14 years ago I started watching NBC's ER. 14 years later I'm still watching. Despite Marc Berman's continual trashing of the show in his MediaWeek column and his urging NBC to cancel, the show continues to shine. It's had its ups and downs but it continues to deliver solid, entertaining drama.
Last night's episode really stood out. After a nine-year absence, Gloria Reuben's Jeannie Boulet character made an appearance with her son who, as she did many years ago, suffers from HIV and was treated by Dr. Pratt who was undergoing difficulty maintaining his status as chief of the ER.
For Sri Lankan society magazine Hi!, Leo Burnett Solutions Inc. put together three ads with a dark (but friendly!) feel.
The tagline: "Everyone smiles for Hi!" The angle: Even in miserable situations (a funeral, a riot, a stampede of Nazis or psychotic clowns) you're still gonna smile for a Hi! photographer.
The effort will appear on TV and in magazines, as well as at high society functions in the form of what the PR people call "quirky activations." Is that a euphemism for "overhead projectors"?
Ooh, fun. Heat, SF shot us this ad for Speed ProStreet, a game by EA Games.
The spot glides between real video imagery and gritty animation, which still exhibits a dull gleam of reality. And the music brings you back to the first time you watched Rebel without a Cause, when so much was on the line in that one game of chicken. You know, before James Dean started crying and shit.
The agency hoped to leave gamers with the sense that "every battle counts" on both real or virtual streets. (We're sure mom will love that manifesto when it's spouted over her kid's next speeding ticket.)
The spots will run on ESPN and other gamer-friendly stations.
Hey Heinz, remind all the women in Pittsburgh why football fills them with resentment, why don't you.
This spot was created by Garrison Hughes, Pittsburgh for the Heinz History Center. Its purpose is to generate traffic for the Heinz History Center's Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
Here's another spot from the same campaign. We don't feel super turned-on by them, but maybe we'd feel differently if we saw the spots from the Jumbotron in Heinz field, which is one of the places these ads will be airing.
You've gotta love a country that isn't politically correct 24/7 by shying away from the fact people drink alcohol. Oh sure, Americans drink all kinds of alcohol on a regular basis but we like to equate drinking to some artificial social status or lifestyle and we never, ever talk about getting a hangover. After all, everyone in America has been beaten over the head with the "drink responsibly" message.
While Sky Vodka did tout it's hangover-free qualities several years back but, for the most part, we don't like to talk about the simple fact alcohol makes you drunk and gives you a hangover if you drink too much of the stuff.
To get people shopping at Ikea for the holidays (presumably to buy lamps, halogen light bulbs and bed sets?), zig put together this cute little spot. The punchline's no surprise, but the music cues just in time to pry a smile out of us.
Oh, it feels like Christmas.
If so inclined, put together a wish list to drop not-so-subtle hints.
Here are some new spots for Freelers, a snack from the fine folk who brought you Barilla. Put together by StrawberryFrog, Amsterdam for the Italian market, Freelers are positioned as little "anti-break" (as in, for anytime) snacks. There's also an "anti-break" challenge that will be promoted on MTV Italia.
See Bowling and Bedroom.
We'll tell you what -- if a bunch of assholes dressed like giant snack food burst in on our afternoon delight, we wouldn't accept their little crackers and let them tuck us in. But hey, maybe it's different in Italy.
Hey. Whatever happened to Corn Nuts?
This new Visa spot by TBWA\Chiat\Day is called Rock It. The slogan: "Life takes rhythm. Life takes Visa."
Like Visa's last attempt at holiday cheer, it's horrible and depressing.
We're not really sure what to say about this movie trailer for Teeth, aside from that it involves a gynecology appointment gone horribly awry and an INSATIABLE VAGINA FULL OF TEETH.
And really grotesque punning involving roses.
Imagination is a seriously fucked-up place. Props out to Candace from DC, who sent it to us.
- Ha, ha, ha! Serves the company right. Google is penalizing paid editorial ad company PayPerPost by removing the PageRanks of blogger who use the system. Won't be long before bloggers bail on the system leaving PayPerPost with nothing but a lot of unsold inventory and a pool of red ink. Give it up guys. The ad model was dead from the moment it was conceived.
- If you're wondering if that vendor you are considering working with is any good, you might want to check out Agency Vendors, a site on which people in the ad industry who have worked with various vendors can post reviews for the rest of the industry to check out.
- If you ever wondered what happened to the Fatty Turkey from Fatty Turkey Brand Whole Frozen Turkeys, you can get the story here. Hey, it's advertising trivia. Great conversation starter fodder for that next cocktail party you go to.
- Here's a sneak peek at the 12th Annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show which occurred last night at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood but won'r air on TV until December 4.