CBS Looks to Block ‘The Glass House’ with Restraining Order

by | June 7, 2012 at 10:02 PM | RealityTV, TV News

'Big Brother' Star Britney Haynes (Photo: CBS)


CBS, which has already filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit claiming that ABC’s upcoming series “The Glass House” is a knockoff of the network’s own summer tentpole “Big Brother,” is set to up the ante and will file a request for a temporary restraining order designed to stop ABC’s upcoming reality series from airing, according to reports.

With “The Glass House” set to hit the network on June 18, time is running out for CBS to prevent the show from making it to the airwaves. The Hollywood Reporter writes about the legal maneuvering, noting that CBS argues that the new reality series “violates the intellectual property of ‘Big Brother’ and that trade secrets obtained by at least 19 former Big Brother employees are being used to create the new show.” For the record, ABC denies that “The Glass House” is a ripoff, and also believes that CBS can’t claim copyright infringement over a live competition show that hasn’t been created yet.

The move to request an immediate restraining order had been expected as a federal judge is not expected to make a ruling in the lawsuit before June 15.