ABC Fires Back Against CBS in Court Fight Over New Show, Cites ‘Generic Staples of the Reality Show Genre’

Jun 12, 2012  •  Post A Comment

ABC has asked a court to block CBS’s request for a temporary restraining order that would prevent ABC’s "Glass House" reality show from airing, reports Deadline.com.

ABC is arguing that CBS can’t prevail in its copyright claim because the elements shared by "Glass House" and CBS’s "Big Brother" are "all generic staples of the reality show genre: people living in a house, competing with each other to avoid elimination, and winning a prize," according to ABC.

ABC also argues there "is no ‘secret sauce’ in ‘Big Brother’s’ production process” that the network could have misappropriated, the story notes, citing ABC.

Part of ABC’s argument includes the network’s investment in "Glass House," with ABC noting it would suffer "significant harm" if CBS succeeds in blocking the show because ABC has already spent $16 million to promote its June 18 debut.

“A temporary restraining order, even for a week, would seriously undermine the show’s potential success," ABC said, the story notes.

CBS is expected to respond to ABC’s opposition filing within 24 hours, and CBS is hoping to have a hearing by the end of the week, the piece adds.

CBS filed the request for a restraining order last week, as previously reported, in an effort to block the premiere of “Glass House.” CBS has already sued ABC over the show, alleging copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation.

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