James Denton appeared on The View to discuss his character’s demise on Desperate Housewives, and he surprisingly mentioned Nicollette Sheridan’s lawsuit against series creator Marc Cherry. In fact, he even made fun of it, saying, “He slapped me!” as a joke in reference to Marc Cherry. He also discussed a story he wasn’t allowed to tell during trial because of the opposing counsel’s objection. Without getting into the very complicated rules of evidence that took me years to fully understand in law school, let me just say that it’s not surprising that the judge ruled in favor of excluding his story. Furthermore, because Denton wasn’t present in Nicollette’s trailer when she alleges Marc Cherry slapped her, I find it in poor taste for him to take a side. And despite his proclamation otherwise — trust me — he’s taken a side.
If you’ve been watching Desperate Housewives lately, you might have noticed the mysterious absence of Mike Delfino (played by James Denton). I call it “mysterious” because there’s no logical excuse for his disappearance, other than that he’s a bad husband. His wife (played by Teri Hatcher), is in search of a kidney, and her husband is never seen at the hospital. So where is he? My guess is that the powers-that-be cut his episodes this season in hopes of saving money. Perhaps they figured he wasn’t an integral character, and they could do without him. But since it doesn’t make any sense from a writing perspective, I think it’s a gigantic misfire on Marc Cherry’s part. Either explain his absence with a sensible storyline, or remove him from the show altogether. But it just doesn’t make sense to use him so sparingly, especially when his wife is ill.