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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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76.

THese sternies are mean people who have no feelings    



New Thread about Dannielynn with Sperm looking like maybe he's thinking he didn't win the lottery --- motherhood is a B !!!

2232 days ago
77.

Maggie    

I understand that a lot of you hate Howard, but come on! E should NOT be allowed to just steal Anna's idea and profit from it. Howard has every right in the world to go and fight for what is rightfully Dannielynn's! Hate him or not!

2232 days ago
78.

Test    

Spell cops out again.
No mistakes allowed lol, where is your humanity?

2232 days ago
79.

RoseSpanks    

Poor Howard trying so hard to market his new blond bimbo, I guess ET is the only place you can make a buck with this one Howie. NO one wants him for a reality show or any show. He is nothing but a man who got a drug addict pregnant.
Better off working on the Marshall case, if you lose that even Dannielynn's marketability will be zero.

2232 days ago
80.

Maggie    

59. 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?

Posted at 4:13PM on Mar 10th 2008 by She was an addict - face it

A person that is in recovery and happens to be in a country that doesn't have a Methadone Maintenance program. At least she was on Methadone and not Oxycontin or Vicodin.

2232 days ago
81.

Kikoke    

Sorry #68 Andrea, the numbers must have changed cuz that was to #67 Shame on the Antinoids. Not directed to you or your comment. Peace

2232 days ago
82.

TIA    

A person that is in recovery and happens to be in a country that doesn't have a Methadone Maintenance program. At least she was on Methadone and not Oxycontin or Vicodin.

Posted at 7:21PM on Mar 10th 2008 by Peppermint

Thank you, you helped reinforce my point - she was an A-D-D-I-C-T!

2232 days ago
83.

TIA    

67. 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.

http://www.screenwritersfederation.org/copyright.asp#12

Posted at 5:19PM on Mar 10th 2008 by Shame on the Antinoids

Do you really think they give a rats ass about ANS and especially HKS?

2232 days ago
84.

TIA    

At least she was on Methadone and not Oxycontin or Vicodin.

Posted at 7:21PM on Mar 10th 2008 by Peppermint

That we know of and it wouldn't surprise me.

2232 days ago
85.

TIA    

Howard - do you think we really care? Can't wait to see what unGodly amount you sue for. I bet it's not less than 8 digits. I don't think you're going to garner much sympathy from the general public.

2232 days ago
86.

TIA    

When HKS asked LB to bend over, it appears LB happily obliged.
I'm still waiting for the pap's to snap a photo of LB with his boyfriend... Just wait, it will happen. Larry's being real careful right now.

2232 days ago
87.

Innocent ByStander    

A person that is in recovery and happens to be in a country that doesn't have a Methadone Maintenance program. At least she was on Methadone and not Oxycontin or Vicodin.

Posted at 7:21PM on Mar 10th 2008 by Peppermint

LOL, I know isn't that something? Oops, guess what......she DIED! Guess it does not matter what she was on now!

2232 days ago
88.

passing thru    

81. At least she was on Methadone and not Oxycontin or Vicodin.

Posted at 7:21PM on Mar 10th 2008 by Peppermint

That we know of and it wouldn't surprise me.

Posted at 8:04PM on Mar 10th 2008 by Ms. Kitty




Does it matter???? She died!!!

2232 days ago
89.

TIA    

Hey Howie baby, you going to be suing for 8 or 9 digits? What prestigeous attorney are you going to hire for this one?
Don't think you're going to get much support and or sympathy from the general public. The majority of us have figured out your game.

2232 days ago
90.

DB    

See like I always thought Anna Nicole was a smart cookie .
I only wish she were still alive.
Boy... wouldn't that be something..........
I have always thought an idea like this show would be great myself.
Some of the media deserves to be punked for going too far.

2232 days ago
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