CBS Fires Back At ABC With Dancing On The Stars Announcement
As you may be aware, CBS has engaged in a bit of a legal altercation with ABC over the similarities of ABC's new reality series The Glass House to CBS' own long-running series Big Brother. Granted, Big Brother is based on a hugely popular international format, but CBS hasn't tried to claim otherwise. While CBS has attempted to stop ABC's The Glass House from airing by legal methods, the Eye has also taken a snarkier approach to addressing the issue, in the form of an "announcement" about a dance series that sounds suspiciously like ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
CBS issued this announcement today, which states that they're developing a series called Dancing on the Stars, an "exciting and completely original reality program that owes its concept and execution to nobody at all." The headline alone was enough to grab my attention. It reads like a real press release, complete with a statement from the vaguely described "CBS spokesperson."
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
The sarcasm's laid on pretty thick, including the assurance that this morbid sounding dance competition series is "totally unlike anything anywhere else, honest." An obvious nod to the similarities in ABC's Glass House, which has people quarantined in a house and competing against one another for a cash prize, much like Big Brother. And it seems like they've also taken a shot at Dancing with the Stars by describing the contestants on their own "planned" show as "moderately famous and sort of well-known people you almost recognize."
And lest there be any confusion over what this "announcement" is all about, the unnamed spokesperson made sure to mention that thing about people living in glass houses. CBS is clearly not holding back on throwing stones.
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