CBS didn't quite get the help it was looking for from the courts in its battle to stop the ABC reality series "The Glass House," so it decided to take its case elsewhere: the media (with a little mockery mixed in).
"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, groundbreaking and completely original new reality program for the CBS Television Network," a fake news release from the network said. "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."
Of course, CBS has no such show in development. However, the release was in response to a judge denying a restraining order blocking the premiere of "The Glass House" on ABC, which CBS says is far too much like its popular longtime reality show, "Big Brother."
The series, which premiered June 18, features 14 contestants living in a house made of glass, where each move is monitored by cameras (including an occasional live feed), and where one member is evicted each week. "Big Brother" does have some similarities where cameras watch the move of all the contestants there, and one of the housemates is evicted each week.
Part of CBS' complaint is that the show is being produced by a number of people who once worked on "Big Brother," which the network said bolstered its claim that "Glass House" is a direct rip-off of "Big Brother." The judge, however, disagreed.
Thus, CBS releasing its so-called new shows with obvious jabs at ABC.
"This very creative enterprise will bring a new sense of energy and fun that's totally unlike anything anywhere else, honest," the news release quotes a "CBS spokesperson" as saying. "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, people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."
CBS did get a bit of a win when the ratings returned for "Glass House," and they were nowhere near that of "Big Brother." But you can't blame CBS for having a little fun at a competitor's expense.
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