CBS Pokes Fun at ABC With ‘Dancing on the Stars’ Spoof

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June 20th, 2012

And yes, this is a REAL press release. Need context?

via press release:



Los Angeles, June 21, 2012 – Subsequent to recent developments in the creative and legal community, CBS Television today felt it was appropriate to reveal the upcoming launch of an exciting, ground-breaking and completely original new reality program for the CBS Television Network.

The dazzling new show, DANCING ON THE STARS, will be broadcast live from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and will feature moderately famous and sort of well-known people you almost recognize competing for big prizes by dancing on the graves of some of Hollywood’s most iconic and well-beloved stars of stage and screen.

The cemetery, the first in Hollywood, was founded in 1899 and now houses the remains of Andrew “Fatty” Arbuckle, producer Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Paul Muni, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, George Harrison of the Beatles and Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones, among many other great stars of stage, screen and the music business. The company noted that permission to broadcast from the location is pending, and that if efforts in that regard are unsuccessful, approaches will be made to Westwood Village Memorial Park, where equally scintillating luminaries are interred.

“This very creative enterprise will bring a new sense of energy and fun that’s totally unlike anything anywhere else, honest,” said a CBS spokesperson, who also revealed that the Company has been working with a secret team for several months on the creation of the series, which was completely developed by the people at CBS independent of any other programming on the air. “Given the current creative and legal environment in the reality programming business, we’re sure nobody will have any problem with this title or our upcoming half-hour comedy for primetime, POSTMODERN FAMILY.”

“After all,” the spokesperson added, “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”

  • Holly

    LOVE IT!

  • Robert Seidman

    and just to be clear while this is a real release (with the e-mail subject line of “A COMPLETELY ORIGINAL AND NON-DERIVATIVE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM CBS”), I don’t think it’ll be doing this show.


  • Justin

    I’am totally watching this show!! HAHA

  • Justin

    @Robert Seidman Awwww man!

  • J.G.

    Two weeks later:

    ABC signs Neil Patrick Harris to development deal

  • Tim

    Didn’t CBS try a dancing show that tanked big time a couple of years back! With Paula A.

  • Max Vrany
  • hardline_pro

    Keeping it professional CBS… :D

  • A.P.

    Awww they sound so mad. I guess it’s fun for them if they do it to others, but not when another network does it to them.

  • kariato

    Interesting, I wonder how long it will stay up. I think somebody quit CBS and left them an Easter egg.

  • Dan T

    From the network that brings you “Dogs in the City,” a totally original show that is not at all anything similar to “Dog Whisperer” whatsoever…

  • Holly


    This is a joke by CBS, not on them.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Why can’t CBS be this awesome all of the time instead of the crappy network who makes the same bland procedurals and laugh track comedies every year?

  • Neil


  • rob60990

    CBS must really be bored today to write this up.

  • Leeve

    CBS always picks on the other networks, that’s how its supposed to be. These other networks always act so stuck up and scared to take shots at each other. That’s what made TV great back in the day, the networks really had an identity like Battle of the Network Stars.

  • Julie

    This is priceless. Brilliant.

  • SalaciousCrumb

    i dont get it.

  • Sid

    I’m loving this! GO CBS! :D

  • TVGuy

    BOOM! The last few lines give it all away.

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