CBS Fires Latest Shots In ABC-'The Glass House' War
To summarize loosely, CBS believes that if ABC has a problem with CBS's roadblocks against ABC's programming, then the Disney-owned network should've pondered that before allegedly ripping off CBS's longtime "Big Brother" localization and making the evidence they'd done so disappear.
Allegedly, of course.
"The clear theft and use of CBS's material, coupled with the admitted destruction of emails, clearly warrants a [temporary restraining order] at this stage," the reply reads. "And ABC's protestations that injunctive relief would harm their business are of no moment because any harm is of their own making..."
"The Glass House" was to premiere June 18, featuring a cast of 14 people living together in competition for a $250,000 grand prize, with viewers backing each's choice horse online and via social media platforms with a vote-off format.
Just for the sake of argument, here's the "Big Brother" premise as described by IMDB: "Contestants must compete against each other for a chance to win $500,000 in a house wired with cameras and microphones, capturing their every move for a TV and Internet audience."
ABC representatives claim the network has laid out roughly $16 million promoting the series as a key part of its summer lineup. That being said, the network has argued, there's much to lose if "The Glass House" can't proceed as planned.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but CBS reiterated the stance that ABC's lost outlays over getting busted allegedly knocking off CBS's prized reality franchise aren't CBS's problem.
"Defendants offer a supposed parade of horribles if 'Glass House' is not allowed to air. But Defendants miss the most important point: any harm to ABC is a direct result of ABC's own illegal conduct and so should not bar injunctive relief," CBS's response filing said.