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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.

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