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ABC to 'Big Brother'

You're Not THAT Original

5/23/2012 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

ABC is firing back at CBS -- claiming its new realty show "Glass House" is NOT stealing trade secrets from "Big Brother" ... because NOTHING about Big Brother is a secret.

The Alphabet network has filed a response in its legal battle with CBS -- asking a judge to throw out the "over-the-top" lawsuit ASAP.

In the docs, ABC says the insinuation that "Glass House" is stealing top secret info is "outrageous" ... because "there is nothing secret about editing a program with multiple feeds together or developing a narrative structure for it. That is reality TV."

ABC also says hidden cameras, putting contestants in isolation and doing contests is nothing special ... and shouldn't be considered a trade secret. 

In the suit, ABC claims there are significant differences between the two shows -- notably "Glass House" will be a team-oriented game ... whereas "Big Brother" contains an "every man for himself theme."

ABC scoffs at CBS' claim that 19 former "Big Brother" employees -- all of whom know the secret sauce -- defected to "Glass House." The network claims the reason so many BB employees left is because "Brother" producers run a reality TV sweat shop -- claiming "it is common knowledge in the industry that low pay and the 24 hours a day/7 days a week filming schedule makes life on the Big Brother set difficult."

The suit adds, "That employees prefer a different show with benefits and better hours is hardly evidence of a trade secret violation."

ABC is asking the court to deny every demand CBS has made -- so it can produce its show in a timely and cost-effective manner.

A judge has yet to rule on the matter.


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on the foreign versions of this BIG BROTHER SHOW they have nudity and shower scenes

883 days ago


it's rare that any show's are even all in the family came from the british.

883 days ago

Pudding Tang    

quality in the gutter television

883 days ago

Jay W.     

Network egos at their finest !

883 days ago


The only fair thing for the judge to do is order BOTH shows off the air for the next 99-years. Allowing either one is a crime against humanity.

883 days ago


Now children, neither of your stupid shows are origional. So kiss and make up. You have to get back to being the void of creativity.

883 days ago


yes, paying Big Brother employees more wasn't a tactic to steal them away. noooooo. it was because it was the right thing to do, to pay employees more than the going rate, because cbs is evil and stingy and running a sweatshop, while abc is kind and generous and luvs its employees. very believable, abc.

883 days ago


Only morons would watch his show. There's nothing 'real' about realtiy tv, they feed lines and make up each story.

883 days ago


Both networks should be utterly ashamed of themselves because neither one of them came up with the idea and they're both so pathetic that they're still doing them now and fighting over who the rightful owner of this rhino turd of a genre is.

883 days ago

Sean Kelly    

And their new show "Duets" is not a rip-off of "The Voice"? They will be hearing from NBC next. ABC is just such a wannabe network - always has been.

883 days ago


I must say ABC is correct in regards to there is nothing original about reality TV

883 days ago

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

I only saw the first season of Big Brother and I thought it was kind of like The Real World. Everybody copies everybody, almost nothing is original these days.

883 days ago


Big deal, all the networks steal ideas from each other.
Nothing original in reality tv anyway, every reality show has the exact same formula.
Alliances and rivalries, scripted arguments and overly dramatic reactions to otherwise normal events.

883 days ago

Don't feed the Trolls    


883 days ago


The only person that has the right to sue is REAL creator of Big Brother, you know, the one from Netherlands? First sever season, aired late 1999?

883 days ago
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