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CBS Threatens ABC

Shut Down 'Big Bro'

Rip-Off ... Or Else!

5/5/2012 7:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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CBS
is clashing with ABC over a new reality show -- claiming ABC's newest reality project "Glass House" is a "Big Brother" rip-off ... and if ABC doesn't pull the plug on it stat, CBS will sue.

Lawyers for CBS fired off a cease and desist letter to ABC on Friday, claiming "Glass House" -- about contestants living in a house, filmed round-the-clock, and voted out by viewers -- is strikingly similar to "Big Brother."

CBS says it's no coincidence either -- claiming 18 former "Big Brother" staffers are now working on the new ABC project.

CBS writes, "In the strongest possible terms, we must admonish ABC and anyone involved in the development or production of `Glass House' that they will be acting at their own peril if they continue to proceed in this manner."

ABC had no comment.

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Truth    

BOO-HOO-HOOO... CRY ME A TEAR. CBS IS JUST AFRAID OF LOSING AD REVENUE FROM A DECLINING LAME REALITY SHOW THAT HAS BEEN TANKING SINCE SEASON 1. AS FOR ABC, THEY'RE JUST ASS ****S FOR USING THE PEREZ HILTON STRATEGY OF SWAGGER JACKING EVERYONE ELSE'S STORIES FROM TMZ AND THE ENQUIRER. THEY SHOULD JUST CALL A TRUCE AND ACTUALLY USE THEIR F*CKING CREATIVE BRAINS (OR LACK THEREOF...) AND CREATE SOMETHING NEW FOR CHANGE. YEA.. IT'S REALLY TOUGH TO USE YOUR BRAIN ONCE IN A WHILE. SAD. #TRUTH

880 days ago
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Logan Walker    

Well Its America two things Sueing and Stealing

880 days ago
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Dobby    

Since when is a ripoff show worthy of a lawsuit? Because the original show's star is the wife of the head of the network? Let's see, there was American Idol, then how many others? Who had the first CSI show? They're all the same. This is stupid.

880 days ago
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Christina    

Well, why stop at "Glass House"? They also copied "your" soap operas, news shows, sports telecasts, sit coms, and Infomercials. Smirk.

880 days ago
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jc123    

Oh please the majority of shows on tv are a rip off of one show or another, they just don't want competition.

880 days ago
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Truth    

SRUSLY???? HERE'S WHAT AMERICA THINKS ---> NO 1 CURR!! #TRUTH!!

880 days ago
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jack-55d79    

Aren't they both from the Netherlands?

880 days ago
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Grouchy Smurf    

Big Brother has not only jumped the shark but it has been eaten by the shark. What is the twist for this season of Big Brother? Perhaps another "All-Star" season so they can bring back Rachel yet again?

Hey CBS, here's a show idea for ya... take Rachel and Boston Rob and the creators of all these stupid reality shows and drop them off on a deserted island and then leave.

880 days ago
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Bridget    

I have a solution. Don't air either of them


And to top it off...I know this is crazy, but...air shows that have actors and um what is that other thing??? Oh yea, a script.


And "real world" should sue both of you.

880 days ago
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Douglas Freeman    

If CBS is so intent on suing ABC over this, then I suggest ABC sue CBS over "The Talk", which is the CBS version of "The View".

880 days ago
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Vonnie    

I am actually curious about the ABC show because I was a fan of Big Brother until it was obvious the producers were making most of the decisions for the contestants. Maybe ABC will execute the idea a little better.

880 days ago
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TIFFANY    

I don't get.. what about all of the bachlor shows that are on every station, they are not sueing each other.. every network has some type of show that has the same type of style..

880 days ago
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Joey    

I hate when networks use someone else's success. ABC should stick to sports and let teh other networks do teh reality shows

880 days ago
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Ben from Baltimore    

Didn't CBS head honcho Les Moonves allow his wife Julie Chen to do a knock off The View and call it The Talk? I guess that it's OK for CBS to do a knockoff of somebody else's show, but if somebody does a knockoff of a CBS show, it's a no no. ABC should countersue claiming that The Talk is a knockoff of The View.

880 days ago
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Bobo Frog    

Well MTV could sue CBS for ripping off the Real World. CBS doesn't have a leg to stand on.

880 days ago
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