TLC’s 7 Little Johnstons remains stuck in cancellation limbo after a judge denied Discovery possession of the reality show’s footage in the latest twist of its ongoing legal dispute with producer LMNO. Per THR:
On Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Steve Kim denied the application for writ of possession with the conclusion that it was too premature to rule on the merits of the claims and defenses.
“In this case, Discovery’s application, if granted, would functionally be dispositive of claims and defenses of both LMNO and Discovery,” states Kim in his order. “The Court cannot decide Discovery’s application here without necessarily (and perhaps prematurely) adjudicating claims and defenses that must be resolved ultimately by the assigned District Judge. Indeed, the two federal district court decisions cited by Discovery in its supplemental letter brief only reinforce this point, as both those cases were decided either by a federal district judge or by a magistrate judge through findings and recommendations.”
Discovery’s writ claimed that LMNO has refused to turn over the [third] season of the 7 Little Johnstons, claiming the show was being “held hostage” in their ongoing dispute.
In a legal setback for Discovery, U.S. Magistrate Judge Steve Kim ruled today that granting the request would be tantamount to deciding the case.
As it stands 7 Little Johnstons remains cancelled with any future revival hinging on the outcome of the Discovery/LMNO lawsuit.
Stay tuned for the very latest updates on the status of 7 Little Johnstons…