The reality-show lawsuits continue, and it looks like Fox has been naughty again.
A group of four people has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court that claims Fox Broadcasting, Dick Clark Productions, Martin Erlichman Associates, and American Idol production company 19 Entertainment stole their idea for the hit Fox reality show So You Think You Can Dance.
The suit, obtained by Web site TMZ, claims that the group of four plaintiffs, John Cassese, Mark Wolfe, Maria Lamagra, and Brian Nelson, came up with the idea for So You Think You Can Dance and registered it with the Writers Guild of America in May 2003. In July of that year, the four met with Martin Erlichman Associates to pitch the show around Hollywood, with the plaintiffs attached as writers, directors, and producers.
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The big chill that blew through reality TV this summer is starting to look like a deep freeze.
Nearly every returning entry in the once white-hot genre is either flat or down among the broadcasters in prime time. Even unscripted's most reliable war horse, CBS's Survivor, is flagging, down 19 percent in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic in the first three weeks of the year versus either the same period last year or the entire run.
Meanwhile, the few new unscripted entries on the schedule, including NBC's Three Wishes, are finding little traction with viewers. Although no one is prepared to write the genre's obituary any time soon, the downturn reflects the advancing age of many franchises and the shortage of up-and-coming properties to replace them.
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Nanny 911 is a new unscripted series that follows a team of nannies armed with the dos and don'ts of child-rearing. Each nanny has a specific area of expertise, ranging from proper etiquette to controlling temper tantrums, and all are ready to help exhausted parents tackle the issues creating chaos in their home and whip their families into tip-top shape. (FOX's press release)moreless