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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.
Read the treatment
"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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16.

passing thru    

Oh, please! NOT another lawsuit!!! Wonder just who will bring it on behalf of her estate.... hmmmm.....

2327 days ago
17.

TIA    

Stern spoke with E! again on behalf of the estate .....


Can't Stern get a "real"job instead of living off the estate/death of ANS?

2327 days ago
18.

Attention Ho    

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?"




Not shocking....that's probably what the whole paternity thing was......a fricken scam! No wonder Birkhead and Howie are buddies. Disgusting SOB's....and a 20 year old kid and his 39 year old mother are dead because of it.
Poor Dannielynn...that's all I have to say.

2327 days ago
19.

Attention Ho    

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.





Stern's pimping out Birkhead now....pathetic.....look out Dannielynn.
Someone save that baby.

2327 days ago
20.

TIA    

Is there anyone HKS hasn't sued or threatened to sue?

2327 days ago
21.

THese sternies are mean people who have no feelings    



Okay , Howard has a law degree, his mommydaddy paid big bucks for it . When his kin asks him what's he doing for money he can pull out his empty pockets and do that Ricky Nelson eye batting thing he does and then shows them the newest lawsuit for his dead client .

Larry doesn't have a law degree but he's going for his beautician's license . For dead people .


Breaking News !! NEW YORK GOV> ELIOT SPITzER INVOLVED IN PROSTITUTION RING !!!

2327 days ago
22.

shadowbaby    

Nobody wants to watch a show hosted by dirty looking Larry Birkhead. He and stern are the biggest slimeballs on the planet. Still trying to live off dead Anna. Disgusting.

2327 days ago
23.

Ron    

Oh TMZ what will you do. It will be fun watching Pop Fiction to see what was real or fiction and what your part was in exploding the story.

I'm kind of disappointed that this is the only story about the show.

2327 days ago
24.

ck    

They didn't discover the cure for cancer, for crying out loud! It's a garden variety, dumb television show concept. It's not even remotely original. This baseless lawsuit is a perfect example of how ridiculous our litigious legal system is.

2327 days ago
25.

Moose    

Has Kutcher ever had an original idea?

2327 days ago
26.

anonymous    

i think you're being popped (fictioned) again TMZ.......................

2327 days ago
27.

Attention Ho    

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.



Was this part of infamous "The Deal"???
$tern probably promised this to Larry in exchange for staying on as executor. lol
Birkhead is such a sucker.


2327 days ago
28.

Twinker    

God is wondering why He hasn't been sued yet by Howard and Larry.

2327 days ago
29.

TIA    

My vote is for Ashton.

2327 days ago
30.

Moe    

Why doesn't HKStern get a friggin job already. All he seems to be doing is threatening to sue the pants off anyone that looks at him the wrong way. What is his problem! I don't trust him one bit and I never did!!!!! Howard.........get a real job!!

2327 days ago
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