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(Entertainment Weekly)   EW lists some of TV's worst product placement, but forgets to mention all the times Bones and House broke out into car commercials in the middle of an episode   (popwatch.ew.com) divider line 21
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2012-10-25 12:53:59 PM
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"I only date guys who drink Snapple."
2012-10-25 12:04:10 PM
2 votes:
As bad as those are, think of the ones that are so bad they never made it to air.

Back in the late '60's, it was still legal to advertise tobacco on TV. One of the major tobacco companies (I don't recall which one) was a sponsor of Star Trek.

They gave significant pressure to Gene Roddenberry wanting product placement. They sent memos to him strongly suggesting that Spock smoke "space cigarettes", and feature a product shot of one of their packs, and have him comment on how logical smoking is.

Roddenberry put his foot down on that.

Yeah, there were worse product placements that never made it to air.
2012-10-26 03:38:02 AM
1 votes:

mctwin2kman: Shadowknight: Zombie DJ: All I know is, when Hawaii 5-0 says: "Hang on. Let me Bing it.", I want to lunch a baby in the face.
NO ONE SAYS BING IT!
NO ONE WILL EVER SAY BING IT!
STOP TRYING TO MAKE UP SAYINGS!

Me and my friends have been known to say "Hold on while I Bing it.". Then we all start laughing as we bring up Google and move on.

I despise Bing so much that I purposefully block it on my Sonic Wall's.


A co-worker of mine was trying to look something up online and I saw she was using Bing, and I said "to start with close that window and open one with Google"

/ HATE Bing with a passion, it acts like a pop-up or virus and sucks ass to boot
2012-10-25 05:39:24 PM
1 votes:

Persnickety: One of the great things about shows that take place in the past like Mad Men is that the only oppurtunity for product placement is for companies that have been around for at least 50 years - and of course there's no way they can show their current products. Better yet, TV shows like Spartacus that take place in ancient times or Game of Thrones that isn't even set in our universe give no chance for greedy networks to shove products in our faces.


Personally, I would probably enjoy any Mad Men product placement, and pay attention to it, because it would give me a chance to see the cool old logos and package design.
2012-10-25 05:34:18 PM
1 votes:
One of the great things about shows that take place in the past like Mad Men is that the only oppurtunity for product placement is for companies that have been around for at least 50 years - and of course there's no way they can show their current products. Better yet, TV shows like Spartacus that take place in ancient times or Game of Thrones that isn't even set in our universe give no chance for greedy networks to shove products in our faces.
2012-10-25 02:35:48 PM
1 votes:

nursedude: The Glades (A&E Network?) is pretty much a commercial for Kia but done with humour.


Came here to say this...

American Pickers also went full retard for Subway in an episode late last season.
2012-10-25 02:08:12 PM
1 votes:

GRCooper: Product placement does not affect me.

It does me - I've been drinking "Beer" ever since I first saw Repo Man.


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2012-10-25 01:35:06 PM
1 votes:

FuryOfFirestorm: EngineerAU: Smallville was pretty bad about it. Having Alienware computers around was amusing but the Yaris commercials were terrible. I think the actors intentionally did a poor job in order to keep from having to do more of them. Same with Being Erica's Ford Focus commercial in one episode.

The worst was the episode where one of Clark's friends gets stretching powers from chewing Stride Gum laced with Kryptonite. Seriously.


I loved that episode BECAUSE the product placement was so blatant. That's pretty much Stride's style when they do product placement, and it's always so over-the-top that it's great.

Their best placement was in the short-lived series "The Loop." Stride sponsored a gate at the airport and everyone hated it because it was too annoying. (Passengers who could blow the biggest bubble got priority seating.) It was one of their best episodes.

So I love it when Stride gets involved. And I'm right there with you on wasting 10 years on Smallville. But to me, it wasn't a waste. I think we all need that one TV guilty pleasure, and that was my show for a decade. (I'm actually enjoying Arrow, but it better not get too good or they're going to cancel it.)
2012-10-25 12:55:16 PM
1 votes:
All I know is, when Hawaii 5-0 says: "Hang on. Let me Bing it.", I want to lunch a baby in the face.
NO ONE SAYS BING IT!
NO ONE WILL EVER SAY BING IT!
STOP TRYING TO MAKE UP SAYINGS!
2012-10-25 12:52:45 PM
1 votes:

Silverstaff: As bad as those are, think of the ones that are so bad they never made it to air.

Back in the late '60's, it was still legal to advertise tobacco on TV. One of the major tobacco companies (I don't recall which one) was a sponsor of Star Trek.

They gave significant pressure to Gene Roddenberry wanting product placement. They sent memos to him strongly suggesting that Spock smoke "space cigarettes", and feature a product shot of one of their packs, and have him comment on how logical smoking is.

Roddenberry put his foot down on that.

Yeah, there were worse product placements that never made it to air.


That would have been better than "Deathsticks" in the Star Wars Prequels. Oh God, I can't believe I suppressed that peculiar moment.
2012-10-25 12:52:13 PM
1 votes:
Product placement does not affect me. I just ignore it.

God I'm so thirsty.

I'm going to go have a refreshing Cuke.

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2012-10-25 12:45:52 PM
1 votes:
Nothing beats Leonard Part 6 with the most painful/embarrassing piece of product placement:

i.telegraph.co.uk
2012-10-25 12:34:49 PM
1 votes:
Fringe was guilty of promoting Ford and their little Microsoft Sync system a few times. The episode where Peter Bishop goes to the Northeast, that was the focus of the entire opening segment.
2012-10-25 12:22:42 PM
1 votes:
www.socialtechpop.com
2012-10-25 12:03:30 PM
1 votes:
The Walking Dead used a lot of Gerber Gear in Season 2. But that was product placement with an actual use.
2012-10-25 11:54:35 AM
1 votes:
Product placements that worked for me are...

Chuck:
You can see Lester and Jeff thinking Subway is an appropriate thing for a bachelor party, and see Big Mike getting all weak in the knees over a foot long Italian BMT.

Psych:
Not so much in the show itself, but during a commercial had Gus and Shaun arguing about their cell phone service and how Shaun didn't have Gus in his "circle." Again, it works because you can see the characters doing this.

Ones that didn't work for me...

Bones:
The uber-elite intellectual main character would have Ben insulted that they would imply she needs parking assist, and I doubt would be impressed by lackluster voice recognition. Especially considering all the borderline magic technology the artist chick supposedly technobables her way into inventing every week. An internet connection to check sports scores in your car seems kind of trivial.

Eureka:
Deodorant? Really? OK, fine, but in that one time loop episode, did we need a three second close up shot over and over again?

Basically, any show with a car plugged into it. Back in the day, the new style Dodge Ram pickups were more or less introduced by having Chuck Norris drive one in Walker: Texas Ranger. He didn't have to talk about how awesome the torque was or show off the cup holder.

Well, maybe he did. I couldn't tell, over the sounds of slow motion kicks and breaking necks.
2012-10-25 11:37:08 AM
1 votes:
The best product placement was when Bobby Cobb on Cougar Town started wearing a Diet Dr. Pepper shirt and hat every time he played golf in the hopes that some executives from the company would see him wearing those clothes and offer him a sponsorship.
2012-10-25 11:17:16 AM
1 votes:
www.ericrosenbergdesign.com
2012-10-25 05:02:54 AM
1 votes:
Seems to be a Ford/Fox tie in. That Ford commercial on New Girl was horrible. I mean, it's not just that they had the car and mentioned it by name; they didn't have her character say "gee, what a great car this new Ford is." It was 2 minutes of a car show announcer prattling on about the car.
Fox also has a Ford tie-in with American Idol, where the contestants do a Ford music video every week.
2012-10-25 04:42:59 AM
1 votes:
Has anyone ever been to a hospital that runs on MacOS?

Other than jumping the shark, that's my only complaint about House.

/also the only modern TV show I had time to follow
//not a hipster - I do own a TV
/mostly for sports
2012-10-25 04:36:04 AM
1 votes:
Oh come on, the Chuck ones were played deliberately over-the-top for laughs.
 
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