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Anna Nicole to E!: You Screwed Me

3/10/2008 3:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The new E! show "Pop Fiction" sounds like a complete rip off of another pitch -- "Celebrities Strike Back." Oh, by the way -- it was pitched by Anna Nicole Smith more than three years ago and there could be a lawsuit.
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"Pop Fiction," produced by Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst Television, debuted last night. It seems identical to a treatment obtained by TMZ that Anna Nicole registered with the Writers Guild in 2004. Now get this -- in 2004, Anna Nicole and Howard K. Stern met with Jeff Shore and Jay James, both programming execs for E!. They pitched the show and sent Shore the treatment.

We're also told Anna Nicole and Howard K. met with then E! Prez Ted Harbert in 2004 and also raised the show.

Ashton's show sounds like a carbon of Anna's treatment -- "...what happens if Anna Nicole Smith and other celebrities turn the tables and capitalize off of the overzealous media? What if the next big supposed scandal is not a scandal at all? What if everything is staged, but the media (and the public) don't know it?" It continues, Anna Nicole and other celebrity guests take aim at the media and push all the limits."

That's Ashton Kutcher's show and we're told Howard K. has already threatened suit. What is really pissing him off is that he and Anna had multiple meetings with E!. Two months ago, Stern spoke with E! again on behalf of the estate and the network seemed intrigued by making Larry Birkhead the celeb to do the first prank and then host the show. Ultimately Jay James said it just wouldn't work. Oh really?

UPDATE: A rep for E! tells us, "'Pop Fiction' is a program independently created and developed by Ashton Kutcher's company, Katalyst. 'Pop Fiction' is not based on any idea or concept that may have been pitched to E! by any other party."

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136.

TIA    

Howard, did you claim the rights to Anna's farts also?

2331 days ago
137.

Jill from Western Australia    

HK$...BOW OUT GRACEFULLY!!!!...Understand that ANS ONLY LOVED ANS...IMO she was FAKE in everything that she did...ESPECIALLY CHEATING ON J.HOWARD MARSHALL who she only married for his money.....
Be very very carefull HK$...you supplied the drugs to both ANS & Daniel...THAT MAKES YOU AN "ENABLER"....
Personally I hope that you are charged with NEGLIGENCE {at least} !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2331 days ago
138.

Just the truth please!    

E! seems to be trying to clear up any rumors that it's newest show Pop Fiction wasn't an original idea from professional pranker Ashton Kutcher, but that it was in fact stolen from, none other than, Anna Nicole Smith.

It's been reported that over three years ago, Anna Nicole and her crew, including Howard K. Stern, pitched the show to E! and even registered the idea with the Writer's Guild. E! ultimately decided the show wouldn't work.

Cut to Pop Fictions's premiere this past Sunday. The show's concept, which uses celebs to make up fake news items to see if the media will run them, is almost identical to the one that Anna Nicole came up with. Today E! released a statement to OK! maintaining that the show is all original to Ashton.

They said, "Pop Fiction is a program independently created and developed by Ashton Kutcher's company, Katalyst. Pop Fiction is not based on any idea or concept that may have been pitched to E! by any other party."

http://www.okmagazine.com/news/view/5145

2331 days ago
139.

Cheryl    

The police should ATREEST HOWARD K STERN & LARRY BIRKHEAD!!! THESE BUMS WILL SUE EVERYONE TO GET A BUCK!!! GET A REAL JOB YOU BUMS & QUIT LIVING OFF OF OTHERS PEOPLES MONEY!!!

2331 days ago
140.

Cheryl    

the show was stupid anyway...... & it doesn't suprise me at all that Howard K Stern & Larry birkhead are going to sue, dont they sue anyone they can? after all, Anna is not hear to support these no good bums. rot in he.. Howatrd k Stern & Larry Birkhead!! they shouldn't get 1 PENNY FROM ANYONE!!

2331 days ago
141.

fucking douchee eww tranny head im decaying    

wow, just give it a rest. she's dead, and who really cares. it's actually a good show.

2331 days ago
142.

Rump    

134. HK$...BOW OUT GRACEFULLY!!!!...Understand that ANS ONLY LOVED ANS...IMO she was FAKE in everything that she did...ESPECIALLY CHEATING ON J.HOWARD MARSHALL who she only married for his money.....
Be very very carefull HK$...you supplied the drugs to both ANS & Daniel...THAT MAKES YOU AN "ENABLER"....
Personally I hope that you are charged with NEGLIGENCE {at least} !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted at 1:29AM on Mar 12th 2008 by Jill from Western Australia
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Just saw your post. It was great! Poor Daniel. What kind of $hitty mother did he have......she chose that $nake HK$ over her own flesh and blood, how many times. Now both she and her son are dead, with her mother and strangers fighting for the truth to come out.


2331 days ago
143.

SteveM    

I think this lawsuit is just part of the show. in a couple weeks ashton will pop out and say PUNKED!!

2331 days ago
144.

As I see it    

136. The police should ATREEST HOWARD K STERN & LARRY BIRKHEAD!!! THESE BUMS WILL SUE EVERYONE TO GET A BUCK!!! GET A REAL JOB YOU BUMS & QUIT LIVING OFF OF OTHERS PEOPLES MONEY!!!

Posted at 1:44PM on Mar 12th 2008 by Cheryl Soto

Arrest Howard and Larry for what? It doesn't work that way, if it did they would arrest you for being so dumb.

2331 days ago
145.

Allred Tree    

What a shame that Howard did not protect Anna by drawing up an updated will for her!!!!

If he had been as careful with that as he was about this, lots of time and money could have been saved and that entire fiasco in Florida with the wanna be Celebrity Judge Larry Seidlin and the other pot-smoking one, Korda, avoided. There would have been no need for the GAL and his huge bill.

Yes siree, I think since Howard was aware of this, he has really succeeded in acting-out the plot in real life.
















Yes siree, I think since Howard was aware of this, he has really succeeded in acting-out the plot in real life.

Posted at 6:52PM on Mar 12th 2008 by Walter Barbera

What a shame that Howard did not protect Anna by drawing up an updated will for her!!!!

If he had been as careful with that as he was about this, lots of time and money could have been saved and that entire fiasco in Florida with the wanna be Celebrity Judge Larry Seidlin and the other pot-smoking one, Korda, avoided. There would have been no need for the GAL and his huge bill.

Yes siree, I think since Howard was aware of this, he has really succeeded in acting-out the plot in real life.

Posted at 6:52PM on Mar 12th 2008 by Walter Barbera

What a shame that Howard did not protect Anna by drawing up an updated will for her!!!!

If he had been as careful with that as he was about this, lots of time and money could have been saved and that entire fiasco in Florida with the wanna be Celebrity Judge Larry Seidlin and the other pot-smoking one, Korda, avoided. There would have been no need for the GAL and his huge bill.

Yes siree, I think since Howard was aware of this, he has really succeeded in acting-out the plot in real life.

Posted at 6:52PM on Mar 12th 2008 by Walter Barbera

What a shame that Howard did not protect Anna by drawing up an updated will for her!!!!

If he had been as careful with that as he was about this, lots of time and money could have been saved and that entire fiasco in Florida with the wanna be Celebrity Judge Larry Seidlin and the other pot-smoking one, Korda, avoided. There would have been no need for the GAL and his huge bill.

Yes siree, I think since Howard was aware of this, he has really succeeded in acting-out the plot in real life.

Posted at 6:52PM on Mar 12th 2008 by Walter Barbera

What a shame that Howard did not protect Anna by drawing up an updated will for her!!!!

If he had been as careful with that as he was about this, lots of time and money could have been saved and that entire fiasco in Florida with the wanna be Celebrity Judge Larry Seidlin and the other pot-smoking one, Korda, avoided. There would have been no need for the GAL and his huge bill.

Yes siree, I think since Howard was aware of this, he has really succeeded in acting-out the plot in real life.

Posted at 6:52PM on Mar 12th 2008 by Walter Barbera

What a shame that Howard did not protect Anna by drawing up an updated will for her!!!!

If he had been as careful with that as he was about this, lots of time and money could have been saved and that entire fiasco in Florida with the wanna be Celebrity Judge Larry Seidlin and the other pot-smoking one, Korda, avoided. There would have been no need for the GAL and his huge bill.

Yes siree, I think since Howard was aware of this, he has really succeeded in acting-out the plot in real life.

Posted at 6:52PM on Mar 12th 2008 by Walter Barbera

What a shame that Howard did not protect Anna by drawing up an updated will for her!!!!

If he had been as careful with that as he was about this, lots of time and money could have been saved and that entire fiasco in Florida with the wanna be Celebrity Judge Larry Seidlin and the other pot-smoking one, Korda, avoided. There would have been no need for the GAL and his huge bill.

Yes siree, I think since Howard was aware of this, he has really succeeded in acting-out the plot in real life.

Posted at 6:52PM on Mar 12th 2008 by Walter Barbera

What a shame that Howard did not protect Anna by drawing up an updated will for her!!!!

If he had been as careful with that as he was about this, lots of time and money could have been saved and that entire fiasco in Florida with the wanna be Celebrity Judge Larry Seidlin and the other pot-smoking one, Korda, avoided. There would have been no need for the GAL and his huge bill.

Yes siree, I think since Howard was aware of this, he has really succeeded in acting-out the plot in real life.

Posted at 6:52PM on Mar 12th 2008 by Walter Barbera

2331 days ago
146.

whatnow    

Sounds like HKS was trying to get LB a job and they said no. I don't know anything about what your rights are if you register an idea with the writers guild, Another lawsuit and the show will be gone before it gets settled. Again the only people who will make a dime off of this are the lawyers and maybe HKS so yawn.

2330 days ago
147.

agentzero    

How ironic. Anna spent the last 12 years of her life fighting tooth and nail to steal whatever she could from the Marshall family and now even as she's not even alive to defend herself, other people are stealing her intellectual property. It would only be funnier if this idea made Ashton Kutcher a ton of money.

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