Wednesday, July 7, 2010

USA network's Royal Rip off

The Force apparently wasn't with "Star Wars" actor Hayden Christensen when he pitched an idea for a new TV series to the USA Network.

The Canadian-born star and his older brother yesterday filed suit in Manhattan federal court against the cable outfit, charging that it stole their idea for a comedic drama about a "concierge" doctor who makes house calls to the rich and famous.
The brothers claim that USA's "Royal Pains" -- which is in its second season -- is a shameless rip-off of "Housecall," which they offered to the NBC subsidiary in 2005.

The Christensens claim a USA exec told them "that, prior to learning about 'Housecall,' he was unaware of concierge doctors and that he thought it was a fascinating idea."
A USA spokeswoman declined to comment.

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