Hackers Leak Eight Episodes of Unaired ABC Show ‘Steve Harvey’s Funderdome’

STEVE HARVEY’S FUNDERDOME - "Episode 103"
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The Dark Overlord is back: The hacker who previously leaked almost the entire fifth season of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” targeted ABC with a new leak Sunday night, apparently releasing eight episodes of the network’s still-unaired show “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” on The Pirate Bay.

“Time to play another round,” the hacker wrote in a note accompanying the release. “We’re following through on our threats as we always do.” The Dark Overlord first threatened to target Disney-owned ABC this past Friday.

“If you prefer your meat bloody, we’re serving it bloody as can be,” the note continued. “We’re bringing another piece from the world of unaired mainstream media content.”

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“Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” is scheduled to premiere on ABC on June 11. The show, which is an MGM Television production that counts Mark Burnett as one of its executive producers, has two entrepreneurs pitching their ideas to a studio audience. Said audience gets to vote on the winner, who then receives seed funding for their business.

Variety wasn’t immediately able to verify the authenticity of the leak. However, details on The Pirate Bay show that the upload consisted of a total of eight video files, with names suggesting that the files are the first eight episodes of the show.

Disney representatives didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

It’s still unclear who the The Dark Overlord actually is, or whether it is even a single person or a group of hackers. We do know that The Dark Overlord has been hacking and then blackmailing companies for a couple of months now. However, until recently, Hollywood wasn’t actually a target of the hacker. Instead, he primarily targeted clinics and medical businesses.

All of that changed when The Dark Overlord was able to break into the network of Larson Studios, a Hollywood-based audio post-production company, late last year. The hacker stole a number of shows and movies from multiple studios during that incident, and initially threatened the post-production vendor directly, demanding ransom payments to not release any of the bounty.

When that failed, The Dark Overlord began to target studios directly, which led to the release of ten “Orange Is the New Black” episodes in late April. A list of shows and movies allegedly stolen by The Dark Overlord included around three dozen titles from multiple studios, including CBS, Fox and NBC. The list also named “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” as one of the affected ABC shows.

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  1. Tonya Brooks says:

    These hackers need to be Caught ASAP!!

  2. Ashley West says:

    I hope they shut Disney down.

  3. bob says:

    You know not many people actually use pirate bay anymore for movies they use streaming services and kodi. I bet if the mainstream media didn’t report on this anybody that was gonna watch in the first place wouldn’t even know this happened. So stop making publicity and it will pass.

  4. mark allen davidson says:

    Oh, the humanity! What next ? Will they release the lost episodes of Bonanza or outtakes by the Fonze?

  5. Chris Viegas says:

    Orange is the New Black: The worst thing that could ever happen to TV show downloaders is taunting them by leaking only 10 of the 13 shows this season

    Steve Harvey’s FunderDome: Hold my beer.

  6. Moose says:

    If you binge-watch, you can hear Steve Harvey say “ain’t” 867 times.

  7. Alma Shumake says:

    Sponsors probably care, but in this world of “RE-RUNS,” no one gives a DARN about early exposure. However, we DO care about theft!

  8. So what? Most of these shows are available the next day on torrent sites. The stuff they’ve stolen I wouldn’t bother even downloading anyway.

  9. Weary Traveller says:

    Still not going to watch it until Steve learns some English grammar. And even then not likely.

    • Bridget says:

      Until Steve Harvey learns proper English grammar you mean? SMH…don’t correct anyone until you learn “some English grammar”

  10. tulsabubba says:

    i hope the six people that watch the shows early really enjoy them.

    this isn’t as big of a deal as many think because not many Variety readers routinely pull shows off of the torrent sites.

  11. Joe says:

    The last thing we need is more religous programming. The BS that you wallow in is only superstition aimed at emptying your wallet. The hatred that you spew is only hatred, not righteousness.

  12. ST says:

    No one would hack religious drivel because nobody actually watches it in the first place, except those who don’t mind getting fleeced by all the criminals preaching it on TV, and those people have no idea how to turn on a computer, let alone search torrent sites.

  13. ST says:

    Agreed that this kind of hacking/leaking will have ZERO impact on viewerships and/or profitability of this show or any other they decide to target. Seriously, how many people even bother with Pirate Bay and Torrent sites any more. Easily a fraction of those who subscribe to streaming/satellite/cable or just plain watch the episodes online for free the next day. In fact, hackers could probably steal, like, 90 per cent of TV shows and share them before they air and they’d still only be benefitting a comparative handful of people who are two cheap to spend a paltry $8 a month for a service or two.

    ABC Disney should be THANKING this self-important clown for the free advertising in articles like this one: I had no idea this show was even a thing. Won’t watch it because I can’t stand Steve Harvey, but hey, at least I’m aware of it now. :D

  14. What we’re going to find out is that none of this will matter a bit to viewership numbers. 99.99% of viewers either don’t know how or won’t risk downloading pirated material. In fact, all of this free publicity probably helps.

  15. Athelstan says:

    This is a great way to expand a non-existent audience. Because of this article people will go and download and watch at least some of it. ABC should thank the hackers.

  16. Make Tacobell Great Again says:

    The people that usually going to pirat anyways are going to pirat no matter what. The people that pay their over priced TV provider and intend to watch it without pirating are going to watch it no matter what.

    It makes no difference if they release the copied pirat videos out early or not. All that means is that the people that usually pirat won’t have to wait so long.
    Besides *caugh* *caugh* most shows are available to be pirated less then 12 hours after the TV show time *caugh* *caugh* *caugh*

    • ST says:

      Yeah, and most of them are available to watch FOR FREE the next day on the websites of the networks that carry them without even having to bother with pirated versions. Can’t believe people still waste time and bandwidth on that crap. IT’S 2017, DUMBASSES!!

  17. Sam says:

    I actually think it is karma for the stunts Steve Harvey pulled with his old team from the Steve Harvey show not saying his show was ending also how he treated his staff. Just because you finally made it big doesn’t me treat others like $hit. You no the saying treat others the way you wish to be treated…..

  18. To the hackers:
    Why are you leaking a show that nobody watches anyway?

  19. Rex Reed says:

    Great publicity for shows that are unknown to the world.

  20. J.j. Erler says:

    Your article is wrong. The hacker did not leak the entire season of Orange is the New Black – only the first 10 episodes as the final 3 were not yet complete so were not available to be stolen.

  21. jack says:

    I would seriously doubt the audience that will watch this show would bother, much less know how, to download these files.

  22. Could someone inform these thieves that expecting Disney to pay for ANYTHING is foolish.

    • First Last says:

      Disney’s entire “Department of Paying Hacker Ransoms” was outsourced to India in 2012. Hackers will need to convert demands to Rupees, microwaved burgers and cool, refreshing beverages.

  23. Time to go back to reel to reel. Hack proof.

  24. semprasectum says:

    So few people are watching these horrible shows, who really cares if they are “leaked”?

  25. J says:

    This show sounds so bad I wonder if this hack is fake just garner some level of interest.

  26. Mike Arvand says:

    Leaks of worthless shows – are worthless leaks.

  27. Danson says:

    Enough of Steve Harvey and his old Amos and Andy “Ain’t that right?” act. There are other very good entertainers out there that can host a show.

  28. Jeff says:

    The real threat isn’t to the studios or content providers. The real threat is to consumers, because if they can hack these files and distribute them for streaming, and the studios/networks don’t pay up, their next step will likely be embedding ransomware into those files. Then, all those suckers who thought they were getting something for nothing will find themselves in technology hell.

    This is also the reason why these hackers are bound to fail, because the average consumer is probably too wary of pirate torrent sites and malicious downloads to visit them in the first place. I know I wouldn’t! So really, if the studios want to stop the hacker in its tracks, all they have to do is plant a well-placed rumor about ransomware hidden in the streaming files…

    • Make Tacobell Great Again says:

      The people that usually going to pirat anyways are going to pirat no matter what. The people that pay their over priced TV provider and intend to watch it without pirating are going to watch it no matter what.

      It makes no difference if they release the copied pirat videos out early or not. All that means is that the people that usually pirat won’t have to wait so long.
      Besides *caugh* *caugh* most shows are available to be pirated less then 12 hours after the TV show time *caugh* *caugh* *caugh*

    • linda says:

      I agree, I’d be afraid to download a hacked file.

      • Jeff says:

        Hadn’t heard about that, Mike… if that news had spread wide, this latest leak wouldn’t even be a blip on the radar.

      • Mike Casey says:

        That already happened! On the last leak they embedded ransomware into the opening credits on the video files. Once your video player hit that marker it would install it. No good comes from downloading movies illegally, so, you kind of deserve it if you do!

      • Danson says:

        Millions are watching hacked files with no problems whatsoever, and will continue to do so. Some do such to spite the douches in TV and Hollywood.

  29. Liam Scanlan says:

    This is why I think “South Park” should do an episode poking fun at the hackers. Just sayin’.

  30. Matrices says:

    LOL. Of all the shows to leak. ABC execs will be dramatically shrugging at this news.

    • Michael Anthony says:

      While true, it’s no loss to many of us, there are plenty of people who enjoy these shoes.
      Secondly, while this may be “minor” in your opinion, the hackers could target highly popular shows and never post them.
      Thirdly, there are economic losses. As this hacking continues, the studios lose money, which could grow significantly. Ultimately leading to a loss of jobs, etc.
      It’s not so funny anymore

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