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Warner Bros Sues CBS Over "Men"

12/24/2008 3:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Warner Bros. Television has filed a massive lawsuit against CBS over "Two and a half Men."



According to the suit filed Tuesday in L.A. County Superior Court, W.B. claims CBS owes it more than $49 million. The suit claims W.B. and CBS struck a deal -- that CBS would pay a lower-than-marketplace fee in seasons 5 and 6, but if the show was a hit CBS would reimburse W.B. for certain losses.

Here's the deal. According to the suit, CBS paid W.B. a fee of $750,000 per episode in the first season, with modest increases thereafter. That amount wasn't enough to cover the cost of production. W.B. claims the average cost per episode for the first season was $1,219,894. W.B. claims during the first four seasons it incurred a loss of $61,097,418.

W.B. alleges CBS was obligated to reimburse the company for some or all of the deficits, depending on the national ranking of the show. W.B. claims in spite of the fact that the show is a success and currently in season 6, CBS refuses to pay more than $49,000,000 it's owed.

CBS could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Heene    

Oh my Warner Brothers testify.

1948 days ago
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Heene    

And 2nd.

1948 days ago
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Heene    

3rd but it's really only cool to comment first on stories people care about.

1948 days ago
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RITE ING KLAS    

... had comments re grammar... now... just... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

1947 days ago
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RITE ING KLAS    

BTW... I LOVE THE SHOW.. re this topic though, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

1947 days ago
6.

LongJohn69    

21 minutes of show for 1.2 million bucks. It's a good show but not THAT good.

1947 days ago
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Ms_Tell_It_Like_It_Is    

I love the show but I cannot fathom why it would cost over a million bucks to produce ONE half an hour episode. Must be Sheen and Cryer are making some huge bank per show and that is included in this ridiculous cost?

1947 days ago
8.

dirty white boy.    

Show sucks, Same jokes. The actors suck. Very predictable and boring..

1947 days ago
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RBaldwin    

The costs are high because of the salaries, BUT CBS makes a killing on the advertisers...it's THE hit show, so it's going to be costly...look at friends those last few seasons.

1947 days ago
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nakatomi    

Great show, but not as good as Life, Wednesday's on NBC.

1947 days ago
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Rip M 2 Shreds    

This a non-story for the fly-over states. It's only news in LA and NY. It should be on Variety's or Hollywood Reporter's sites. The masses aren't into this kind of "inside baseball" reporting.

1947 days ago
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Give me a break    

I think this show is funny, keeps us all cracking up. Even the reruns are hysterical. A lot of money though. They will have to takes cuts in pay like everybody else has.

1947 days ago
13.

scum    

I love this show, will be so dissapointed if it get canceled.

1947 days ago
14.

brad    

i luv the show and the epsidoes keep gettin better but the price to make one epsiode i mean come on

1947 days ago
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5THBEATLE    

#12 A pay cut you say? NEVER will happen my friend!!

1947 days ago

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