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Mia Maestro Eyes 'Cutthroat'

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 19th 2010 8:45AM
Mia MaestroMia Maestro, formerly of the television show 'Alias,' has been cast in the new ABC television show 'Cutthroat.' The show is about a Beverly Hills widow and soccer mom who doubles as a drug cartel leader. Yes, ABC will be broadcasting their own version of 'Weeds.'

Seriously, the creator of 'Weeds' should consider litigation for copyright infringement. However, there will likely be enough differences between this program and 'Weeds' for any judge to dismiss it. For example, Mary-Louise Parker's character seemed more an "accidental" drug dealer due to circumstances whereas the description of 'Cutthroat' insinuates that Mia Maestro's character is quite intentional in her career choice. There is even a third series on television with a similar theme, AMC's 'Breaking Bad.'

Copycat programming is no stranger to television and has been around for a long time. The biggest example in my mind is 'The Addams Family' and 'The Munsters.' What other programs have been out there that have been copies of one another?

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Yankee gal

Copycat shows shouldn't be the issue here. Really!! Where's the outrage? TV gets more idiotic and irresponsible all the time. Mainstreaming illegal and immoral activity isn't new --shall we just count how many shows do that already?-- but this show seems to be taking it to a horrific new level.
We used to make good guys our heroes. Whatever happened to that? To us? Here's a show that will erode the moral code of this country even more.

March 22 2010 at 8:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
william e rauh

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March 22 2010 at 7:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Taylor has GAY FACE

All of those 1950's/early 60's family shows (Father Knows Best, Leave it to Beaver, My Three Sons, & Ozzie and Harriet) are eerily similar.

The Brady Bunch seems to have been based on the Henry Fonda/Lucille Ball movie "Yours, Mine, & Ours".

I also think that the Brady Bunch & The Partridge Family were a bit alike, especially since the Brady Kids sang on stage in several episodes.

The Flintstones was based on the Honeymooners. Not sure if that's copying or just an "homage".

March 22 2010 at 12:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hank

"Mr. Ed" and "The View"

March 22 2010 at 12:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Josh Anderson

I think of a few

Greys Anatomy is a COPY of Scrubs. Except it is the serious version, seriously though Grey's is about interns at a hospital where one narrates, same thing on Scrubs 4 years before!

The Mentalist is a COPY of Psych. Shawn a fake psychic who has an incredible eye for details helps the police, the guy in the Mentalist was a fake psychic who was really a guy with great attention to details now helps the police.

Psych has even made fun of the fact that they are basically the concept show withing their own show. Psych has been on for 2 full years before the mentalist premiered.

Hate when tv shows do that.

March 21 2010 at 10:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Michelle Lee

Actually they are both copy cats to monk.

March 22 2010 at 3:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Will

Psych and the Mentalist

March 21 2010 at 8:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shannonm93@hotmail.com

Friends and all of its copycats and ER and Chicago Hope.

March 21 2010 at 8:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PB

Bewitched & I dream of Jeannie






March 19 2010 at 10:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

I don't think it's any different than AI and So You Think You Can Dance, or America's Got Talent and...one of those other talent shows. It's a different take on the same concept - Nancy Botwin stumbled into it, but it sounds like this is more about a drug cartel leader who also happens to have a family or something.

March 19 2010 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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