This. Is. Just. Weird.
CBS can't beat ABC in a court of law, so they'll settle for a public lashing!!
Remember last month when we reported the CBS/ABC
baby mama legal drama??
CBS went to court to stop ABC from airing Glass House, a fairly blatant rip-off of the fairly generic Big Brother but the judge recognized that 98% of reality TV is the same anyway and said the show could go on!
And it did…
Except no one watched!
Glass House premiered to terrible ratings, even trailing reruns on other networks!!
As if losing money, time, and consumer confidence wasn't bad enough — CBS is throwing a pinch of salt on ABC's wounds!!
CBS just released a statement to the press, sarcastically promoting a "completely original reality program" Dancing on the Stars.
It promises to be exactly like ABC's flagship reality program Dancing with the Stars, but slightly more mediocre!!
Dancing ON the Stars is fake, of course, but CBS thought the gesture was HIGHlarious!!
We think they wasted energy, effort, and the moral high ground on publicly ridiculing ABC for both their lack of original content and ratings failures!!
We could imagine Showtime and HBO getting into a tiff like this but… on network TV?
It just feels dirty!
Here is the sarcastic CBS press release in its entirety:
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.
"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.”
[Image via DJDM/WENN.]