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30 Suspiciously Similar TV Shows Accused Of Ripping Off Another Series

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Ray Donovan

Showtime

Screenwriter Brian Larsen met with a Showtime executive in 2014 and pitched a show called The Swissman. It followed a middle-aged “fixer” who had a bad relationship with his father and a troublemaker for a brother. He also constantly dealt with the moral dilemma of whether he should just do his job or do the right thing. So when Ray Donovan, which has almost the exact same concept, made its debut on Showtime, Brian filed a lawsuit.

He sued the network for breach of implied contract and breach of confidence. He also sought more than $25,000 for unspecified damages and requested that the show get pulled off the air. But he unfortunately didn’t get his wish, as his show is still a major success.

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