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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.

42 COMMENTS

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31.

Ernest De Brew    

Two national networks. Two stupid shows alike. One silly debate.

809 days ago
32.

Jake    

Pretty tough words from the company whose tv show, "The Mentalist" is a rip off of USA's tv show "Psych"

809 days ago
33.

Tj    

I've read several people comment the same thing I was thinking with CBS version of The View. (The Talk). Not only did CBS copy The View, they have 2 African American female hosts. I believe The View was the first show to have 2 African American women hosts and The Talk copied. CBS needs to drop the threats.

808 days ago
34.

maypo79    

Don't watch the first one and won't be watching the "ripped-off" one. So. Boo hoo

802 days ago
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