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Luftu Murat Uckardesler, creator of the Turkish series Perfect Bride, is trying to block the premiere of Momma’s Boy tonight because they’re accusing Ryan Seacrest and NBC Universal of stealing the format. I personally haven’t seen the series Turkish Bride, but after seeing their website, their formats look identical. Here is the Perfect Bride website, you tell me.
In Momma’s Boy’s defense, formats are re-used all the time…it’s like saying, you’ll sue someone if they have an elimination show because it’s too close to Survivor. But most of the time, enough of the show has to be tweaked in order to get away with lifting a format without having to pay for it (i.e. the Surreal LIfe). In Ryan Seacrest’s case, it does look pretty close. I think worst case scenario will be that NBC and Ryan Seacrest’s company will have to pay out the Turkish company, and then they can all call it a day.
**Update: The federal judge tossed the lawsuit against Ryan, so he’s in the clear