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Judge says he's unlikely to block ABC show 'Glass House' from airing

This June 2012 photo released by ABC shows a sitting area for "The Glass House," an interactive real-time reality competition, where 14 contestants will live and compete for a quarter million dollars. The series, which relies on audience participation, premieres Monday, June 18, on ABC. CBS is asking a federal judge to block the ABC series because they claim it closely copies “Big Brother” and is using secrets that former staffers gleaned from the longtime reality competition show. A federal judge has set a hearing on CBS’ motion for Friday, June 15 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ABC, Nicole Wilder)
June 15, 2012 - 2:38 PM

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A federal judge says he is inclined to allow ABC to air the premiere of its new reality series "The Glass House" over the objections of rival network CBS.

U.S. District Judge Gary Feess said Friday he was not immediately persuaded that CBS had proved it would be harmed if the new show aired.

CBS had sought an injunction, claiming "Glass House" violated its copyrights and trade secrets.

Feess disagreed, saying he thinks CBS is trying to protect generic elements inherent in reality TV.

The judge says he doesn't think his tentative decision will change but he'll take another look at the issues after hearing arguments Friday morning.

"Glass House" is scheduled to premiere Monday night.

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