CBS Is Pretty Pissed That The Glass House Made It to Air, Announces Dancing On the Stars

By Staff

Jun 21, 2012

Last Friday, a federal judge refused to grant CBS a temporary restraining order against ABC's The Glass House, which CBS claims is a rip-off of its own Big Brother; the decision subsequently allowed The Glass House to debut this past Monday, as ABC had originally planned. Well, CBS is still pretty angry over the whole affair, as indicated by the following press release, which was dispatched this afternoon under the heading, "A Completely Original and Non-Derivative Announcement from CBS." We present it to you now, unedited and without comment:


Los Angeles, June 20, 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, groundbreaking 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.

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.”

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Did you watch The Glass House on Monday? How do you think it compares to Big Brother?

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  • Patferr Jul 11, 2012

    I guess CBS could sue itself for stealing Big Brother from the makers of Survivor. The only 2 differences is location and live vs taped. They even stole from each other with "Immunity Idol" and "power of Veto". So it really doesn't surprise me that some new reality show is similar to an old one.

    Oh and for those of you who hate reality TV shows, they aren't going anywhere anytime soon. They are CHEAP to make since they don't have to pay the talent (sounds like NCAA football) and the corporations around them make all te big bucks if the show is successful (sounds like NCAA Football). I think CBS should just STFU and create a show that has some famous "House builder" get in a bunch of huge 4x4 trucks, and go to people's houses that are in bad shape, then send the families on a trip somewhere while said "house builder" brings in a crew and totally remodels the house. Make sure there are lots of opportunities for women to cry over how some family member is all effed up, and needs help, so they find things that can make this family member happier, lots of crying/tear jerking stuff, and instead of saying "Driver, move that bus, he can say "Drivers, move those big 4x4's. Then they would be even with ABC in ripoffs, and could move on from this stupid drama.

  • phuzee1 Jun 25, 2012

    Copying in the "world or reality T.V." is/was bound to happen. How many ideas can one or a group come up with for a stupid, assinine, idiotic show that someone else hasn't already thought up and no one wants to watch. I'll be so GLAD when the "reality show" craze ends it's run. We need some quaity T.V. and not this crap. As can be deciphered from this post I detest and loath reality T.V.

  • Chizrocker88 Jun 24, 2012

    A reality show ripped off another reality show? Shocking.

  • aprilia1k Jun 23, 2012

    I couldn't get through all the comments.. too many - but read the last day or two. I agree with most of my fellows on this -- it is pretty hypocritical in a pot and kettle kind'a way. But my biggest reaction is, along with several others, total amusement at CBS' "Dancing On the Stars" announcement. I don't suppose any other "Big Bang Theory" fans detected a hint of Chuck Lorre (e.g. his Vanity Cards)? I'd not be surprised if they were smart enough (CBS large hairpieces (apologies)) to have a writer/producer like Lorre write that up. Anyway -- too funny. And, I think I might even watch - at least the pilot for - "Dancing On..".

    Cheers, stephenseanbullyfranciois

  • bluemystique Jun 23, 2012

    I do love sarcasm.

    I thought Glass House was reminscent of Big Brother, which is reminiscent of Surreal Life....and all of those derived guessed it. The Real World. The show that kickstarted this reality tv show mayhem.

  • TheMirayShow Jun 22, 2012

    Hahahahaha. I guess the entertainment continues off the screen too :P

  • fistofkhonshu Jun 22, 2012

    Isn't big brother a ripoff of the real world; an equally horrible and dull piece of crap that started all this reality tv crap?

  • bluemystique Jun 23, 2012

    YES. Thank you. I said the exact same thing. Fact of the matter is, there is no such thing as original concepts anymore. Everything is derivative of something else.

  • AydinTurgay Jun 22, 2012

    Watched every episode of every season of Big Brother, and plan on continuing to watch. I have no interest in Glass House.


    Can we PLEASE take a moment to laugh at the irony? Julie Chen used her clout of being married to the head of CBS to COMPLETELY RIP OFF THE VIEW!!! The Talk?!!

    Now, CBS is taking someone else to court for plagiarism?

  • virgo091085 Jun 22, 2012

    The Talk and The View - perfect example!!

  • virgo091085 Jun 22, 2012

    i gotta agree with all the comments along these lines.. since when is networks copying off each other new? or how is this particular case so special? but hey i guess they are doing a good job - raising up some interest/PR around Big Brother

  • CLikesPie Jun 22, 2012

    "...and will feature moderately famous and sort of well-known people you almost recognize..."

    I'm still crying from all the laughing about this line!

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