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Modern Lawsuit Filed Against Modern Family

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We HOPE this isn't true, ABC.

Modern Family, which premieres its second season on Wednesday, is in the midst of a lawsuit filed by Martin Alexander, who claims that defendants "illegally copied and/or created" the show based on his "copyrighted work."

In the complaint he filed, he described a pilot he wrote, Loony Ben, which is VERY similar to Modern Family. Here's what the complaint said about it:

"Mr. Alexander began circulating [his] work throughout Hollywood and Los Angeles, California and in New York, submitting it to agents, producers, directors, production companies, networks, network executives, and contests."

One point that seems to make his case increasingly legitimate is the fact that in 2006, he filed a proposed cast list with the U.S. Copyright office, which included Sofia Vergara. Here are the details:

"…includes obscure actress Sofia Vergara as the stunningly beautiful, fiery, temperamental, Latina mother, with a thick accent, who's in love with a Caucasian man and always makes him do the right thing, especially where her son is concerned."

That does seem a bit uncanny, we've got to admit.

Here's a further list of similarities between Modern Family and Alexander's show:

"-focus on a non-traditional family
-a relationship between two gay men who are married, one gay male is heavyset, the other is height-weight proportional
-a heterosexual couple consisting of a Caucasian male and a Latino female with an age disparity
-a lawyer who graduated from Columbia Law School
-an Asian female with Caucasian parents
-a minor child who is a Latino male with a Caucasian father
-a character from Cleveland, Ohio
-an outsider, a non-family member to whom the lead character bears his soul"

Defendants in Alexander's lawsuit include ABC, CBS Broadcasting, Disney Enterprises, Fox Entertainment Group, Blockbuster, Amazon.com, IMDB.com, Keith Murdoch, Apple, Hulu, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd and Picture Day Productions.

Do U think Modern Family was stolen?

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12 comments to “Modern Lawsuit Filed Against Modern Family

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  2. 2

    It happens all the time. Nothing would surprise me when it comes to Hollywood scumbags.

  3. 3

    Yes. Pay the man.

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  5. 5

    My question is: Why do the original writers wait soooo long to file suit? Is it to scrounge enough money together to sue? Or is it that they wait and see if the show is even successfull so they can claim more damages in the suit? I wonder…

  6. 6

    Yes, Modern Family is a stolen idea, I hope he sues the fuck out of ABC. A majority of the positions of power in Hollywood are held by people with no talent and no morals, so most of what we see is stolen ideas from someone talented who didn't receive a penny. I live here and it's happened to many of friends who are writers and directors, you can't share any ideas, it's sickening.

  7. rev3 says – reply to this



    my prayers are with this talented writer

  8. 8

    sure sounds like it!

  9. 9

    Sure does look thata way!

  10. 10

    why did they wait so long is what i wanna know? wanna get as much money for bullshit?

  11. 11

    Yes, wouldn't be that surprising. Guarantee an out of court settlement will pop up in a few months time.

  12. J W says – reply to this


    can you say 'OOOOOPS' !!