So how you like them apples, Warner Brothers TV?
One day after the studio filed a $49 million complaint against CBS over the hit comedy “Two and a Half Men,” Gavin Polone has sued the WBTV over “Gilmore Girls.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Polone filed his breach-of-contract suit against WBTV, the now-defunct WB and The CW on Wednesday (Dec. 24) in Los Angeles City Court.
The lawsuit asks for “tens of millions of dollars,” an impressive figure for a show that was never a hit by broadcast network standards.
The trade paper accuses Time Warner-owned WBTV and The WB of “self-dealing” and says the vertically integrated partners “have colluded to defraud the originator of hit ‘Gilmore Girls’ television series with a scheme that rivals the greed and bravado of any story line defendants could script.”
Hufflund/Polone (Polone’s production company with Judy Hofflund) alleges that while “Gilmore Girls” was losing money early in its run, WBTV tinkered with the series’ modified adjusted gross so that after six seasons the show appeared to be in the red by $53 million dollars. The suit says a third-part audit attributed that deficit to below-market licensing fees set by WBTV and improper charges (finding disputed by WBTV in June).