The season premiere of ABC’s “The Glass House” is just over a week away, and we still don’t honestly know whether or not the show is going to make it to air. A legal battle has been raging for weeks now between the network and CBS over whether or not the show is a blatant rip-off of “Big Brother,” and a last-minute injunction could potentially lead to a ruling before June 18 even rolls around.
At midnight, CBS filed new paperwork asking for the case to be heard quickly on the basis that this show (which contains several former “Big Brother” staffers including executive producer Kenny Rosen) is infringing on its intellectual property; however, ABC is now asking for the judge to reject this motion as “ridiculous,” and is trying to merely proclaim that CBS is using intimidation in order to get their way when it comes to this show. They already have argued that many of these “Big Brother” staffers worked with Rosen on another reality show in “Hell’s Kitchen,” and that there are significant differences in the format (which you can read about here) that make the idea of this case simply frivolous.
While it is hard to deny that there are some similarities present between the two shows, the odds of any major move happening here to block the show seems unlikely. Why? Just look at precedent. CBS was in the past unable to block “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!” on the basis that it was a “Survivor” clone, and last year a show with huge “Amazing Race” similarities in “Expedition Impossible” aired on ABC without any real protests.
Stay tuned — we will have more on this case in the weeks ahead as we near the show’s premiere.