Freelance writer Dominic Patten is a Deadline contributor

One of Desperate Housewivesoriginal cast members will bid farewell to Wisteria Lane as a major character is being killed off this Sunday. Housewives line producer George Perkins let the news slip on the stand today while giving testimony in Nicolette Sheridan’s wrongful termination and battery suit in downtown LA. If you don’t want to know, don’t read further.

James Denton Desperate HousewivesJames Denton’s character Mike Delfino will be killed off this Sunday on the ABC series. He will be the most high-profile character killed off the show since Nicollette Sheridan’s Edie Britt character was eliminated in Spring 2009. Plaintiff’s attorney Patrick Mahoney asked Perkins on the stand this afternoon whether Sheridan’s character was the most high-profile one to be killed off, to which Perkins responded, “You mean up until today”? Housewives creator/executive producer Marc Cherry later smiled and gave a thumbs-up outside the courtroom when Deadline asked about the revelation. Ironically, Denton testified earlier in the day that he was constantly worried about being killed off the show. The demise of his character should not come as a complete surprise as he got into a physical confrontation with a powerful loan shark in the most recent episode.

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