The hit show Desperate Housewives has been headlined by five housewives from the very beginning. However, some are less important than others. Nicollette Sheridan’s Edie Britt has made her mark as the biggest man-chaser on Wisteria Lane, but has often been in the background while Susan, Bree, Gaby, and Lynette have their adventures. Nicollette Sheridan and Edie have even come close to leaving completely a few times, but have always come back. That is, until now, as Nicollette Sheridan seems ready to say goodbye to Desperate Housewives.
ABC reported that Sheridan would be leaving Desperate Housewives by the end of the season. The circumstances and details are not known yet, but many Desperate Housewives fans are probably guessing that Edie’s sinister husband Dave will be involved.
Nicollette Sheridan, like many of the Housewives stars, had early fame on TV in the 90’s. Teri Hatcher had Lois and Clark, Marcia Cross had Melrose Place, Felicity Huffman had Sports Night, while Sheridan starred in the 90’s hit Knots Landing. But Sheridan faded back from the spotlight for a while, until becoming a Housewife.
Edie, of course, was no housewife, as her antics and man-chasing were often a thorn in the side of her neighbors. Sheridan also achieved extra fame in an infamous Monday Night Football teaser, where she took off her towel for Terrell Owens.
Sheridan and Edie gradually struggled to find juicy storylines over the course of Desperate Housewives. In fact, in two straight season finales, Edie looked to be leaving for good.
She appeared set to kill himself in the season three finale, and was kicked out of Wisteria Lane at the end of last season. The addition of Dana Delany’s Katherine Mayfair to the cast further marginalized Sheridan.
Edie finally returned in the new flash-forward format of Desperate Housewives, bringing back a husband named Dave. But Dave, played by Neil McDonough, has his own evil agenda in mind, which will probably help facilitate Edie’s eventual exit. Or that may be what the show just wants fans to suspect.
Sheridan appears to be leaving on good terms, which is more than what other hit ABC shows can say. Grey’s Anatomy is also ready to let go cast members like Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight, after months of negative gossip and very poor storylines for their characters.
Sheridan leaves Desperate Housewives on a high note, as the show is in the middle of an acclaimed fifth season, and has just celebrated its 100’th episode. The show may or may not go on for a few more years longer than creator Marc Cherry originally planned.
Reuters- “Desperate Housewives to lose Nicollette Sheridan” www.reuters.com/article/rbssTechMediaTelecomNews/idUSN1141043720090212
Celebuzz- “Nicollette Sheridan: No Longer A ‘Desperate’ Housewife” www.celebuzz.com/nicollete-sheridan-no-longer-desperate-s85211/