There’s almost a little bit of irony with the following story. With the finale of “The Glass House” airing Monday, CBS has decided to end some of its litigation over what it claims to be a “Big Brother” rip-off at the same exact time.
In a statement, the network confirmed the news by saying the following:
“The viewers have spoken and delivered the ultimate form of justice against The Glass House. As a result, we filed in federal court this morning a voluntary dismissal without prejudice of our claims against ABC. The contract and trade secrets claims against former Big Brother producers for violating their confidentiality agreements will continue separately in arbitration. We reserve the right to re-file this claim against ABC/The Glass House, or any other entity, that goes to such shocking lengths to duplicate our copyright material.”
In other words, the utter failure of ABC to produce a successful show here has caused the plaintiffs to decide that it is no longer worth the trouble to go after the show as a whole. Now that we’ve seen almost the entirety of “The Glass House,” there are arguments when it comes to it being a “Big Brother” clone when it comes to the concept of locking people in a house and having live feeds. There are also some differences when it comes to the format and the challenges, and occasionally a few of them even work out better than what we see on the CBS show in terms of creativity (see the excellent dollhouse challenge from last week). There was no sense with CBS continuing to attack publicly what was a sinking ship here, mostly because it was not helping in terms of publicity. Ratings for “Big Broher 14” are down significantly from last summer though you could argue that a cheesy twist and a so-so cast are reasons for that just as much as anything else.
Do you think it was the right move to just end the part of the suit against the show? If you want to check out some live feed spoilers for the “Glass House” finale, be sure and read the story here.