Survivor brand owners plan legal action over celebrity “Survivor.”

Survivor brand owners plan legal action over celebrity “Survivor.”
The UK’s I’m a Celebrity–Get Me Out of Here!–which will come to the U.S. on ABC next year–wasn’t called Survivor, but the owners of Castaway Productions, the company that owns the rights to the format, “are now attempting to sue” the company that produced the celebrity show, the BBC reports. Castaway says that the celebrity show “contained many of the same elements” as Survivor, including stranding people in a remote location with only rice and water, and having them be voted off the show. “Survivor took many years to develop, a process costing hundreds of thousands of pounds,” the producers said. Earlier, Castaway sued Endemol over Big Brother, claiming that show was similar to Survivor.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

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Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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