ABC has until 5 p.m. Monday to file an objection to CBS' requested temporary restraining order over new "Big Brother"-like reality series
It's crunch time for ABC and its upcoming "Big Brother"-like reality show "Glass House."
Federal judge Gary Feess shot down ABC's effort to delay CBS' temporary restraining order against "Glass House" on Friday, ruling that ABC has until 5 p.m. Monday to file any opposition to the restraining order.
CBS filed for its restraining order to block ABC from airing the series on Friday. ABC responded with an application to reschedule the briefing schedule and hearing on CBS's TRO application shortly thereafter.
However, Judge Feess sided with CBS.
CBS sued ABC last month, claiming that "Glass House" bears a little too much resemblance to "Big Brother," noting that numerous former employers from "Big Brother" are working on the new series and suggesting that they used proprietary information to develop "Glass House."
In the suit, CBS is asking that ABC and the other defendants be enjoined from using CBS' confidential information and surrender all copyrighted material and trade secrets they may have. The network is also asking for $500,000 each from the former "Big Brother" employees for allegedly breaching their confidentiality agreements, plus undisclosed damages, attorneys' fees and court costs.
ABC has denied that "Glass House" is a copycat series.
"We believe there is no merit to this lawsuit," the network said in a statement provided to TheWrap last month. "The differences between 'Glass House' and 'Big Brother' are both fundamental and obvious, ranging from 'Glass House's' interactive elements and audience participation to its deployment of cutting edge technologies."
"Glass House" is scheduled to premiere on June 18. For now, anyway.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.