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:

 

CBS ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF “DANCING ON THE STARS,” AN EXCITING AND COMPLETELY ORIGINAL REALITY PROGRAM THAT OWES ITS CONCEPT AND EXECUTION TO NOBODY AT ALL

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.”

 
  • RJW

    This is probably the funniest thing to come out of CBS in a while.

  • Kyle7

    I love it when companies snipe at their rivals via press releases.

    @Eric Rey: Yes, BB originated overseas. I’m sure CBS bought the exclusive rights to an American version from whoever owns the rights to the original show, or else they wouldn’t be able to use the name. I tend to consider that more on the up-and-up than what ABC’s doing; for some reason, I’m more in favor of buying the rights to localize something than fairly blatantly copying that thing in the same country. That’s not to say all localizations are a good idea, or show particular ingenuity, but at least you’re taking on the uncertainty of figuring out whether something will work in your country.

  • senor chang

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

    Funny how CBS can’t even follow its own advice.

  • DryedMangoez

    It may come off as a little childish and unnecessary considering how The Glass House bombed anyway, but I still love it. It’s hilarious and anybody sticking it to ABC is fine by me.

  • Hillbilly

    I’m guessing the law suit failed? If ya can’t win in the legal court might as well try to win in the public court. I had/have no dog in this fight. I do enjoy watching mega companies to battle tho. Hope ABC has a rebuttal tomorrow. :grin:

  • Doug

    CBS should really talk – The Talk is a blatant rip on The View, only with slightly less “political” topics.

    I’d be surprised if Fox isn’t now coming up with a clone of The Glass House – after all, they did it to ABC twice with Trading Spouses (Wife Swap) and Nanny 911 (Supernanny), both of which Fox rushed to air before ABC got theirs on the air.

    CBS actually paid to license Big Brother from a network in The Netherlands, so I can understand their issue here.

  • Justin121

    LOL

    GET CHARLIE SHEEN ON DANCING WITH THE STARS

    GET CHARLIE SHEEN ON DANCING WITH THE STARS

    GET CHARLIE SHEEN ON DANCING WITH THE STARS

    FIGHT

    FIGHT

    FIGHT

    :D

  • Masterbreel

    This is great!

  • Hmm

    If only CBS can put in half that wit and humour into their shows and their actual press releases, imagine the possibilities.

  • frodo

    CBS should spend more time working on their sitcoms, since nowadays every comedy on that network is a boring dud. Big Bang excluded.

  • rob r

    seriously CBS you’re going to complain about ABC ripping you off?? you destroyed an American iconic – as the world turns – to put trash on like “the talk” which I believe is a show I once saw on abc… oh right it is; the view

  • enes

    Has started the war between Abc and CBS XD

  • Jon

    That is pety and sick.
    It’s not like Glass House is going to take away from Big Brother. If anything it’s going to help CBS get more viewers.
    But to make fun of the dead is just sick.

  • Jiji Moran

    This HAS to be a joke (checking the date to make sure it wasn’t posted on April 1st.

    Getting permits to proceed, and getting the families of the deceased to agree to the disecration will (hopefully) make it a logistic nightmare.

    Besides the dancing being done over a grave, what else is new? It’s crap.

    What are they smoking at CBS?

  • Bob

    CBS is the best network on TV. The others are so jealous of their huge success. The other shows can’t even get 20 million viewers (unless reality or sports) like CBS can with practically every show. CBS cancels shows that NBC thinks are a hit…..NBC completely and utterly sucks.

  • reggie

    thats dumb. everyone copy everyone, it.s the ultimate complement.

  • PinoyTvCritic

    CBS is the best network on TV. The others are so jealous of their huge success. The other shows can’t even get 20 million viewers (unless reality or sports) like CBS can with practically every show. CBS cancels shows that NBC thinks are a hit…..NBC completely and utterly sucks.

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    being the most watched network doesn’t mean CBS is the best. NBC has even more shows watchable than the clone shows the Eye got.

  • Jiji Moran

    Copying everyone else is also a sign of their creative staff lacking… ummm… creativity.

    Why can’t shows be more original? There are so many stories to tell, from so many angles, so many possible situations.

    Personally, I’d rather watch an ant-racing show than another singing or dancing competition.

    I’d rather follow the life of a dog with a critter-camera stuck to its back than another dating reality show.

    REALLY! How can people waste time watching the stuff?

    Heck, I rather turn off the TV and stare at my walls for a whole hour rather than watch another housewife with duck-lips and bleached blonde head, drinking at 9:00am and arguing for the sake of arguing.

    Unfortunately, these brain-numbing junk is what most people want to watch, so the networks keep making them as long as they have an audience.

    The “Dancing on the Stars” would NEVER fly, it’s gotta be a joke.

  • r0ckmypants

    Oh, Jiji…

  • John K.

    Also, does CBS not remember is stole The View concept from ABC? Julie Chen can’t say anybody bad about ABC copying her Big Brother, because her other show is a copy-cat of ABC.

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