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.”

  • Lisa

    The funniest part of this is not the press release itself but the hilariously angry reactions from posters here who think that CBS is actually going to create this show. Somehow, a large number of them totally missed the joke. Poor reading comprehension at work here?

  • Melanie

    @Lisa You took the words right out of my mouth.

    That release is hysterical.

    I’m trying to decide if its an ironic testament to the state of reality TV that people not only think it could be real, but are all set to be outraged over it.

    @Jiji save your outrage for “Honey Boo Boo” – believe it or not, THAT one is real.

  • bsp

    I’m looking forward to ABC’s response!!

  • Gary A

    Am I mistaken or have a lot of people on here taken this as serious?

    And those that got the joke and are chastising CBS, why?

    And another question because I really am curious – why so much hate on CBS for the type of programming they put on? Why not the same hate for FOX on the reality competition front and animation domination? Why not on NBC for niche comedies that draw few viewers and relity rip offs? Why not the CW with its endless cycle of teen melodramas? Why not on ABC for soap opera serials and fantasy/supernatural dramas?


  • Fancy Pants

    ABC Deserves it after making a terrible big brother cooy

  • Kyle7

    @Gary A: There’s plenty of hate for all those things you mentioned, just not in these particular comments since it was CBS that made this press release.

  • Derek

    Oh God, the Glass House is really good. CBS needs to get the f*ck over it.

  • SherLOCKED (The Mighty Cringe)

    This is CBS getting back at ABC for their so-called Big Brother rip-off, “Glass House”.

  • hubertwentland5

    God, we live in times when like 25% of commenters didn’t get the joke. not because they’re stupid, but because they aren’t surprised with that type of programming nowadays. few years back no one would miss the irony, but modern television has gone wild ;p

  • R.G.

    This is why NBC is the most mature… and in last place. :D

  • Sam

    CBS is the most retarded network for me but I gotta admit this is hilarious!

  • Kevin USAforever

    BCS is just the best network, and they are the only ones that can do this, since they actually have original programming. If u read the release carefully, u get what they wnat to say, which is that the other networks just bring out one crappy reality tv show after another.

    @concerned citizen
    CBS has the best shows, the comedies are alot funnier than those crappy single camera shows, which are just not funny. The multi camera style and the live audience make the shows more alive and living, the single camera ones are just boring and stale.

    CBS has the best dramas as well, the fact that they are procedural makes it possible to watch anytime. Not like the other ones were u watch a hole season and still nothing happened. CBS has more happening story wise in a season than the supposed to be so great periodic dramas. Plus u get a plot in every single episode as well.

    That’s the reason they are the number one network. The only reason they didn’t won the demos year to year is because of reality tv, if u take reality away, cbs beats all the other networks by far.

  • Jiji Moran

    Agreed, that the networks are coming with the most ridiculous themes for reality shows. “Dancing on the Stars” is not only a believable concept, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it came to be, though it’s obviously a joke.

    My outrage is not at CBS’s DOTS press release, but at the premises behind all the “new” shows, both scripted and reality.

  • Bill T

    I guess CBS doesn’t think they ripped off The Dog Whisperer with Dogs in the City.

  • Nadine

    I think it may actually be a spoof on Fox as well — at least, that may have inspired it. You know, The Voice / The Choice… But it’s a gas.

  • Nadine

    @Bill T
    No! CBS didn’t rip off the Dog Whisperer! The show they ripped off, actually was Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog, which is (was?) a really watchable little hour-long show with English dog trainer Victoria Stillwell. It resembles that show a lot more. I watched it for years, but you know, I think Dogs in the City is much better done and love the guy who’s the trainer. I like the show a lot.

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