30 Suspiciously Similar TV Shows Accused Of Ripping Off Another Series
Two aspiring TV writers, R. Byron Hord and Curtis Scoon, wrote a pilot script for a show called Dangerous in 2009. They gave a copy to several entertainment executives and 50 Cent eventually gained access to it, but no one ever got back to them. Still, when Power premiered on Starz, they noticed that it was very similar to their pitch. They sued 50 Cent and in their lawsuit, they described their script as an “African-American protagonist’s work as a drug dealer and subsequent attempts to launder his money and then ‘go legit.'”
Unfortunately for R. Byron and Curtis, the case got dismissed and the judge ruled that common elements could also be seen in shows like Empire, Breaking Bad, Weeds, and American Gangster.