We're moving Forums to the Community pages. Click here for more information and updates.

Dr. Seuss forces ABC to change show name

It's not often that a show gets a critic before it even airs (Cavemen an exemption), but a new comedy from ABC set to debut this fall has already become one celebrity's target.

The estate of children's book author Dr. Seuss has taken exception to the show's name, Sam I Am, saying the title is lifted from the author's "Green Eggs and Ham," reports Variety.

The show stars Christina Applegate (Married With Children) as a woman who suffers from amnesia. When she wakes up, she has no recollection of her past but quickly realizes that she was not at all nice to others. Henceforth, she tries to be good.

In Green Eggs and Ham, the phrase "Sam I Am" is repeated frequently by the narrator, who at first despises the off-color breakfast grub.

Apparently confident that Chuck Berry won't file any legal claims, ABC has renamed the show Samantha Be Good.

Comments (23)
Submit
Sort: Latest | Popular
I agree with Agreb91 because it wouldn't be right to title the show Sam I Am when Samantha has amnesia; it's better to call it Samantha Who? because when someone calls to Samantha, she would automatically reply "Samantha Who? I think it fits well with the storyline.
Reply
Flag
And now it's called Samantha Who? the worth of the tree...
Reply
Flag
"To borisbalinkoff - No, not if you say it in public. Only if you try to make money off of it. Seriously. Read the eBay rules some time." :roll: To quote Charlie Brown, "Don't you know sarcasm when you hear it?" And what does eBay have to do with it?
Reply
Flag
At least its not Lady Be Good.Isnt that the name of a song?Dont ask me who wrote it though.
Reply
Flag
it will get cancled
Reply
Flag
I'm surprised that the Estate made a move that didn't involve financial gain at the expense of the license. This particular Estate has done a terrible job of protecting the creative integrity of the various licenses associated with Dr. Seuss. Proof is in the bad live action remakes that only occurred after the death of the Doc.
Reply
Flag
This is kind of lame because “Sam I Am” is too short and generic, like “You’re Fired”; you can’t copyright things like that.

ABC should just change the name to “Sam, I Am”. ;)
Reply
Flag
Proman I am ;) !
Reply
Flag
Doesn't the estate have better things to do than worry about what shows call themselves?
Reply
Flag
I completely agree with the Estate.
Reply
Flag
I like this title better than Sam I Am! :)
Reply
Flag
I wasn't gonna watch this show anyway.
Reply
Flag
To borisbalinkoff - No, not if you say it in public. Only if you try to make money off of it. Seriously. Read the eBay rules some time.



And this probably killed the four people who might have actually watched this show. Oh well.
Reply
Flag
Is that completely necessary?
Reply
Flag
I'm not sure if this went to court that the estate would have won.
Reply
Flag
what does it say about the show that they go from the already used title to title based off a song, sounds like an original show to me. how good can the writers actually be, sounds like it will be the same old retread, the estate should have just let it run its 5 episode and canceled course.
Reply
Flag
you would think that abc would have checked with the estate before taking sam i am
Reply
Flag
Dr. Suess does deserve to do this.
Reply
Flag
I'm surprised they didn't change it to My Name is Girl.
Reply
Flag
I like the other title....but that's because it's familiar. You know they took it from his book, so they should at least have asked his permission first. I mean, it's not like it was "Dan I Am" or something...it's a direct line.



Good for him for standing up for what is rightfully his!

Kas
Reply
Flag
I think the title makes more sense now.
Reply
Flag
I wasn't going to watch it, but it seems pretty selfish for the estate to dislike the name. If I say it in public, are they going to sue me?
Reply
Flag
ooo not that I was going to watch it but I really liked the other title much better!
Reply
Flag

Like TV.com on Facebook