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'Dancing on the Stars:' CBS has fun with 'Glass House' fight

This June 2012 photo released by ABC shows

This June 2012 photo released by ABC shows a sitting area for "The Glass House," an interactive real-time reality competition, where 14 contestants will live and compete for a quarter million dollars. The series, which relies on audience participation, premieres Monday, June 18, on ABC. CBS is asking a federal judge to block the ABC series because they claim it closely copies "Big Brother" and is using secrets that former staffers gleaned from the longtime reality competition show. A federal judge has set a hearing on CBS' motion for Friday, June 15 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ABC, Nicole Wilder) (Credit: AP Photo/Nicole Wilder)

Maybe it's the weather — hot, duh — or maybe it's the quietness of the afternoon, but how else to explain this funny/looney news release that CBS sent out a short while ago, headlined:

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

 Of course the network is poking fun at ABC and the bruising battle it just had with same over "The  Glass House," which is pretty much a rip of "Big Brother," though a Federal judge Friday refused to keep "House" off the air. (And considering the reviews, maybe he woulda done ABC a favor if he had.)

 The CBS release goes on to read,

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.

 [Newsday reviewer thinking to himself: "Oh gawd, am I gonna have to review this one, too? Could be fun. Could be bad. Must be better than "Snooki and Jwoww" at least . . ."]

 It goes on . . .

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.”

  [Newsday reviewer thinking to himself, "Postmodern Family" . . . hmm, what's a postmodern family. Sounds bad. Will I have to review this, too? Oh what the hell. It can't be any worse than "Snooki and Jwoww."]

Pictured above: The sitting area for "The Glass House," an interactive reality competition, where 14 contestants will live and compete for a quarter-million dollars. The series, which relies on audience participation, premieres Monday, June 18, on ABC.

Tags: CBS , the glass house , big brother , dancing with the stars , dancing on the stars

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