CBS decides that ABC's Big Brother rip-off isn't even worth dignifying with a lawsuit

CBS decides that ABC's Big Brother rip-off isn't even worth dignifying with a lawsuit

Although CBS spent more than a month arguing that ABC's Glass House was nothing but a formulaic, repetitive rehash—and ABC arguing in turn that all reality TV is nothing but a formulaic, repetitive rehash, followed by a deep sigh of ennui—CBS has dropped its lawsuit over ABC's Big Brother copycat, saying it was no longer interested in pursuing a case against a show no one is watching anyway. "The viewers have spoken and delivered the ultimate form of justice against The Glass House," CBS said in a statement, gloating over the low ratings for a series that likely would have escaped all viewer attention had CBS not made such a huge deal about it in the first place, and which certainly have less to do with "justice" than general apathy about watching another one of these things. Nevertheless, the network also added that it will continue to pursue separate arbitration with the ex-Big Brother producers who allegedly stole "trade secrets" for use on Glass House, such as the top-secret strategy of using cameras to capture the arguments of extroverted strangers forced to share a living space, rather than having pleasant, shy people live comfortably in their own homes and then rendering them in pastels. That was their idea.