A&E doesn’t think the idea of a marriage reality game show is sacred … at least that's the allegation in a new lawsuit.
Yaina Williams says she's the mastermind behind “Married at First Sight” -- a show that follows six couples that get hitched the moment they meet.
Williams claims she uploaded her treatment to a site called the TV Writers Vault back in 2011 and later found out an exec at Lifetime -- owned by A&E Networks -- downloaded it a year later.
She says the next thing she knew ... promos for MAFS were running on the network and she flipped out.
Williams says the the show is so similar to her treatment ... they even share the same tagline, "Can Love Happen at First Sight." And she says the use of experts, online voting and a 6-month couples check-up were all copied.
She wants a judge to order the network to stop airing the show. And she also wants money.
Calls to A&E have not been returned.
The Bachelor Goes Out With a Bang ...
And a Lap Dance or Two
12/10/2014 4:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dong Cups and Lap Dances
For Bachelor Party
12/10/2014 7:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lance Bass and his fiance got a huge surprise at famed gay club, The Abbey, last night -- a his-and-his bachelor party ... complete with penis party favors!
Lance and Michael Turchin were toasted by celeb friends like Joey Fatone, Alan Thicke, Cheri Oteri, and comedian Fortune Feimster.
The guys sipped drinks out of penis-inspired yard glasses. If you're wondering, the answer is ... circumcised.
We talked to Lance after the party, and he reluctantly showed off one his more PG-rated souvenirs. Mazel!
Busted for DUI After Wedding
I Look Good in Cuffs!
12/2/2014 10:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Most people spend a fortune on wedding photogs, but Xzibit got his for free, courtesy of the police who took his mug shot after he got arrested for DUI immediately after his reception.
Xzibit tied the knot Saturday night near Laguna Beach, CA. He and his bride, Krista Joiner, partied hard at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. After getting pelted with rice early Sunday ... he left, presumably with her.
But the coitus got interrupted in Laguna, when cops pulled Xzibit over for speeding. He reeked of booze so cops cuffed him and took him to the station.
It's fitting ... Xzibit was associated with the group, The Alkaholiks.
I Spent My Honeymoon
in DUI Court
12/2/2014 9:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
If Snooki and new hubby Jionni LaValle left their wedding reception in a car with tin cans attached, it's a safe bet he didn't drive ... because we found he was on the heels of a drunk driving arrest.
Jionni spent the first weekday as a married man in court, where he copped a plea in his criminal case. He was arrested August 7 on Interstate 80 in Totowa, NJ at 3:30 AM after cops noticed him driving erratically.
Jionni pled guilty to DUI on Monday and had 2 other charges -- unsafe lane change and careless driving -- dismissed. His license was revoked for 3 months and he has to attend a drug and alcohol education class.
Snooki can relate ... she was arrested in 2010 for public drunkenness on the Jersey Shore.
If I Marry Khloe ...
I'm Taking Half!
11/26/2014 7:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kris Jenner, be warned ... French Montana will have a foothold on the Kardashian fortune if he marries your daughter.
French was at LAX Tuesday when he was asked straight up ... will he sign a prenup to seal the deal with Khloe? He was emphatic ... NO.
French might have issues ... Khloe and Lamar Odom signed a prenup before they got hitched, so the likelihood is ... this would be a deal breaker.
Michael May Have Faked His Wedding
11/26/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dina Lohan thinks ex-hubby Michael's wedding is fake ... because she says he told her so.
Dina was breezing through LAX Tuesday when our photog asked her about Michael Lohan and Kate Major tying the knot. Dina, who seems ... generally confused ... repeatedly says Michael disavowed taking vows.
In the end, Dina is cool with Kate, and bids us farewell with a curious goodbye generally reserved for the freshly dead.
Marries Baby Mama
Lindsay Left In The Dark
11/25/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Lohan has finally made an honest woman out of GF Kate Major ... but no one alerted his kids.
Lindsay Lohan's old man got hitched Oct. 30th in a private ceremony at Hillsboro Beach in Florida. It was so private neither Lindsay nor Mike Jr. were invited ... or even told.
Here's the thing. When Lindsay finally did find out ... she didn't care.
We're told Michael's motivation was his soon-to-be-born child. This is #2 for Michael and Kate.
They've had a rough ride with multiple mutual arrests. Hopefully "till death do us part" comes naturally.
MLB Star Andrew McCutchen
After 'Ellen' Proposal
11/24/2014 8:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Pittsburgh Pirates superstar Andrew McCutchen is a MARRIED MAN ... one year after proposing to his girlfriend Maria Hanslovan on "Ellen" ... TMZ Sports has learned.
The two were married in a ceremony on November 22nd ... they reportedly picked the date because of Andrew's jersey number ... 22.
When he proposed, Andrew told Maria ... "I did this to show you that ... If I could tell the whole world how much I love you, I would do that."
Obviously, she said yes and this weekend ... they finally swapped "I dos."
And to prove it's official ... Maria already changed her last name on her Twitter account to McCutchen!!!
Charles Manson's Wedding
He Can Make Out
And Dine from Vending Machines
11/19/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charles Manson will be allowed to make out with his bride, but he will never get to second base ... according to prison honchos.
Officials from the California Dept. of Corrections tell TMZ ... Manson's upcoming prison wedding next month at Corcoran State Prison will be G-rated and Spartan. There's no time limit on the first kiss but prison officials will cut it off before it becomes foreplay.
We're told Manson will not be restrained during the ceremony but he won't be allowed physical contact with 26-year-old Afton Elaine Burton other than locking lips and holding hands during the ceremony. FYI ... the officials wouldn't say if tongue was fair game.
The murderer can't wear a tux -- he'll get hitched in Corcoran couture, but the bride can wear what she wants.
As we reported, the bride and groom can invite up to 10 guests who are not inmates, but they won't be feasting on salmon. The meal will be catered by the company that provides Cup-O-Noodles with the push of a button. The good news ... there are pastries in the vending machines.
And, as we told you, Manson will not get conjugal visits.
This is the wedding where if the groom breaks a glass, he'll go into solitary.
I'm Gonna Have a Killer Wedding
11/17/2014 2:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charles Manson knows a thing or two about "till death do us part," so he's taking the marriage plunge.
The man convicted of slaughtering Sharon Tate and 6 others got a marriage license earlier this month. The 80-year-old murderer is marrying 26-year-old Afton Elaine Burton, who runs a Manson fan website.
Burton says the ceremony will go down next month behind prison walls. They can invite up to 10 free people.
There won't be any little Mansons running around ... he's not entitled to conjugal visits. Manson does have several grown children. Harvey interviewed one of his sons, back in his KCBS days.
This time the ball and chain are both real and metaphoric.
Wedding Day Hives
Make for a Bumpy Night
11/17/2014 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
I'm Under Attack
... By My Face!!!!!
11/17/2014 6:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Solange Knowles looked great during her wedding, but after the reception she broke out in hives ... and by process of elimination, she's either allergic to shrimp, or Jay Z.
It doesn't seem to be a case of nerves ... Beyonce's sister's face appeared smooth and radiant in the wedding photos ... but after the reception -- when she got in a car with Jigga -- all hell broke loose on her face.
According to our sources, Solange suffered some kind of food allergy, though she isn't sure what it was from. We're told the hives were gone in a matter of minutes.
Solange got hitched in New Orleans Sunday -- she married music video director Alan Ferguson.