NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Actor/comedians Larry David (R) and Jerry Seinfeld attend the match between Venus Williams and Jelena Jankovic of Serbia on day ten of the 2007 U.S. Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2007 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

No laughing matter: Man sues claiming his idea for popular car show was stolen from him


Since 2012, comedian Jerry Seinfeld has hosted the popular series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." The premise of the show is self-explanatory: Seinfeld and a famous comedian will go for a ride in a unique car, and they will go get coffee. Episodes are pretty short, but they're often very humorous.

The show has been successful, and Seinfeld recently signed a deal with Netflix for streaming rights and a new 24-episode season. However, a TV producer is suing Seinfeld, and he's alleging that Seinfeld stole the idea from him.

According to TMZ, producer Christian Charles is suing Seinfeld, and he said he pitched the idea to Seinfeld back in 2002. Charles said the two even shot a pilot episode for the series.

Charles said Seinfeld wasn't interested in sharing ownership, so Seinfeld made the show without him. Now, Charles wants a "created by" credit, and he also wants financial compensation for helping create the show.


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Seinfeld's lawyer, Orin Snyder, denies the allegations and said the lawsuit will go nowhere.

"This lawsuit is delusional," Snyder said. "Jerry independently created 'Comedians in Cars' and Mr. Charles only concocted this claim after the show became a commercial success. We are confident that this shakedown lawsuit will go nowhere."

Season 10 of the show is set to debut on Netflix in 2018.


(h/t AV Club)