CBS absurdly claims Glass House is similar because it has a gay player, et cetera

CBS is moving forward with its lawsuit against ABC and The Glass House, even though ABC thought the lawsuit was over, and has filed papers that make even more absurd arguments than before. Previously, the network claimed that parts of every reality show were unique to Big Brother.

The lawsuit now says that “Glass House employs the same plot, themes, mood, setting, pace, characters, dialogue, sequence of events and other concrete elements making up Big Brother,” and The Associated Press reports that CBS’ amended complaint has added the following similarities: “‘obligatory older’ and ‘openly gay’ player, ‘showmances’ as a plot element and ‘generally comfortable, cloistered house’ environments.”

Please! The Real World pre-dated Big Brother by almost a decade and pioneered the “comfortable, cloistered house” thing, never mind the “openly gay” thing. And CBS does not need to be taking credit for its casting, since it makes The Real World‘s typecasting seem like a model of diversity.

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.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


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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