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But wouldn’t this mean she would have to prove that INXS is well known? I’m not sure that’s so true anymore…

inxs.jpgMark Burnett is one of the reality TV uber-producers. He’s sorta’ the granddaddy of competitive reality TV, as he brought “Survivor” to us back in the summer of 2000. He’s also responsible for “The Apprentice” and “The Contender.” But what’s important for the purpose of this story is that he was the exec-producer of both versions of CBS’ “Rockstar” - first it was “Rock Star: INXS,” which was actually fairly entertaining, and then “Rock Star: Supernova,” which wasn’t quite so good.

Anyway, Burnett and CBS have been sued over “Rock Star: INXS” by Sharlene Sullivan, who says they stole her idea. Sullivan claims that she actually came up with the idea for a show called “Rock Star,” and registered a synopsis with the Writers Guild of America. The idea of her show was that “lead vocalists for rock bands would compete and would be judged by well known musicians/rock stars.”

In the lawsuit, Sullivan claims she shared the idea with several industry people connected with both Mark Burnett and the rock band INXS. After receiving initial interest from those parties, Sullivan claims she was told to “abandon the project” and “write an unrelated treatment regarding transvestites.”

She contends that when Mark Burnett came out with “Rock Star: INXS” he knew about her show, so she wants him and the network to pay up, to the tune of $2 million.

Putting aside the fact that this lawsuit is dubious, at best, let’s back up for a second. “An unrelated treatment regarding transvestites.” So does that mean she’s going to be suing the CW next over “Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll,” its latest reality show?

…huh? The Pusscat Doll’s aren’t trannies? Really? I beg to differ: