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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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Getting the hint?

Posted at 9:56PM on Mar 10th 2008 by lmao

Nope, any "hint" is in your delusional imagination.

2383 days ago


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.

Posted at 6:05PM on Mar 10th 2008 by Kikoke
NO doubt. WHEN will it catch up to HKS and the others? Glad to see someone else is as disgusted with that whole bunch as me. A$$E$!!!

2383 days ago


95. I don't think HKS learned properly in law school. He's not the one who's supposed to be suing, he's the one who should be representing those that are being sued or who are doing the suing.

Posted at 9:05PM on Mar 10th 2008 by dummy

LMAO. So funny and so true..

2383 days ago


Hmmm...suing about some tv show that probably wont make it an entire season or focusing on the Marshall Millions, priorities, priorities....Howard is grasping, grasping....Like a rich man who bends over and steps on feet of the nuns to pick up a rusty penny.

2383 days ago

Just the truth please!    

Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation ~
Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil
Become incredulous and indignant
Create rumor mongers
Use a straw man
Sidetrack opponents w name calling, ridicule
Hit and Run
Question motives
Invoke authority
Play Dumb
Associate opponent charges with old news
Establish and rely upon fall-back positions
Enigmas have no solution
Alice in Wonderland Logic
Demand complete solutions
Fit the facts to alternate conclusions
Vanish evidence and witnesses
Change the subject
Emotionalize, Antagonize, and Goad
Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs
False evidence
Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor
Manufacture a new truth
Create bigger distractions
Silence critics

2383 days ago

Skeet Letzmer    

Does anyone else get the feeling that this is another prank? Mark my words...

2383 days ago


Where would the money be coming from for attorneys for Stern/Birkhead to sue E! ?

This news is of no importance compared to the significance of the resuming Inquest into Daniel’s death. Will Birkhead testify? And testify truthfully?

Posted at 8:56PM on Mar 10th 2008 by Inquiring Mind

Excellent question!


2383 days ago


Where would the money be coming from for attorneys for Stern/Birkhead to sue E! ?

Posted at 8:56PM on Mar 10th 2008 by Inquiring Mind

Good question. His mommy and daddy must be tapped out by now.
Howard - you digging into those offshore accounts of yours?

2383 days ago

Just the truth please!    

Head for the bomb shelter. Rose is calling mayday again. They dreamed up a new reason for the Clown Video and they think its big news. Now, its a rehearsal for the E Television series that ANS proposed. Gee. How come that could not be told a long time ago. What a bunch of BS

2383 days ago


96. testing testing


tmz is deleting my posts WTF?

Posted at 9:21PM on Mar 10th 2008 by Canuck



2383 days ago

Just Guessing    

Let's see if Howard sues E what will E do for him? Nada! Think any of their stories will show him in a favorable light? I don't think so.
Go ahead Howard bite the hand that feeds you and your new Anna Nicole. So Howard is still grifting with his new Anna Nicole. Now we know why Larry has been kissing Stern's a$$.

I feel so sorry for the baby ...they will be selling her as soon as they can.

and I'm not ......

2383 days ago


Inquiring Mind....perfect, where would the money come from??? Well, from pimpin ANS and her daughter...don't think for a minute they are not tappin into that every chance they get. And as you said the MOST important issue, which has always been at the forefront for those of us who have rallied around this injustice and have a heart, IS in fact the inquest into Daniel's death and for that matter ANS's too. Most of us know (call it gut feeling) that HKS was at the helm of that in both cases.....his actions have always spoke louder than his words. Good to see IM and Walter Barbera back. We use to have quite the insightful and interesting conversations here back in the day. For some reason it has gone Crazy of late with a whole lot of nothing being discussed except for some intelligent comments that seem to be few and far between, but nevertheless appreciated, so keep them coming. Hopefullly we can get back to the serious nature of this awful real life tragedy and start to discuss real issues that have some semblance (sp) of sanity AND integity. It is ok to disagree and nice to have a healthy disussion without all the BS, at least IMO. Again, welcome back y'all, you know who you are:-D Also, happy to meet those sane folks that are maybe not new here but new to me....a long awaited breath of fresh air!!! Thx

2383 days ago

Topix is Toxic    

You work hard to write a book or play and even register it. Years later the concept is in play by another induvidual

I thouht that she had a great idea,

Boy, show biz sure i ssleazy.

2383 days ago

Just the truth please!    

110. Head for the bomb shelter. Rose is calling mayday again. They dreamed up a new reason for the Clown Video and they think its big news. Now, its a rehearsal for the E Television series that ANS proposed. Gee. How come that could not be told a long time ago. What a bunch of BS

Posted at 12:42AM on Mar 11th 2008 by Whip Me Rose

OMG this is going to the BIG press and they say they have no connection to Howard. How would they know who is in the video because it has not been told in the media. Making her members play guessing games, then says oh can't tell you because it is going to the media. What kind of mind games are these sicko's playing. More people looking for 15 minutes.

2383 days ago

just the facts please    

Thank you TMZ for investigative reporting again. Your site, is the only gossip site, I've seen this story.

34. 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

I'm sorry, but you must've had a typo because the only people that HAVE NOT made any money off of beautiful Anna were the three that you named. Oh, Howie's gonna sue again...............I wish he/they could bother to put something a cross, a cross with a heart, for those dispicable UNMARKED graves down there. While they are WAITING for the "headstone".

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