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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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#55 Pay up....he is making sure "people' don't take advantage of Anna in her death.....and making sure the the baby will have a good life!!!!! Are you Effing kidding me. The only thing he is making sure of is that his greedy pockets are lined, along with Larry. Two very sick schmucks, who are constantly taking every opportunity possible to make a buck off of ANS and or the baby. To protect Anna and provide for the baby's future....I think not. If anyone cannot smell that something is and has been fishy since the death of Daniel, then perhaps you should do everything possible to escape the Twilight Zone.

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E should have let Larry have the opportunity. That would have been cool!

Get 'em guys!!


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55. Like most of Anna friends the ture ones know she was not a drugged up 24/7 like O'Quinn and Virgie want you all to think. Talk about being PUNKED. I hope Howard sues the crap out of them. Anna had the idea and her estate should be paid. As for some of you that think Howard should get a job, he has one protecting Anna from all the money grabbers. He will make sure Dannielynn will recieve the money that should have gone to Anna. And not let people tak advanage of Anna in death. So, you all go and bash Howard BUT he is the only one that is making sure Dannielynn will have a good life.

Posted at 3:48PM on Mar 10th 2008 by Time to pay up

Guess the only made sure she was drugged when she was in front of the camera, during interviews and at award shows.
Who keeps pharmacy sizes methodone in their refrigerator?

2382 days ago

THese sternies are mean people who have no feelings    

Oh yeah , right ! How much money can replace DL's mommy ?

A real, good life , growing up under the shadow of scandal , motherless, grandmotherless, do you pathetic sternies think everything can be solved by throwing money at it ? (well, almost everything can , except losing your mom, &and brother as an infant) DL will grow up with the feeling of abandonment , for her entire life, she will always feel as if someone is missing in her heart ) )

2382 days ago

THese sternies are mean people who have no feelings    

Breaking News : Butterfly is Swims . . Fly or Swim away little pest ! lol

2382 days ago

Method, motive and means    

Stop the madness. WTF? How come Howie is not in jail already?

Helloooo anyone in any official capacity? We are not laughing even though we should be.

2382 days ago


The show was stupid anyway. Of all the people to choose from they chose paris hilton, who is a paparazzi slut. maybe the paparazzi show prank her and ignore her for a week. what a hypocite.

2382 days ago

John Belushi    

Uh, this is just another set up for the next show. It's all BS. Yawn

2382 days ago


Like your nic, Sperm and Stern, Inc. LLC

I am looking forward to Dr Death being held accountable for her disgusting "Treatment" of Anna. I'm afraid Stern will walk, but Karma will follow him.

2382 days ago


i think this is part of the show...and you are falling for it again!! RIP Anna, but i really can't picture coming up with an idea like this one.

2382 days ago

Just the truth please!    

For you idiots out there that can not think on your own, Howard will not have to sue but the Writer's Guild will and can.

As we can see it was Anna's idea and why should she not get the credit. It is in black and white.

I would say this is a good law suit and any of you would do the same thing if this was you.

2382 days ago

Greedy Lawyers Suck    

Some real nasty people on this site! Sounds like that treacherous Rita Costy and friends!

2382 days ago


#68 but it is not us....and it is not you said it is/was ANS's idea and once again this schmuck is presenting/representing himself as the all powerful, all concerning, all caring person that we ALL know (well at least anyone with half a brain) is a murdering bastard who only cares about himself and what is in it for him. Not ANS's name, not Dannilyn's future, but HIM and his yes man sidekick just as greedy "friend" Larry.
Like you said "Shame" it WAS ANS's what gives him the right to still, even in her death, try to appear as if he is not going to allow anyone to "burn" ANS, when in actuality he is again only making an attempt to keep his finances in the the expense and LIFE of another.
HKS (H)orrific (K)illing (S)chmuck, will hopefully have his day and I pray it is soon. It has been long enough for those of us who have been here since the beginning (Daniel) waiting for something, someone to hold this jackass accountable, which may of prevented the same fate happening to ANS!! We all talk about karma, but when will HKS and others have to answer to what he did to BOTH Anna and her son!!! It simply amazes me with all the time that has passed and all the signs that point to......yes HKS, and yet he still walks free and has the balls to be sueing once again in the supposed name of ANS. Sick sick sick and more sick is all I can say.

2382 days ago

Just the truth please!    

Did any of you happen to catch last night's episode of Pop Fiction? It turns out the show, which is produced by Ashton Kutcher, is a carbon copy of a show that Anna Nicole Smith pitched to E! back in 2004.

Anna's treatment read: "...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."

The show was originally pitched to E! networks, so our conspiracy theory is that the execs at E! approached Ashton with the concept since he's the Punk'd dude and he jumped at the opportunity.

2382 days ago


Looks like Howard & Bonnie's bloggers are on here trying to help poor Howard again but it's useless.

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