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Griffin's Production Company To Be Sued Over Gameshow

6 May 2008 5:17 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Late comedy legend Merv Griffin's production company has been accused of stealing an idea for the Merv Griffin's Crosswords gameshow.

In a lawsuit filed at Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, George Giangrante claims he came up with a crossword puzzle game show back in 1995 with "a 'double-cross' feature that allowed an opposing player to take all of another player's money with one correct answer, and thus, knock him or her out of contention".

Giangrante claims he pitched the show to Griffin's production firm in 2001 and "the late Merv Griffin was particularly interested in a crossword game show".

The suit seeks unspecified damages.

Griffin died last August at the age of 82 after a long battle with prostate cancer. »

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