At that brief meeting, Cherry said he wanted to kill off the Edie Britt character for creative reasons and to save money, which had become an issue as ratings had softened.
PHOTOS: Eva Longoria’s ALMA Fashion Cherry said that during that meeting and another brief meeting later, and at a subsequent meeting with ABC president Steve Mc Pherson, he had been given permission to kill off the character at the end of season five.
Cherry made his name as a writer on the vastly popular Eighties sitcom The Golden Girls but had to endure some lean times before his own creation Desperate Housewives emerged as a smash hit in 2004.
Sheridan claims she was fired in retaliation for complaining about being hit by Cherry on the set.
PHOTOS: Emmy Roundtable: Comedy Actresses On the stand, Cherry said the decision to kill off Sheridan's character was a creative choice that would cut costs as ratings for the show declined and that Sheridan's "unprofessional behavior" was a factor in the decision.
But he said the incident with the prop man came during filming of a season five episode called and occurred after he had hit Sheridan in the head.
Much of the session was spent discussing a May 2008 meeting Cherry had in a hallway with Mark Pedowitz, who was then head of Touchstone, the producing arm of ABC/Disney that's responsible for the show.
“Some producers showed me a five minute sizzle reel of this Mexican show called, loosely translated, 'Disorderly Maids of the Neighbourhood'.
My first response was to turn it down, but it got me thinking about my first job when I moved up to LA, as assistant to [Hollywood actors] Dixie Carter and her husband Hal Holbrook.Cherry wrote for The Golden Girls with Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz, and the two are good friends.Cherry's show Desperate Housewives would beat Arrested Development at several entertainment industry awards for the 2005 TV season.“Felicity Huffman once paid me the oddest compliment.Speaking to a reviewer, she said: ‘Marc Cherry has a vagina in his brain.' I didn’t really know how to respond to that, but I must say I love writing women.Marc Cherry is the creator of Desperate Housewives and appears on Arrested Development as himself.