“Glass House” fans (however many of you are out there), you no longer have any reason to fear about CBS being able to pull your show off of the air. In a ruling on Friday that served as a follow-up to the one last week, Judge Gary Feess officially ruled that the ABC reality show will not be subject to a restraining order due to similarities between it and the “Big Brother” franchise.
As significant as this ruling may be to people in the future who plan shows loosely “inspired” by others, it does not mean that the battle between the two networks is over. CBS could still win a lawsuit over the show in other ways, which could lead to producers for this show (many of whom originally being from “Big Brother”) having to pay something back to their former employer.
The real truth here, though, is that as hard as ABC fought for “Glass House,” it is looking more and more like a bona fide failure. Its premiere ratings (which included a 1.2 in the 18-49 demographic) were simply atrocious, and it hasn’t really picked up much buzz since courtesy of some absolutely dreadful “live feeds” that are really just people pandering in one room for an hour. We anticipate their being a decent drop in the week two ratings now that the hype is gone, and “Glass House” will be lucky to even finish out the season. (It certainly won’t be back for more next summer.)
CBS has already done everything it can to derail the show using its own resources — whether it be by scheduling repeats of “The Big Bang Theory” (its strongest show in re-airings) up against it or by issuing press releases claiming that it is going to launch a new series entitled “Dancing On the Stars.”
Do you think that the lack of success for “The Glass House” really renders this suit useless at this point, or is it still fascinating to you?