CBS Drops Glass House Lawsuit Against ABC After Poor Ratings
Author: Leslie Kasperowicz
published: 2012-08-17 14:44:30
Big Brother is still watching you - but no longer suing. CBS has dropped their lawsuit against ABC over their new reality show The Glass House, which they claimed was far too similar to Big Brother. Reps for CBS claim that they dropped the case because the show failed to grab an audience. In other words, itís now ok that they stole the idea, since they didnít have any success with it?
The case, which started up in June when CBS attempted to block the new series from premiering on schedule, was based on the idea that the concept of the show violated their rights, and that a whole team of former Big Brother employees had defected to ABC and taken the secrets of the original format with them. According to The Hollywood Reporter those former employees still arenít off the hook in spite of the withdrawal of the lawsuit. The claim against them will go forward in arbitration.
The Glass House, after escaping CBSí attempts to stop it from premiering, didnít seem to benefit much from all that publicity. The showís ratings were unimpressive from the start. Meanwhile, Big Brother was down in the ratings as well, but it doesnít seem CBS wants to blame the new show for that. Could it be that maybe viewers are just getting tired of the whole concept, hence their decision to skip the new series and abandon the old?
Although CBS voluntarily withdrew the lawsuit, they stand by their right to sue if it ever happens again. It seems as though this big dispute is going to fade from view, however, about as quickly as The Glass House itself.
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