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CBS threatens ABC over upcoming reality series

Associated Press Modified: May 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm •  Published: May 4, 2012
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS is hoping a legal warning shot shatters rival network ABC's plans for its reality show "The Glass House."

Attorneys for CBS sent ABC executives a letter Friday warning that "The Glass House" is "strikingly" similar to CBS' show "Big Brother." The network notes that ABC may be benefiting from the fact that 18 former "Big Brother" staffers and executives are now working on the planned ABC show.

"Glass House" would feature contestants who are constantly filmed and eliminated from a home they share, and viewers will be able to influence many of their actions, according to a description of the series released Monday. "Big Brother," which has aired on CBS since 2000, has similar features.

Attorneys for CBS noted that the former "Big Brother" staffers now working on the show, including "Glass House" Executive Producer Kenny Rosen, all signed nondisclosure agreements and are likely violating them by working on the new series.

"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," says the letter that was sent to ABC and later obtained by The Associated Press and other news outlets.

ABC had no comment on CBS' allegations.

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