NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) – Add mockery to the many ways CBS is fighting ABC’s “Glass House.”
After going to court to try unsuccessfully to stop the airing of the new ABC reality show – which resembles CBS’s “Big Brother” – CBS on Wednesday released a blisteringly sarcastic press release in which it announced plans to rip off ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
CBS says in the release that its supposed new show, “Dancing on the Stars,” is an “exciting and completely original reality program that owes its concept and execution to nothing at all.”
The release comes after a judge declined to block “Glass House” from premiering Monday. It is a surprisingly blunt and bitter move, given that which networks often strive to avoid even acknowledging their competitors. But CBS may have felt forced to resort to mockery after its setback in court.
In a statement – a real one – a CBS spokesman told TheWrap: “We think the press release speaks originally for itself.”
ABC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“Glass House,” like “Big Brother,” features several people living together in a closely monitored house, and its production team includes many former “Big Brother” staffers. CBS is accusing ABC of copyright infringement and stealing trade secrets.
CBS’s mocking release ends with a prediction that ABC won’t complain about its new show – “Dancing on the Stars” – since “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”