Wife Swap sues FOX’s Trading Spouses.

Wife Swap sues FOX’s Trading Spouses.
Producers of ABC’s and the UK’s Wife Swap have finally sued FOX for its knock-off series Trading Spouses. RDF Media says FOX’s version is a “blatant and wholesale copycat.” The creator of the series, Stephen Lambert, told the New York Times that “this is the most clear-cut case of copyright theft in the history of the reality genre.” But as the newspaper notes, “previous litigation in the field left considerable doubt that any successful judgment could be reached against a network that produced a show similar to an existing one, as long as some elements had been changed.” And “[m]any network executives and producers in the reality genre have said they had given up hope of ever being able to protect original ideas.” FOX, of course, had no comment on the lawsuit.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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