Thursday Night Open Thread

At last, after interminable auditions, American Idol tonight gets down to naming the finalists. Update: Now that's how to put on an American Idol show. Almost riveting. There were 33 million votes. And both America's votes and the Judge's wild card picks were spot on. This will be a great season.

Nicolette Sheridan knows how to dress for court. (Rear view here.) She testified today in her civil trial against Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry and ABC. The dismissed Housewife is seeking $4 million in damages (I think that's one year's pay) for her wrongful termination from the show. She alleges Marc Cherry slapped her hard in the head, apologized, and then killed off her character. Or something like that.

Cherry and ABC say they decided to kill off her character before the "slap" incident (which they say wasn't a slap but a "light tap". ) Nicolette demonstrated the slap in court today by smacking her lawyer. It had been reported the other Housewives would testify for Cherry and ABC, but lawyers told the court today they won't be called. The trial seems to be of interest to Hollywood media because of the rarity of a single star taking on a network -- David vs. Goliath.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    This was unexpected... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by NJDem on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 09:25:55 PM EST
    "In what he hopes will be "one of the lasting legacies" of his time in office, Gov. Chris Christie Thursday offered details for expanding a program that would make treatment mandatory for nonviolent drug offenders rather than serving time in jail."

    Christie hopes to have mandatory drug treatment for non-violent offenders in next year

    Considering the frighteningly bizarre and unraveling path the GOP has been on lately, it's surprising to see a proposed policy that's not trying to set us back decades...  I have some questions about the details, but the plan sounds pretty progressive...

    That's a nice suit. (none / 0) (#1)
    by caseyOR on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 08:50:01 PM EST
    Sheridan's clothing and hairdo are appropriately understated for the situation.

    What are the odds? (none / 0) (#3)
    by shoephone on Fri Mar 02, 2012 at 02:20:59 AM EST
    what damages? (none / 0) (#4)
    by diogenes on Fri Mar 02, 2012 at 11:19:27 AM EST
    She might claim damages for pain and suffering from a slap, or from a "hostile workplace".  However, how does anyone owe Nicolette Sheridan money for "killing off her character" if she was paid what she was owed on her contract?  I guess I missed something because all I know about the law is from Handel on the Law on the radio.