Anthony Bourdain is "fighting mad" at the Travel Channel for editing him into a commercial without his permission.
He expressed his rage on twitter first,
and then in a long post on his tumblr blog
: "All of us on the show would have preferred to go out on a high note—and we tried to do that as best we could, turning in a strong, final season that we are very proud of. We wanted to go leaving a lot of great shows—and nothing but good memories and good will behind...But things just didn’t turn out that way
." [more inside]
The 27 Best (Non-Super Bowl) Commercials of the 2000s
: Balls [Bravia]
- Birthday [Got Milk?]
- Bubble Boy [Volkswagen]
- Bus Station [Starburst]
- Carousel [Phillips]
- Cog [Honda]
- Dangerously Low [Levi's]
- Diorama [Halo 3]
- Evolution [Dove]
- Freestyle [Nike]
- Gorilla [Cadbury]
- Grrr [Honda]
- Hello Tomorrow [Adidas]
- Lamp [IKEA]
- Like [Volkswagen]
- Mountain [Playstation]
- Noitulove [Guinness]
- Odyssey [Levi's]
- Rabbit [Comcast]
- Sheet Metal [Saturn]
- Stork [Monster]
- Swear Jar [Bud Light]
- Tag [Nike]
- Tea Partay [Smirnoff]
- Touch [Skittles]
- Wedding Toast [Budweiser]
- Yes We Can [Dipdive]
. Part of Adweek
's "Best of the 2000s" competition
, which also includes rundowns of the 22 Best Super Bowl Spots
and the 15 Best Print Campaigns
of the last decade, among many other voting categories.
It's time to get ready for the Super Bowl... Ads!
Adland has freely available archives of 37 years of commercials from the big game, over 2,800 ads - from 1969, when Winston
, Pall Mall
, and Silva Thins
smoked up the Bowl *cough-cough
*, all the way to 2008, when the best-liked ad was Bud's dalmation inspiration
(how do we know it was best liked? SCIENCE
!). Some highlights of the collection include: [more inside]
The Living Room Candidate.
A fascinating archive of presidential campaign commerials. (Yes, I saw in on the Colbert Report, and so did you.)
An amazing collection of classic American television commercials
. Sorted by category: Eat
. Includes descriptions and historical background. The commercials can be viewed in either RealPlayer or MediaPlayer format, and newer ones will work in both IE and Firefox.
The Chopper Show
commercials are awesome! They're 30 minute (or longer) commercials for a dealership in Las Vegas. They're obnoxious, over the top, and mesmerizingly amusing. It boggles my mind that there are people who purchase cars based on these commercials, but I can understand why The Chopper is so popular in Las Vegas. If you can't speak spanish, I recommend El Chopper en Espanol - it's even funnier if you can't understand the sales pitch.
has some amusing new commercials. (click "Watch the TV spots", lower-left). My favorite? Milk truck!
TiVo to Sell User Viewing Data
TiVo executives said they will be gathering information only in aggregate, such as by ZIP code and that the habits of individual users will remain anonymous. However, not everyone agrees
that TiVo can't/isn't tracking individual viewing habits. And now advertisers will be able to see exactly how many commercials we're all zipping past
Whatever happened to Saturday Morning Cartoons?
An astonishingly intelligent article about how Cable TV, dual-family households, regulations and more eliminated what more than a few of us remember quite fondly as the magical time when suddenly TV existed for our personal entertainment purposes. Anyone else remember occasionally dragging themselves out of bed at 6AM for what was ultimately five hours of really, really cool commercials
? (Link from Fark
Space Needle Missing from the Seattle Skyline?
(subscription) The rumor is someone bought the Space Needle in Seattle and moved it to their house. No! It was an ad for the lottery. Do TV channels need to make it clearer that something is an ad, or do people need to be more careful watching TV?
Can biaised TV coverage of motorsports events be bought?
The Aussport Post
says it can. According to the linked article, Ford Australia
signed a deal with Network 10
, which has exclusive rights to telecast the V8 Supercars
series, ensuring that other car manufacturers would be unable to advertise during telecasts of the series, in addition to guarantees of a certain amount of coverage of their cars during the series. Ironically, the car that lead the first 30 laps of the biggest race of the year, the Bathurst 1000
, did not carry any Ford signage.
to the web wide debate sparked after their interview
with Jamie Kellner CEO of Turner Broadcasting. Where he likened not viewing the adverts to theft.
It's a story I was very interested in and it seems it caused a fair amount of debate
. Other than the 'Osama is evil'
explosion what's your favorite meme with legs ?
People don't watch adverts -
or at least they try not to. I tend to flip, or press the mute button. Given this research, plus the fact that certain stations think it's our duty to watch .. do you think they'll find another way to slip them in when we're not expecting it ?. (previous discussion about tv commercials)
"Your contract with the network when you get the show is you're going to watch the spots.... Any time you skip a commercial.....you're actually stealing the programming"
According to Jamie Kellner, CEO of the Turner Broadcasting system, you're committing a crime if you don't watch every commercial during a broadcast. Even going to the bathroom doesn't seem to be a good enough excuse to him for missing a commercial. While I sympathize with those who are trying to create and maintain business models for content and programming in these days of advanced technology, arguing that the use of this technology is some kind of moral lapse is both laughable and insulting.
Miss Cleo Part II
Who calls these hucksters
? This is simultaneously hilarious and sad. Be sure to listen
to the audio
What sort of salesman can't sell TV ad during the Super Bowl?
Even after taking a 25% discoount off the $2 million 30-second spots from last year's game, FOX is still having troubles getting advertisers. See what happens when you cool off the economy, Mr. Greenspan?
Brand virus leaps to another level. Law & Order
episodes on TNT next month will have ads digitally inserted.
Which reminds me--I was thinking about a device that would remove
objects (say, Bruce Willis) from any channel I pick. . .I say we
should get paid for watching ads customized to our specifications. (via Q
Well, only 10 shopping days left until Super B(bleep)l Sunday, and of course, everyone's ready for the big... commercials. This one
, from People for Eating Tasty Animals -- er, um, sorry; mispronounced that -- was refused by CBS, or so saith the minions at AdCritic. Hope they're planning a Superbowl focus page during and after the show. They really oughtta hold a vote. No, wait... it would take too long. :-}
Remember those PSA's
the tobacco companies said violated their agreement with the federal government? Well, they're back
, and harsher than ever
I saw the body bag commercial last night at 3 am . . . when all PSA are played.
"Ahhhhh the atmosphere" should
get at least a giggle out of you. Commercials at their best.
CBS said NO!
Reebok said yes.
If you have watched survivor, many of you may have noticed the ads for Reebok that push the limits of your imagination... somewhat. Now, watch the ad that CBS won't air. But Reebok has kindly put up on their website.
Is this a new low for TV? Or just another barrier being breached?
It's like a party in my monitor.
I adore TV Party. Tons of old commercials, show snippets, and jingles. But most importantly, Supertrain
, the show that seemed bad then and is even worse now! (Yet its theme stuck in my head for days on end....)
Nike this weekend
will unveil a new 50-second commercial. The first 30 seconds will appear in a TV commercial before Saturday's Dolphins-Jaguars game. The second 20 seconds will be available at the Web site. The ad was created by Wieden & Kennedy of Portland.