Carnie Wilson Wants to Know What You Sound Like in Bed


For those of you who always wanted to ask your boss a personal question or two, this isn't the way to do it. For everybody else that loves a double entendre or three, these Filter Advertising-created ads (one, two, three) for Carnie Wilson's The Newlywed Game are for you. Hoping to bring back the original show's bedroom humor in full force a la Bob "making whoopee" Eubanks, Wilson will ask young, newly married, babes in the woods questions that will make their mother-in-law's toes curl.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-20-09    
Topic: Cable, Celebrity, Commercials, Good

More Mad Men Mockery Misfires


Wanna watch the world's worst Mad Men promo/spoof? Well, here it is courtesy of Landline TV. We have no idea what they're trying to accomplish with this :60 riff on the AMC series but one thing's clear. It's bad. Really bad.

Can we just leave Mad Men alone and stop obsessing over it. Perhaps enjoy it rather than continuously mock it as if we, the ad industry, are the only people who enjoy the show?

by Steve Hall    Sep- 8-09    
Topic: Cable, Opinion, Worst

Love Mad Men? Then There's An Event For You


If you love the AMC television show Mad Med, then you'll love the week of August 10 in New York City. There's a long list of promotional events going on leading up to the debut of the series's season three premiere, Sunday, August 16.

There's Drink Like A Mad Man at the Hilton August 10. There's The Golden Age of Advertising projected on the side of the Museum of Arts and Design beginning Wednesday, August 12. There's New York Mets Gone Mad August 14 during the Mets/Giants game.

Check it all out here.

by Steve Hall    Jul-31-09    
Topic: Cable, Events

Finally! A Better Way to Manage Facebook Friends


Don't you wish you could do something more with your friends on Facebook that poke them, tag them or comment on their status updates? Well, thanks to the Deep Focus-created Facebook app Make A Friend Famous, now you can.

The application is a Fan page-based contest whereby friends take on the roles of Entourage's E and Vince and manage themselves to the top. People vote for the best client/ manager team and the winners get to appear on a billboard in LA and an all-expenses-paid trip to go see it.

Now stop working and go pretend you're E or Vince.

by Steve Hall    Jul-13-09    
Topic: Cable, Games, Good, Promotions, Social

Forgotten Stepchild Gets :15 of Fame


Station IDs and promotional videos don't get much mention around here. Mostly because they, technically, aren't ads. But their job is quite similar to an ad: to get people to watch a particular show.

So here's one called Fight or Flight for Fuel TV created by Santa Monica-based Elastic. It's just the slap-you-in-the-face wake up call we all need on a Monday morning.

by Steve Hall    Jul-13-09    
Topic: Cable, Good, Video

CNBC Wants Your Eyeballs


CNBC does the financial thing by day but they get all "original programming" at night. To let people know, they've launched some Woods Witt Dealy & Sons-created, program-specific ads to hype the shows. With the headline, "Show Me the Money," one ad touts American Original: Westminster Dog Show, a backstage look at the inner workings of the $43 billion pet industry. PETA?

Another ad carrying the ever-appropriate headline, "Demolished," examines "how the American dream became a nightmare" in a show called How the American Dream Became A Nightmare. Hmm, now that sounds like some seriously depression-inducing programing.

But, hey, we gotta face facts. Pet shows are stupid and the American Dream does not mean everyone should own a home.

See both ads here and here.

by Steve Hall    Feb-26-09    
Topic: Cable, Campaigns

TNT's 'Trust Me' Gives AdGabber Some Lesbian Love


On this week's episode of Trust Me, Adrants' sister site, AdGabber was mentioned in a plot line involving the Sarah Krajicek-Hunter (Monica Potter) character. Apparently, she was labeled a lesbian role model for women in advertising by someone on AdGabber. Of course, she wasn't (on the actual site) and she's not so for the rest of her subplot during the episode, she did all she could to convince everyone otherwise.

While we're very, very, very (did we say very?) pleased to have been mentioned on the show (thank you Hunt and John), we would loved to have worked the plot into the site with a "real" profile. We could have had a lot of fun with it. So, Hunt and John, we're happy to entertain any ideas you might have.

How about a Rothman Greene & Mohr group on the site? Hey, Mad Men did the whole pseudo-character thing on Twitter. Why don't you guys do it with Adgabber?

by Steve Hall    Feb-18-09    
Topic: Announcements, Cable, Social

Comcast to Luddites: GET READY (for __________).


A year and a half ago, a survey was taken pegging seniors as among the most likely to be negatively affected by the upcoming digital TV transition. This crucial trivia wiggled its way into last-minute marketing campaigns with understandable urgency; Adrants reader Rebecca reported getting the ad at left in her mailbox.

"Get Ready for the Digital Transition on February 17, 2009, with FREE Basic Cable," it says. For those that weren't paying attention the first time, an eye-catching balloon tactfully adds, "GET READY BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!"

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 5-09    
Topic: Cable, Direct, Events, Strange

Trust Me. It's A Modern Day Mad Men. Seriously.


Written by actual creatives, Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny, TNT's Trust Me (premiering January 26 at 10PM) will, one hopes, bring life to the tired scenario of family man working with single slacker. While cigarettes and Old Fashions aren't likely to be seen on the show, the premise pairs workaholic family man Mason (Eric McCormack) with "impulsive copywriter with the attention span of a teenager" Conner (Tom Cavanagh), a successful creative team at fictional Chicago agency Rothman Greene & Mohr, and examines their relationship as one becomes the other's boss.

The men, of course, are paired with beautiful women. Erin (Sarah Clarke) is Mason's wife and Sarah Krajicek-Hunter (Monica Potter) plays the role of an award-winning copywriter "whose personality has a tendency to rub people the wrong way."

It will be very interesting watching Mad Men and Trust Me. It's a fair bet the ad business hasn't changed much in 45 years. On TV or in real life.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 6-09    
Topic: Cable

Mad Men Sell Cable, Doomsday Googled, Pizza Tongued

    by Steve Hall    Nov-21-08    
    Topic: Cable, Commercials

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