.  "Marcia [Cross] had Melrose Place, Terri [Hatcher] had Lois and Clark, and Felicity [Huffman] was kind of like this well-kept secret."

The show's success seemed to take everyone by surprise, Cherry recalled, but because the show was that "second chance" in their careers, he explained both he and the cast appreciated the show all the more.

"When it hit," Cherry said, "unlike if you have a show with a bunch of young actors, I think we were just all smart enough to go OK, it's crazy, it's intense, but thank God."

Cherry summed up his experience of the past eight years by saying, “It was intense, it was painful at times.” 

But after having done 180 episodes, Cherry adds, “I think we're all smart enough to know we're the lucky ones.  As in with anything in life, the glory was worth the pain.”

As for the impact his show has had on society, Cherry says he hopes “for the most part it's a positive one.”

The series did spawn a wrongful termination lawsuit from former cast member Nicollette Sheridan that is still not resolved.

The two-hour series finale of Desperate Housewives airs at 9 p.m. Eastern time Sunday on ABC.

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"Desperate Housewives" Cast Attends Wrap Party

ABC/RON TOM(LOS ANGELES) -- After eight seasons on the air, there are just two new episodes of ABC’s Desperate Housewives remaining.  The cast and crew attended a wrap party in Hollywood Monday night.  The final scenes were shot last Thursday.

Star Eva Longoria says she's confident fans will enjoy the conclusion.  “Everybody’s going to be so satisfied, it’s such as good finale. We were bawling at the table read. We were like, ‘that was so good.’ It was. It was great,” says Longoria.  Co-star Vanessa Williams believes fans will be left wanting more.

Felicity Huffman has a "deep sense of gratitude" about her time on the series.  Huffman says, "I think there’s a handful of shows that sort of catch lightning in a bottle and I’m lucky enough to be a part of one.”

The two-hour series finale of Desperate Housewives airs May 13.

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New Trial in Nicollette Sheridan's Lawsuit Scheduled for September

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- A new trial in former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination lawsuit against ABC has been scheduled for Sept. 10, according to

Last month, a Los Angeles judge declared a mistrial in the case after the jury reported it was deadlocked 8-4 in favor of Sheridan.  She has claimed she was fired from Desperate Housewives because she complained about a September 2008 incident in which, she alleged, series creator Marc Cherry struck her on the head during rehearsals.

A battery claim against Cherry was dismissed during the initial trial.

A motion by the defense to dismiss the case was rejected by a judge on Wednesday.

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Mistrial Declared in Nicollette Sheridan-"Desperate Housewives" Case

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- A Los Angeles judge on Monday declared a mistrial in Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination case against ABC after the jury remained deadlocked.

The jury reported it was deadlocked 8-4 in favor of Sheridan, according to  It told the court that additional closing arguments from both sides would not help it reach a verdict.  The jury began its deliberations last Wednesday and had been deadlocked since late last week.

Sheridan alleged that she was fired from ABC's Desperate Housewives because she complained about a September 2008 incident in which, she alleged, series creator Marc Cherry struck her on the head during rehearsals.

Cherry contended that he tapped her on the side of the head while demonstrating to her what he wanted her to do to another character.  He also testified that he decided to kill off Sheridan's character, Edie Britt, months before the altercation.

Cherry was removed as a defendant in the case after the battery claim against him was dismissed during the trial.

An April 13 meeting has been scheduled in order to determine a retrial date.

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Deliberations Begin in "Desperate Housewives" Trial

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The jury in the Nicollette Sheridan-Desperate Housewives trial began its deliberations in a Los Angeles court Wednesday afternoon, according to

Sheridan is suing ABC, claiming she was wrongfully terminated from the show because she complained about an incident in which, she alleged, series creator Marc Cherry struck her on the head.  A battery claim against Cherry was dismissed earlier this week.

In his closing statement Wednesday, Sheridan's lawyer, Mark Baute, called Cherry a "liar" for stating during his testimony that he decided to kill off Sheridan's character months before his altercation with her in September 2008.  He also said that producer Touchstone "is not particularly concerned if a woman gets hit by a man who runs a billion-dollar show."

A defense attorney contended that Cherry was telling the truth, and that it is "desperate" to suggest that witnesses would fabricate the timeline of events that led up to Sheridan's firing.

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Nicollette Sheridan's Battery Claim Dismissed

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry is in the clear after a Los Angeles judge on Tuesday dismissed actress Nicollette Sheridan's battery claim against him in a lawsuit.

The judge determined that Sheridan did not meet the standard of proof for battery.

Sheridan's allegation that Cherry struck her on the head during a rehearsal for the ABC series in September 2008 has been the focal point of an ongoing trial in L.A.

Following Tuesday's decision, Cherry told reporters outside of court, "Obviously I'm thrilled by the judge's decision but I'm going to withhold commentary on this matter until the entire case is resolved. ...I'm a very happy man."

Though Cherry is no longer a defendant in Sheridan's lawsuit, she is still pursuing an allegation against ABC that she was wrongfully terminated because she complained about the incident.  Cherry has maintained that he decided to kill off Sheridan's character months before his altercation with her.

Earlier in the day, a construction coordinator for the show, Michael Reinhart, took the stand, just days after he left a voicemail for Sheridan's lawyer that purportedly suggested a cover-up.  In the voicemail, Reinhart said he accidentally was copied on an email asking ABC's IT department to delete references to Sheridan's firing from the network's hard drives. reports that Reinhart on Tuesday testified he only recalls the words "Nicollette Sheridan," "IT" and "delete" in the email.   He said he immediately deleted the email because he didn't feel it was his "business."

Reinhart said he contacted Sheridan's lawyer about the email over the weekend because it had been weighing on his mind for a long time, and he wanted "equal footing for both parties."  The defense will perform a forensic examination of his computer.

Reinhart also testified that Sheridan's lawyer offered to help him find work following his concerns that he might have hurt his career by coming forward.

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ABC's "Desperate Housewives" Finale Airing May 13

ABC, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- The ladies of Wisteria Lane will say goodbye on May 13.  ABC has announced that Desperate Housewives will end its eight-season run on that date, with a two-hour finale.

Also of note on the network's May finale calendar: the comedy Cougar Town will wrap up its season with a one-hour episode on May 15; Grey's Anatomy will conclude its season May 17; Dancing with the Stars will crown a new champion on May 22; and Modern Family will air its finale on May 23.

Here are ABC's spring finale dates:

Tuesday, May 1
Last Man Standing

Sunday, May 6

Monday, May 7

Sunday, May 13
Once Upon a Time
Desperate Housewives (two-hour finale special)

Tuesday, May 15
Cougar Town (one-hour finale special)
Private Practice

Wednesday, May 16

Thursday, May 17
Grey’s Anatomy

Friday, May 18
Shark Tank

Sunday, May 20
America’s Funniest Home Videos

Tuesday, May 22
Dancing with the Stars the Results Show

Wednesday, May 23
The Middle
Modern Family
Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23

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Did ABC Try to Cover Up Nicollette Sheridan’s Firing?

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Nicollette Sheridan's lawyers released surprise evidence in the star's Desperate Housewives trial Monday that could be very beneficial to their wrongful termination lawsuit.

Lawyers for the actress played a voicemail left by a "lower level" Desperate Housewives employee who said he was accidentally added to an email chain sent to ABC's IT department, asking them to erase any reference to Sheridan's firing from the company's hard drives.

The email was sent to senior producers shortly after Sheridan filed her suit on April 5, 2010, reports.

The employee said the email chain was “definitely a conspiracy to cover up correspondence."  The witness reportedly was ordered to appear in court Tuesday.

Sheridan is suing Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry and ABC for wrongful termination, claiming she was fired because she complained about a 2008 incident during which, she claims, Cherry struck her in the head.  She seeks more than $6 million.

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