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.”

  • One

    Ah yes. Indeed. I might watch this one. Just to spite ABC… [joke]

  • John

    This from the network that greenlit PARTNERS, which is identical in title and concept to a 1994 Fox show.

  • Kurt

    Utterly hilarious. I would totally watch this if it were for real.

  • G

    Tacky! Desperate!

  • It’sBroccoli

    Very mature CBS…

  • Red

    So much for the Tiffany Network. (Not that CBS has lived up to that nickname since the 70s, mind you.)

    Bitter, aren’t they? To feel that protective over a piece of pure trash like “Big Brother”? Then again, I would probably be more likely to watch DOTS than DWTS or almost anything else on either CBS’s or ABC’s current primetime schedules.

  • Frank M

    That’s CBS for you. Always taking the high road – as they repeat for the millionth time in the same week that they are “the most watched network” almost with the same gusto as MickeyD’s boasts “over 20 Billion served!”
    Maybe Moonves is feeling a little overprotective about BB because the wifey is on it.

  • psychic

    CBS is officially my second favorite channel.
    If they renew Unforgettable, they might even surpass ABC.

  • ProViewershipNumbers

    Wow, CBS! To the so-called TV industry: Cancel everything! 100% unemployment! Serious! Everything!

  • RHONJd

    Wow…… Maybe ABC should poke fun at CBS considering The Talk is a carbon copy of The View! Now that would be funny……

  • No name biotch

    Can there be a more disrespectful concept? Shame on you CBS for degrading those beloved stats that passed

  • cc

    Good for cbs.

  • SR

    Great piece of snark!

  • Pup

    All cbs can do is recycle old ideas and pass them off as originals. So get off your high horse and get over yourselves.

  • Ultima


    Although, while I enjoy their snark, if this was FOX, they would have actually made the show! ;)

  • Observer


  • Eric Rey

    This is a little more than poking fun! This is a direct blow to ABC…. CBS is upset with the Glass House rip-off of Big Brother that aired on Monday night. But hey, isn’t Big Brother a rip off from overseas? Like everything else, we are all just re using ideas!

  • Nick

    First Unforgettable is coming back, now this? Man, CBS execs must be crazy bored today.

  • Lance

    WTF??? THIS coming from the “Clone Broadcasting System”? Unreal.

  • Max Vrany

    @Ultima, FOX already copied Dancing with the Stars. See Skating with Celebrities.

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