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Ex-Laker Wife, Angela Wilder Suing The Talk Claiming She Pitched A Talker On Motherhood!

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Here we go again!  There is always someone in Hollywood who comes out of the woodwork and claims that a television series, a recording, or major motion picture that has made it to the big-time was not the original idea or concept of those who found fame and fortune with the final product.  Sometimes, they are found to be completely false allegations and sometimes they could be true.  And now CBS’ hit afternoon series, The Talk is unfortunately under some fire from none other than former Los Angeles Laker hall-of-famer James Worthy’s, ex-wife!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Angelia Wilder (Ex-wife of Worthy) is claiming in a new lawsuit that CBS’ The Talk was stolen from her idea about a show revolving around a community of women, including celebrities, who talk about the common bond of motherhood.

Apparently she claims in 2006, she created a treatment called “The Mothers’ Hood,” which she registered with the WGA. The idea was to create a TV show for mothers to watch and feel like someone was listening to their day-to-day problems and issues. Wilder says that she used her industry contacts in 2008 to set up a pitch meeting with Holly Jacobs, executive VP reality and syndication programming at Sony Television. Jacobs rejected her pitch, purportedly telling her that “stay-at-home mothers are a depressed group of people who would have absolutely no interest in watching a show about their own depressing lives,” according to the suit.

Then The Talk came out. The show is produced by CBS Television Studios and RelativityReal and features Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler discussing the day’s headlines, often from a parent’s perspective. The concept has been credited to Gilbert, but Wilder says it can be traced back to her idea she pitched to Sony. So Wilder has filed a lawsuit in California federal court, and in doing so, she demonstrates why it’s not so easy to win on a stolen-idea claim. Ten years ago, a plaintiff like Wilder might have asserted copyright infringement directly against the producers of the allegedly ripped-off show. But plaintiffs are beginning to learn that copyright only protects substantially similar expression, and judges tend to impose a high bar and toss such claims at an early stage.

Nowadays, sophisticated plaintiffs are more likely to allege a “breach of implied contract” claim on the theory that when an idea is shared, there’s an expectation that payment will be rendered if the idea is used later. It’s not always a winnable claim, but at least the plaintiff has a shot.  But if Wilder pitched to Sony and then CBS made the show, what hope does she have in pursuing a lawsuit over any implied contract she had? That’s the question that will be central to her new suit.

The complaint refers to Jacobs’ “very close ties” to RelativityReal head Tom Forman and CBS. The lawsuit also talks about Sony’s global distribution deal with RelativityReal and alleges that “CBS had direct and easy access to Wilder’s treatment and her confidential intellectual property while they were in the development stage of The Talk.”

Wilder now is suing Sony for breaching the implied deal she had by allegedly “assisting others in producing and distributing The Talk” without compensating her. She also alleges Sony breached a duty of confidence by violating an allegedly standard practice in Hollywood of accepting pitches and treatments for TV shows with strict confidentiality.

Wilder also is suing CBS and RelativityReal for tortious interference, unfair competition and civil conspiracy. The defendants, she says, “intended to induce Sony to breach its contract by taking Wilder’s confidential and original work and exploiting it for their own gains when they produced and distributed The Talk.”

CBS’ statement on the whole incident:  “It’s one thing to get sued over a project that was pitched to us but quite a stretch to be sued over a pitch that was made to somebody else. Ms. Wilder’s alleged offering to Sony played absolutely no part in the creation of The Talk. We’ll vigorously defend this case and expect to prevail.”

So what do you think of Wilder’s claim?  It would seem thatThe Talk  should be safe from this one! This appears to be quite a stretch from the former Basketball wife!

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MK
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MK

So…They canned WORLD TURNS for nothing?

susan M.
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susan M.

No Comment………………..

susan M.
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susan M.

No comment on this issue..I NEVER WATCH THE TALK!!!! This has no interest for me……….

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

We don’t know the situation-we’ll just have to see what happens

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

This could be specious, or this could be the catalyst to get this junk off our screens-and get Oakdale back where it belongs

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I have watched the show and I never once had the impression the show was about motherhood or talking about things that are important to mothers. If anything I always thought this show was a View wanna-be/clone. The talk-show format is so generic they are all the same in some regard. I hope this case is thrown out of court, but unfortunately this woman is getting her 15 minutes of fame by filing it. So sad.

Winona
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Winona

I worked copyright at Sony Pictures some years back. All I can say is that they are fierce at keeping their intellectual property rights (those rights they have paid others for). Being a stay-at-home mom to two, I really take offense to the alleged words from Mr. Jacobs at Sony. Stay-at-home mothers are anything but depressed. What a terrible thing to say. At least when I worked at Sony they were extremely family friendly in my department. As for Ms. Wilder and any others that pitch ideas to studios, they should have lawyers or something to back their claims and… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Win she gets money or by settlement she will get money .
Seems like it will a win win situation ..

Michael
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Michael

Eh! This woman’s lawsuit won’t get past the front door of the court house.

Jared
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Jared

We just live in a litigious, selfish, self entitled nation infested with people on the take for what they can get for nothing. Doesn’t this individual already have enough for being married to a professional athlete? A show like The Mindless Chatter isn’t so creative or such an original idea that it warrants a lawsuit. The real lawsuit should be against whoever thought it was a good idea to cancel an iconic show like AS THE WORLD TURNS for this crap.

Lew S
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Lew S

It is called 15 minutes of fame.

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Cameron Mathison and Alison Sweeney Team Up Again for Hallmark’s Hannah Swensen Mystery

Are Cameron Mathsion and Alison Sweeney the two busiest stars on the planet? Now comes word that the two actors are off filming the next Hannah Swensen Mystery for Hallmark Channel this week in Vancouver.

Previously, Mathison and Sweeney appeared together in the Murder, She Baked movies.  Now, they will reprise their roles of Mike Kingston and Hannah Svensen in the movie that will appear this summer on Hallmark’s Movie and Mysteries.  Former One Life to Live star, Barbara Niven (Ex-Liz) also reprises her role of Hannah’s mother, Delores Swensen.

In the new mystery, Hannah (Sweeney) and Mike Kingston (Mathison) enjoy finally being engaged while still managing their busy careers. However, a murder at Hannah’s gym may complicate their wedding plans as Hannah’s need for sleuthing again impact’s Mike’s investigation.

The Hannah Swenson Mysteries are produced by Alison Sweeney, Craig Baumgarten and Lighthouse Pictures.

In addition, Alison is currently front and center in story on Days of our Lives as Sami, and Cameron is set to make his Port Charles debut over the summer on General Hospital.

Sweeney shared in a statement, “I’m so excited to revisit Hannah Swensen and to again work with Cameron and Barbara on these fun stories that combine romance with intrigue,  The fans have been so vocal in their love of these characters and it’s exciting to be bringing them back to life and to return to Hannah’s bakery where it all began.”

So, will you be checking out Cameron and Alison in the new Hannah Swensen Mystery? Comment below.

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THE BACHELORETTE: Katie Thurston Meets the Men in New Promo for Summer Season

It’s hard to believe its’ time for a new season of The Bachelorette, given all the torrid headlines of the franchise with last season, and the drama at The Bachelor.

But now comes the latest promo for Katie Thurston’s attempt at love as she meets the men vying for the final rose in the all-new reality competition debuting this summer on Monday, June 7th. (8 pm. ET/PT)

Twenty-nine men start off the season, and upon first look we wonder who you think might be in the running and who is already going to be shown the front door and stuffed inside a limo, only to be left in tears.

Katie was known for her brash, sassy, self in last season’s The Bachelor, which landed her in the lead role for the summer series.

Check out ABC’s “Meet Katie Thurston’s Men’ promo below.

Then let us know, if you will be watching this season’s new Bachelorette, where often there is more soapy drama off the screen and behind-the-scenes, then in front of the cameras, via the comment section,

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‘This Is Us’ Star Justin Hartley and Y&R Alum Sofia Pernas are Married

After they stepped out together at Sunday night’s 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards, speculation was rampant that former Y&R stars, Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas, were actually married as they both we wearing wedding rings on their wedding fingers.

Well, that has turned out to be true! According to a source, who confirmed to PEOPLE.com, the duo are happily in love and were ‘recently’ married.

Sofia played Marisa Sierras on The Young and the Restless from 2014-2015, while Hartley played Adam Newman from 2014-2016, before joining NBC’s This Is Us as Kevin Pearson.

Both Hartley and Pernas relationship apparently began last year, when they went public with it on New Year’s Eve.

Hartley had been previously married to Selling Sunset and DAYS, Y&R and AMC star, Chrishell Stause, and before that to former Passions star, Lindsay Korman, with whom he shares a daughter.

Send your well-wishes and congrats to Justin and Sofia via the comment section below.

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