CBS vs. ABC: ‘Glass House’ Case Gets Hearing Date

Glass HouseThe network battle over the legality of the forthcoming ABC reality series The Glass House is finally reaching the courtroom.

On Friday, June 8, CBS filed a restraining order against the production and broadcast of The Glass House, which is scheduled to premiere on Monday, June 18. On Tuesday, June 12, ABC replied to CBS’s claims by publishing a document expressing the legitimacy of their program. CBS responded quickly with its own document (you can read a breakdown of both networks’ articles here), refuting ABC’s statements. United States District Judge Gary A. Feess has accepted CBS’ request for a hearing — the suit will take place in court on the morning of Friday, June 15.

Among CBS’ claims against The Glass House are that it copies the network’s original reality series Big Brother, as well as serves as a violation against the use of said show’s trade secrets, as former Big Brother producer Kenny Rosen is a creative force behind The Glass House.

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.