Canuck judge puts bite on TBS’ ‘Love’

Court finds in favor of skein creator Lepage

A Quebec judge has ordered TBS to pull “Love Bites,” adapted from Quebec writer-producer Guy A. Lepage’s Canuck hit “Un gars, une fille,” after Lepage complained that American producer JWTwo Entertainment usurped his creative control.

The original, a half-hour sitcom about a thirtysomething couple starring Lepage, has been exported to more than 20 countries.

The TBS version, adapted for the U.S. by Paul Reiser and his Nuance Prods., was reformatted into 65 2½-minute episodes, which Lepage alleges are just promotional vehicles for Sunsilk hair products.

Lepage alleges a contract guaranteed he would see the show before it debuted Sept. 13 on TBS. But he and the show’s Quebec producer, Avanti, received copies of the first episodes on Sept. 22, according to court documents.

The Injunction was approved against JWTwo Entertainment, a division of multinational advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, by Judge Kirkland Casgrain in Montreal’s Superior Court last Wednesday and runs until 5 p.m. Friday.

According to the court documents, JWTwo Entertainment argues Lepage and Avanti were informed about the content of the show and approved everything at the beginning of the year.

None of the players could be reached for comment.

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