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

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:


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 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.”

* * *


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

Comments (59)
Submit
Sort: Latest | Popular
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.
More+
Reply
Flag
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.
Reply
Flag
A reality show ripped off another reality show? Shocking.
Reply
Flag
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
Reply
Flag
I do love sarcasm.



I thought Glass House was reminscent of Big Brother, which is reminiscent of Surreal Life....and all of those derived from...you guessed it. The Real World. The show that kickstarted this reality tv show mayhem.
Reply
Flag
Hahahahaha. I guess the entertainment continues off the screen too :P
Reply
Flag
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?
Reply
Flag
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.
Reply
Flag
Watched every episode of every season of Big Brother, and plan on continuing to watch. I have no interest in Glass House.

THAT BEING SAID...

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?
Reply
Flag
The Talk and The View - perfect example!!
Reply
Flag
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
Reply
Flag
"...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!
Reply
Flag
This feels a little bit like Don's anti smoking letter on Mad Men only so much funnier and completely awesome.
Reply
Flag
That may be the best thing I've ever seen a television network do! I don't give two squirts about Big Brother, but after seeing ABC's Glass House promos and press releases, not to mention the news surrounding it where ABC hired former Big Brother staff to run it, it's been blatantly obvious that it's a direct and intentional ripoff, and I've been entirely on CBS's side for this. So to see a big corporation respond with passion and wit and frustration to the situation in such a way is refreshing.
Reply
Flag
As somebody else said, CBS did the same thing to ABC with "The Talk" which is a ripoff of "The View" where caddy, mostly left wing communist women sit around and spew off their hatred of this country and those that wish to keep it as it was created, and not become "european-ized" if you know what I mean. We fought to break away from Europe and be different, now our leaders are trying their best to make us more like Europe. Sorry, Europe is why we LEFT there, we don't want to be like them, they should want to be like us, and would be if we hadn't flip flopped all over the place over the past 3 or 4 decades.
Reply
Flag
BREAKING: ABC counter-backfires, creates new show -- HOW I WET YOUR MOTHER.
Reply
Flag
It is true, this press release won the internet.
Reply
Flag
Staff
A Completely Original and Non-Derivative Announcement from Eli: Burn!
Reply
Flag
Is Big Brother still on?? I have to stop watching CW and Fox :)

This statement is hysterical and has put CBS on my funny list
Reply
Flag
I have an idea CBS should steal from me...animals going in the woods. We get has been stars/camera crew go out in the forest...watch animals doing their business. The great part of the show is the stars poking the animal at the same time...then seeing if the star is slower than the camera crew. During the encounter...an announcer with an Australian accent doing play-by-play.



They want reality TV...there you go. A more stupid idea than "American Idiot" or "Watch me...I Still Can't Dance or Do Anything Else."
Reply
Flag
pretty sure (correct me if im wrong), but the whole "big brother" thing was ripped off from a couple of aussie shows that probably ripped off something else. 'silvania waters' and 'house from hell', the former from the 70's and the latter in late 90's...

such a funny letter tho, so entertaining!! hire those writers!!! lol
Reply
Flag
Sylvania Waters was different, it was about a single family, not a diverse group. House From Hell does appear to be the same concept, developed independently from Big Brother, aired a year earlier, but Big Brother had been in the works for a year by that point. House From Hell didn't have all-the-time live feeds the way that the original Netherlands' Big Brother did though, that was part of the thing that made Big Brother unique, and part of what makes Glass House such a blatant copy (that and they intentionally hired former Big Brother staffers to run it).
1
Reply
Flag
true, true, but house from hell/silvania waters was still in the same vein.... just a little less developed. they are still amongst the first shows without "actors". everything rips of everything else... there is little that is truely "new' as opposed to redeveloping a similar idea....
big brother was not a new concept.
Reply
Flag
I think I'd watch Dancing on the Stars. Nothing says entertainment like moderately famous people doing a two-step at a graveyard.



It's a bit childish, but I like the fact that CBS has (some) humor.
Reply
Flag
How dare ABC steal a concept that CBS stole fair and square!
Reply
Flag
Media lawyers have a sense of humour... who knew???



They must have been watching Suits.....
Reply
Flag
Lmao suits good one.....
Reply
Flag
LOL! Love CBS's sarcasm!!! :)
Reply
Flag
I watched the first episode of Glass House and I must say CBS has nothing to worry about. The show was terrible and won't make it another season.
Reply
Flag
That press release was the funniest thing CBS has done in years.
Reply
Flag
loved this. hilarious!
Reply
Flag
Way to go CBS! Nice to know you have a funny bone
Reply
Flag
I find it very hopeful that networks have a sense of humor after all
Reply
Flag
Can't say anything that hasn't already been said bellow but, kudos to CBS for having a sense of humor.
Reply
Flag
The Glass House will be cancelled by Summer's end anyway.
Reply
Flag
Wow. I didn't think the network big-wigs knew how to use sarcasm font.
Reply
Flag
That is pretty freaking hilarious. All the more so because EVERY CBS show rips off EVERY OTHER CBS show in that they are ALL (POI and The Good Wife excepted out of the probability that it was a mistake that they ended up on this network to begin with) procedural rip-off shows of each other.
Reply
Flag
So the old men over at CBS have a sense of humor. I personally found this hilarious.
Reply
Flag
I hate to break it to you, but this has been done... with a twist. Choose Your Victim, the webseries where you decide the true fate of the contestants. See their biggest fights, sexiest bikinis, and more importantly the viewer chosen death. You know these people, you love to hate them, now act on that. Check out: http://www.chooseyourvictim.com/Episodes.php
Reply
Flag
Big Brother is less than a month away. I was hoping that The Glass House would help get me through the next month of breathless anticipation. Wrong. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong. It was awful!
Reply
Flag
Oh, is that still a thing? I thought it was cancelled like 10 years ago.
Reply
Flag
Glass House is to Big Brother as Elementary is to Sherlock.
Reply
Flag
CBS's case was stupid and had no real basis. It'd be like if NBC sued every channel that had a show about a group of friends that hangs out in a bar/coffee shop/diner.
Reply
Flag
Well, if it has too many similarities to another show on another channel, you do have the right to call foul. I don't know if that is the case here as I never watched either of those shows and I have no idea in which way they are or are not the same, but there is a reason why there are such things as rights, copyright etc.
Reply
Flag
All-in-all this was basically just a temper-tantrum, a very childish move for a channel that's mostly watched by old people. Also in their attempt to take a cheap(very cheap) shot at ABC, they also dissed every person who's been on the show, not smart...
Reply
Flag
I don't think it's a cheap shot, not at all ... I'm just happy that CBS had the balls to publish it. Kudos!
Reply
Flag
hey, I'm 21 and I watch CBS! And most of my friends do to!
Reply
Flag
That CBS is just watched by old people is a myth, they have the second higher average of viewers in the 18-49 demo, so there's that. (the fact the many people age 50+ watch is irrelevant to advertisers and to the network).
Reply
Flag
Is it just me or Dancing on the stars sounda awesome?
Reply
Flag
What I don't understand is how CBS can sue ABC for taking the far from original idea of "sticking people in a house together and watching them interact" when NBC doesn't bother to get up off its ass and sue Fox over the Choice for blatantly stealing its show. I mean, come on, the logo, the swivel chairs controlled by a button, the name. What the hell, television?
Reply
Flag
Let me get a violin for CBS...
Reply
Flag
if CBS can be pissed at ABC, then MTV should be pissed at CBS for ripping off Real World and just adding games. so the whole mess is ridiculous. from what I understand is that The Glass House pretty much admits it's not a reality show because the audience decides what's next, right?
Reply
Flag
I think CBS got Big Brother from the UK.
Reply
Flag
Actually it's a show from the Netherlands that started in 1997.
Reply
Flag
Being from the Netherlands I can confirm this. It was created in 1997 and broadcasted for the first time in 1999.
Reply
Flag
It's pretty clear that the players in Glass House think they're in Big Brother. The first show they were talking about alliances. But they schedule they plan of 10 weeks with one show every week, and only showing streaming online video for a few hours a day, shows they're not seriously committed but only plan on diffusing Big Brother.



Reply
Flag
LOL. Is that their actual statement? That's bloody hilarious!
Reply
Flag
The Glass House is pretty much the same thing.
Reply
Flag
Lol...
Reply
Flag

Like TV.com on Facebook

  • 8:00 pm
    People's List
    NEW
    ABC
  • 9:00 pm
    20/20: In an Instant Murder in the Maternity Ward
    NEW
    ABC