Filmmaker Spike Lee may have given TNN the green light to rebrand itself Spike TV, but the case will likely pave the way for similar lawsuits in the future. Case in point: Johnny Bravo — Cartoon Network's ego-trippin' Elvis type — is considering a lawsuit against the TV network that shares his name.
TV Guide Online: Do you think you have a case?
Are you kidding? Bravo's got Bravo written all over it! I mean, they might as well change the name of The It Factor to Who Wants To Be Johnny Bravo?
TVGO: What tipped you off that Bravo might be taking advantage of your image to attract viewers?
When that [James] Lipton guy started wearing sunglasses and calling his female guests "hot mamas."
TVGO: Spike Lee hired Johnny Cochran as his attorney. You're going to need a heavy hitter, too. Have you spoken to Harvey Birdman?
I don't know if he's the right person for the job. I'm thinking more along the lines of the chick from Legally Blonde. Is she available or is she in the middle of another sequel?
TVGO: So, what's your legal strategy?
Strategy? Isn't that a disco song by the Bee Gees?
TVGO: Uh, okay. Spike agreed to compensate TNN if he loses the lawsuit. What are you willing to offer Bravo in the event that you lose?
I can give hair tips to some of their people — and believe you me, they need it.
TVGO: Would you consider dropping the lawsuit if they offered you James Lipton's job?
Only if we changed the show to where actors came into the studio and asked me about my life. Then, I'd think about it.
TVGO: Any suggestions for what Bravo might change their name to?
If they gave Mr. T his own show, they could call it the Lipton T Channel.
How about The Channel Where People Like to Talk a Lot?
TVGO: Better. One last question. If heaven exists...
If Heaven exists, I'd like to hear God say, "You're right. You were my gift to women."
Editor's Note: When asked about the potential lawsuit, Bravo issued the following statement: "We are not worried about a lawsuit from Johnny Bravo, considering that we've been around since 1980. And we are not trying to capitalize on [his] notoriety."