Here's some petty little showbiz news for you: CBS is annoyed that a judge will allow ABC to air a new show called Glass House that the Tiffany network thinks is too similar to its long-running Big Brother, so they've written a tongue-in-cheek press release about their new show Dancing On the Stars. Oh, boy, is this thing bitter (though refreshingly irreverent for a press release.) (ABC, of course, airs the mega-successful Dancing with the Stars.) Here's the part dripping with the most vitriol:
"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."
Back to the beef at hand, Big Brother is, of course, a show about contestants who live in a house and periodically get voted off, which sounds a lot like ABC's Glass House. Last week, U.S. District Judge Gary Feess didn't see much reason to stop Glass House from airing, but he issued the decision by knocking both shows for being a wee bit unoriginal, according to Deadline Hollywood's Dominic Patten: "CBS seeks to protect the idea of a show of contestants in a house where cameras are running," the judge said. "I don't know if Glass House will have any effect on Big Brother." The show aired Monday, but CBS's lawyers say they'll continue pressing their copyright infringement and trade secret claims. But in the reality TV era that's featured both Super Nanny and Nanny 911, American Idol and The Voice, Project Runway and Fashion Star, Wife Swap and Trading Spouses, this Dancing on the Stars actually sounds kind of... likely. More from the joke release:
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.
Burn. Now, let's here more about this Postmodern Family pitch.