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ABC Tries To Carbon Copy Big Brother, Gets Slapped With Nasty Lawsuit From CBS

May 11, 2012 10:00 AM by Lisa Princ

Big Brother is, without a doubt, one of CBSmost dramatic, yet successful reality shows to date. So what happens when another network tries to copy it with their own version of the show? Why, it ends up in a big, nasty lawsuit, which is exactly what is going on with CBS and ABC right now. Read on for the scoop!

Apparently, ABC’s new reality venture is called Life in a Glass House, and it’s strikingly familiar to CBS’ Big Brother, so much so that the network has slapped ABC with a nasty lawsuit! According to TMZ, the lawsuit was filed because CBS feels that ABC is making an “obvious attempt to capitalize on its unique success.” CBS is also accusing ABC of blatant theft of its copyrightable expression, trade secrets and other confidential information surrounding Big Brother.

But, how did ABC get any of this information? According to CBS, ABC has hired at least 19 former Big Brother staff members, whom have disclosed such information to ABC. So, why not sue those staff members instead? Oh, don’t worry, they are. CBS is going after 3 of the higher level Big Brother staff members for $500K each, for allegedly violating a confidentiality agreement they had with the network. Sounds like things are getting nasty between the networks.

With such competition in the world of reality television shows these days, it’s no surprise that ABC is trying their own spin on Big Brother. So, do you think CBS has a case here? Comment and share your thoughts with us below!

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Topics: ABC Reality TV Shows, Big Brother, CBS Reality TV Shows |

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2 Responses to “ABC Tries To Carbon Copy Big Brother, Gets Slapped With Nasty Lawsuit From CBS”

  1. Cyndi McGonigal Says:
    May 18th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I think that CBS has a right to sue.I LOVE Big Brother that is the show I look forward to seeing every year.I think ABC is wrong for trying to copy Big Brother.I dont blame them for trying that.Cause well Big Brother is a great show.But shame on you ABC for doing that.And shame on the former BB people for helping ABC.I wouldnt watch the show on ABC if you paid me.If you copy another show you have the right to sue.ABC you need to get your own ideas.Good Luck BB and CBS on suing them.

  2. ann Says:
    May 20th, 2012 at 6:08 am

    ABC should slap a lawsuit aganist CBS for their carbon-copy of The View with The Talk!


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