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Merv Doubles Crosses From the Dead

5/5/2008 10:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Merv GriffinMerv Griffin -- actually, his production company -- is being sued for allegedly stealing an idea for the game show "Merv Griffin's Crosswords."

TMZ has obtained a copy of a lawsuit, filed today by George Giangrante in LA County Superior Court, alleging he came up with a crossword puzzle game show back in 1995 with a twist -- "a 'double-cross' feature that allowed an opposing player to take all of another player's money with one correct answer, and thus, knock him or her out of contention."

Giangrante claims he pitched the show to Merv's peeps in 2001 and "the late Merv Griffin was particularly interested in a crossword game show." We assume the lawyer who wrote this meant Merv was interested while he was still alive.

Giangrante says Merv's people were so interested, they flew him from New Jersey to Hollywood but ultimately said they were uninterested in the idea. So imagine Giangrante's dismay when he read that "Merv Griffin's Crosswords" in September 2007, allegedly with his patented double-cross feature.

The suit seeks unspecified damages.

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FlBiker    

Get well soon Merv!

2175 days ago
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The Sovereignty of TMZ Whores    

Don't f$ck with people from Jersey

2175 days ago
3.

Kelli    

He passed already. RIP Merv...

2175 days ago
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Lenn K.    

I'm still shock to find out that Merv was gay all these years. I guess you never know!!

2175 days ago
5.

NUMbnuts    

THE GAY BITCH RIPS FROM THE GRAVE....

HE WAS A SMOOTH TALKER....

2175 days ago
6.

BBK    

Merv was a great man. Let him rest in peace!

2175 days ago
7.

Steve    

6 feet down, 7 letters, slang for dead. Dirt nap

2175 days ago
8.

Robert    

pumpin up daisies or maybe pansies.

2175 days ago
9.

Media whores    

Poor dude gets ripped-off, now he has to fight Hollywood lawyers. Can you imagine?! Surely they are at the bottom of the lawyer dirt pile.

2175 days ago
10.

Kelli    

Good one Robert.

2175 days ago
11.

Prince Von A-Hole    

Ah yes todays dead guy story. Got it in just under the wire

2175 days ago
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scissors    

(in my best Ben Stein voice) Wow. What a great idea. (yawn)

2175 days ago
13.

MacArthur    

Every great show or movie that comes out, some nut says he wrote it first. This loser won't get a cent from Merv. Merv created Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, why would he need to steal a show? There's always a butthole trying to steal somebody else's money.

2175 days ago
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Johnny Cardenas    

Strange that this guy waits until Merv Griffin is dead to sue.
Seems like he didn't want to give Merv a chance to tell his side of the story in court. Typical ghoulish grave robber.

2174 days ago
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Makimaus    

My ghod, who writes this drek? Just for the record, the term you used for the headline should be 'double-crosses', not 'doubles crosses', which sounds like he just increased his order for christian symbols by 100%. In general, when writing for a primarily English-speaking audience, it's helpful to use English. Just a suggestion.

2174 days ago
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