By ANTHONY McCARTNEY / AP Entertainment Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A California appeals court says actress Nicollette Sheridan is not entitled to a new trial on her claim that she was wrongfully fired from "Desperate Housewives."
But a three-member panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that the actress should be allowed to file an amended lawsuit claiming she was retaliated against because she complained about her boss.
The court agreed with ABC attorneys that Sheridan's contract simply was not renewed. Her attorneys had contended the evidence supports their theory that she was fired because she claimed she was hit in the head by series creator Marc Cherry.
In March jurors deadlocked after a two-week trial, with the panel siding eight votes to four for the actress.
"Desperate Housewives" concluded its eight-season run this year.