Glass House will air; judge “not persuaded” CBS will win

ABC’s The Glass House will debut Monday as scheduled, as a judge has denied CBS’s request for a temporary restraining order to stop the broadcast of the series. Worse for CBS’ lawsuit, the judge said he was “not persuaded” CBS will win if it goes to trial, because Big Brother‘s format probably can’t be copyrighted.

The Los Angeles Times reports that “Judge Gary Feess refused to grant CBS’ request for an injunction against Glass House that would have delayed the premiere. … The judge went further, saying from the bench that he was ‘not persuaded’ that CBS would prevail in its claims during the trial and that the premise behind ‘Big Brother’ could not be copyrighted.”

That won’t stop CBS, though. The network said in a statement that “we fully intend to proceed with our claims against Disney/ABC for copyright infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets over ‘The Glass House,’ which may still warrant more injunction proceedings depending on the content of each episode.”

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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