In legal documents (see below), George Rush and Joanna Molloy claim they got the ball rolling for Shallon Lester's now-canceled reality show Downtown Girls. But in the original version, the show would be about the intrepid assistants to a pair of married gossip columnists named Rush & Molloy. The show would be called Downtown Girl. But R&M forgot that reality TV is for kids! MTV quickly realized that they didn't need the old folks to turn gossip peon Shallon Lester into a rinky dink Carrie Bradshaw: Shallon left her job and MTV ended up with Downtown Girls, a show that revolved around Shallon and her new job at Glamour.com. (Funny how reality stars don't need their old jobs, because between MTV and cross-promotions, they can land new ones faster than you can say "Diane von Furstenberg.")
And so the underling rose above. (Well, sort of. The one episode I watched was like Chinese water torture, boring and incessant to point of psychic pain. But, fame!) The legal question is whether MTV owes the couple $30,000 in producer fees (six episodes at a rate of $5,000 each) as well as a credit at the end of the show, which still exists on MTV.com.
Moral of the story: Reality stars are like the Frankenstein monster. You may have made them, but they will quickly outgrow you, run away to Switzerland, and do whatever the fuck they want.