Show's preem may be held up due to injunction
Days before Paramount syndie action hour “Queen of Swords” is scheduled to debut, a development in Los Angeles Superior Court has threatened to halt the sword-wielding heroine in her tracks.Judge Morris B. Jones signed an injunction Thursday ordering defendants — including the show’s producers and distributors, as well as agents who repped the exec producer — to “refrain from airing further episodes of ‘Queen of Swords’ ” unless writer and plaintiff Linda Lukens is given a “created by” credit on the show. Lukens, who was repped by the same lit agency as “Queen” exec producer David Abramowitz, has accused the defendants of misappropriating her work, since she wrote a project “strikingly similar” to “Queen” years ago. A Paramount Television Group spokesman said that the show will go on. “We are appealing the court’s order, which will be stayed, and the show will continue in production and will be distributed,” he said. Exemption for 1st two segs? Par was not able to file an appeal until the order was signed Thursday. And according to court transcripts, due to logistical concerns, the injunction may exempt this weekend’s preem episode, as well as episode two, which is due to be fed to TV stations by satellite on Sunday. “Queen of Swords” is a weekly one-hour series that follows the adventures of a Spanish aristocrat who comes to 19th century California, where she avenges the murder of her father, protects the weak and punishes the unjust. A Fireworks/Morena Films/Amy Intl. production in association with Telefonica and M6, skein is distributed by Paramount Domestic TV in association with Mercury Entertainment. Adam Haight and Jay Firestone are exec producing, along with Abramowitz.
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