It’s rare that the major networks let their hair down and have some fun, so we are compelled to share this satirical press release issued by CBS, announcing a new series called Dancing On the Stars — a “completely original reality program that owes its concept… to nobody at all.”
The “announcement” of course comes in the midst of an ongoing courtroom battle between waged by CBS against ABC, which earlier this week premiered The Glass House, a competition series the Eye contends borrows way, way too much from Big Brother.
This is where I again note that this is a joke, and not a real show — reading comprehension being what it is these days.
But enough of that legal rigamarole; check out CBS’ “official” announcement here for Dancing On the Stars:
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.”
Now I just need to see CBS produce an actual promo for DOTS, to air during the Big Brother 13 premiere on July 12.