Two writers have sued Steven Bochco, alleging that his television series “City of Angels” is based on their script and treatment.
Also named as defendants are CBS Entertainment and actor Michael Warren.
In their suit, filed Thursday in L.A. Superior Court, Jerome and Laurie Metcalf (no relation to the actress of the same name), allege that they created an original treatment in 1989 involving a minority hospital and primarily African American characters. They showed the treatment to Warren, whom they knew socially, and subsequently created a screenplay. According to the complaint, the script found its way to Bochco via Warren. The two knew each other since the days Bochco produced and Warren appeared in the television series “Hill Street Blues.”
After having been told that Bochco had passed on the project, plaintiffs were “shocked and devastated” when they saw the pilot for “City of Angels” and realized that the show was based on their work. Even worse, according to the complaint, Warren appeared in the show.
In their suit, the writers allege breach of contract, misrepresentation and fraud and seek money damages and an injunction against the production of further episodes of “City of Angels.”