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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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31.

TIA    

Didn't Ashton have a show called "punked" or something along those lines that was about pulling pranks on celebs?

2383 days ago
32.

Inquiring Mind    

I think it is poetic justice that E! would not allow Birkhead (the NON “celeb”) to do the first prank or host the show! E! is smart enough to know that the public does NOT want to see Birkhead on any kind of E! show (not a Daddy does diapers reality show or any show).

Oh how Birkhead has been enticed by fantasies of STARDOM by his buddy Stern, which are not coming true. WAKE UP Birkhead. The public hates Stern. Anything you do that is associated with him will be a dismal failure financially and for your public image.

Birkhead got PUNKED by Kutcher! Delightfully funny!

2383 days ago
33.

Sad    

C'mon guys. You would be pissed too if you had pitched the idea for this show to E! years ago, and they let dumb Ashton produce it....

2383 days ago
34.

TIA    

Newsflash for HKS - You're not liked by much of the general public. We hope you fail in all of your ventures and endeavors.
Here's a hint - why not use your law degree for what it was intended for and get a real job with real clientele.

2383 days ago
35.

pattie in cali    

ANNA was en easy target. everyone seemed to use ANNA, what a shame noone cared enough to help her and her son. what a shame.

2383 days ago
36.

Just the truth please!    

Oh here comes the stupid azz antinoids. Oh Larry and Howard had a deal. These people will not stop at anything. Most of them belong at the circus in the freak show but then who would pay to see these freaks. No life, dead beats, can't think for themselves, obsessed, hate mongers. Get a life you losers.........

2383 days ago
37.

Boycot all Jesses Business    

Howard sues everybody for everything lol, but he is dealing with the big boys now. They will kick his liar b*tt.

2383 days ago
38.

Moose    

IMO, Punked isn't all that different than Candid Camera. So I still ask the question. Has Kutcher ever had an original idea?

2383 days ago
39.

Studio    

This pretty much shows Anna was not a druged up women. She had many good ideas for TV shows. She also had many good and loving friends. She only had 3 in her life that is making money still off of her and they are Shelly , Tompson, Hattens. If she was so druged up then how did she work on Movies, Molding, Commericals, Charity advents. Funny that the only peeople that say she was wasted 24/7 are these 3 low lifes. So I hope E has to pay her estaste and it goes to Dannielynn. Good for Howard watching out for Anna. If she came up with the idea then they should pay her for it.

2383 days ago
40.

Donna    

Anna was always getting screwed.

2383 days ago
41.

Maxine    

38. Anna was always getting screwed.

Posted at 2:54PM on Mar 10th 2008 by Hmm...

2383 days ago
42.

dupes    

To #9 Xan, "you guys are just pissed you got owned. dont hate. it doesnt look good on you."

I can't see so well, is that Bill Shakespeare?

I think what you meant to say was -- Don't hate the playa, hate the game, for reals. Ya'll just got knowledge dropped on yuz. Sheeeat, holla.

And to be relevant as asked by TMZ, Ashton Kutcher is about as original Tommies #10 "Original chili burgers" on Lincoln in Venice, nothing like Tommy's....the real one. He's the Puff Daddy of tv, not that it's a sin, he's a loaded little prick. I shouldn't talk, I just ripped off Chris Farley.



2383 days ago
43.

THese sternies are mean people who have no feelings    






Breaking News ! This is HUGE !!!! Gov. Spitzer of New York is resigning dueto his involment in prostitution ring .

Howard Stern and Larry Birkhead / Sperm & Stern Inc. will be suing the State of New York for getting their feelings hurt at the news .

2383 days ago
44.

Inquiring Mind    

The public is not fooled by Stern’s fake concern for the “estate”.
We know that the “estate” is just another name for Stern and Birkhead bank accounts.

The public does not care that a ploy by Stern on behalf of himself and Birkhead to make money on E! has failed. We know that Dannielynn would never see any money made off of such a venture anyway.

Even if a technical/contractual “wrong” has been done … the public does not care that Stern gets the shaft in the deal.

It does not matter that Kutcher was the one to take this gig ... ANYBODY is preferable over the Stern/Birkhead team.
Loud and clear message to Birkhead from the entertainment industry..... you are NOT marketable!






2383 days ago
45.

Maxine    

37. This pretty much shows Anna was not a druged up women. She had many good ideas for TV shows. She also had many good and loving friends. She only had 3 in her life that is making money still off of her and they are Shelly , Tompson, Hattens. If she was so druged up then how did she work on Movies, Molding, Commericals, Charity advents. Funny that the only peeople that say she was wasted 24/7 are these 3 low lifes. So I hope E has to pay her estaste and it goes to Dannielynn. Good for Howard watching out for Anna. If she came up with the idea then they should pay her for it.

Posted at 2:53PM on Mar 10th 2008 by WAY TO GO

What are you talking about? Anna was stoned most of the time. By the way who taught you how to spell. Drugged has 2 g's estate not estaste.

Annas TV show sucked. That had to be the stupidest show I have ever watched, which was on one occasion and didn't finish watching it.

I am sorry that Anna died so young, but really she had no talent at all.

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