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Super Bowl Commercials: So-So in 2010

February 8, 2010

Super Bowl commercials this year had their moments: Leno/Oprah/Letterman was a surprise, Doritos had quite a few good ones and I personally liked the beavers playing the fiddles and of course, “House Rules” where a kids slaps some rules into his mother’s date. There was also the Snickers commercial with Betty White and Ave Vigoda which was one of the most popular this year, and won USA Today’s poll for top commercial of the year (see link below).

But, overall, this years commercials pretty much drew a yawn from me. I’ll admit, I’m in the minority who found the “pants off” commercials funny, but there were just too many of them for one to stand out. And of course there was Tim Tebow. The much hyped “Focus on the Family” ad was a dud. I should have known in advance, but I’m glad that it ranked so low (54 out of 65 according to USA Today).

So let’s hear it from the people. What were your favorite commercials this year? Did they live up to expectations?

From USA Today:

For Snickers, it was sweet revenge.

Three years after getting hammered by gay activists for what many felt was an anti-gay Super Bowl commercial, the Mars candy walked off with the Super Bowl’s best-liked commercial in USA TODAY’s Ad Meter.

And there was nothing controversial about it this time — unless you have a problem with old folks getting decked.

“Obviously, we were very, very concerned about portraying a brand like Snickers in the most positive light,” says Carole Walker, head of integrated marketing communication at Mars. “It’s three years later, we’ve done our homework. We’ve done our research. We were absolutely not nervous about the campaign in any way.”

Conan, NBC Reach Exit Deal

January 21, 2010

Conan O’Brien and NBC have agreed to part ways. This comes just seven months after the comedian was named the new host of “The Tonight Show”, following in the footsteps of Jay Leno.

Also, Conan stands to lose all intellectual property rights to characters he created while at NBC including one of my favorites: Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

It appears that O’Brien will host his final episode this Friday. Crazy how things turn so quickly!

Thoughts?

From CNN:

“NBC confirms a deal is signed and an official announcement will be made this morning,” said NBC spokeswoman Allison Gollust.

The network did not provide details on the agreement. But the deal is expected to include a severance payment of about $32 million for O’Brien plus about $12 million for his staff, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

Under the agreement, O’Brien would be able to take another television job in September. The deal is also expected to contain a clause that would prohibit both O’Brien and NBC from making disparaging comments about each other in public.

No Joke: David Letterman Admits Affairs, Extortion Plot

October 1, 2009

David Letterman tonight announced to the audience of his late night talk show that he had sexual relationships with female members of his staff, and added he was part of an extortion plot on the matter.

From ABC News:

Letterman, 62, made the confessions to the audience during a taping of “The Late Show” for broadcast Thursday night, according to a statement by Worldwide Pants Inc., Letterman’s production company.

“This morning, I did something I’ve never done in my life,” Letterman told his audiencet. “I had to go downtown and testify before a grand jury.”

Letterman revealed to the studio audience that he has received a package three weeks ago containing a threat to reveal those indiscretions “if Letterman did not pay the individual a large sum of money” — specified in a later communication as $2 million.

He said that the package contained a letter that said, ” I know that you do some terrible terrible things and I can prove that you do these terrible things… and sure enough what was contained in the package was proof that I do terrible, terrible things.” The audience, mostly likely waiting for the punchline that never came, laughed nervously along as he went on to describe how he called his attorney and then set up a meeting with his blackmailer.

Obama Calls Kanye a Jackass…Listen to the Audio

September 16, 2009

President Barack Obama called Kanye West a “jackass” during an off-the-record comment during an interview with CNBC. TMZ has the audio of this which can be found at the link before.

From TMZ:

The audio was recorded just before Obama went on camera to do an interview with CNBC. Before the interview began, Obama — referring to Kanye’s antics on stage — said “I thought that was really inappropriate,” then adding, “He’s a jackass.”

After making the remarks, Obama said “Where’s the pool?” Presumably, he was worried the joke would go wide. He noted the last time that happened, he got burned for killing a fly.

Kanye West Apologizes on Jay Leno Show

September 15, 2009

Kanye West appeared to blame the pain of his mother’s death two years ago for his behavior at the MTV Video Music Awards.

From CNN:

West’s appearance on Monday’s prime-time premiere of “The Jay Leno Show” capped a 24-hour period that began Sunday evening with him strolling down the red carpet at New York’s Radio City Music Hall while gulping from a bottle of Cognac.

The low-light came about an hour later, when West jumped onstage and grabbed the microphone from singer Taylor Swift as she accepted the Best Female Video award. West declared that Beyonce Knowles should have won.

When Leno asked West what his mother would have thought of his behavior, he fell silent for more than a dozen seconds and appeared near tears. Leno pressed him again.

“Would she be disappointed in this? Would she give you a lecture?”

West gave a rambling, emotional answer:

“Yeah, you know, obviously, you know, I deal with hurt and, you know, so many, you know, celebrities, they never take the time off, and I’ve never taken the time off to really, you know, I just, music after music and tour after tour on tour, and I’m just ashamed that my hurt caused someone else’s hurt.

Ed McMahon Dies at Age 86

June 23, 2009

Ed McMahon, a star on late-night television and sidekick for Johnny Carson on NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” today at age 86.

From Reuters:

The veteran TV personality, best known for his nightly introduction of Carson in a deep, booming voice with the drawn-out line, “Heeeeeeeeere’s Johnny!” died at a Los Angeles-area hospital, spokesman Howard Bragman said.

“He died early this morning with his wife and loved ones by his side,” Bragman said.

McMahon had been battling pneumonia and other illnesses. Bragman declined to confirm or deny reports that the performer had been diagnosed with bone cancer.

Outgoing, affable and possessing a robust, baritone voice, McMahon began his career with stints as a bingo caller, carnival barker and boardwalk pitchman before becoming a broadcast announcer and TV host.

Jay Leno Hospitalized, Cancels Show

April 23, 2009

According to sources at NBC, “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno has taken ill and the taping of his show for this evening has been canceled.

From NBC:

Jay Leno had to cancel today’s taping of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” because of illness, Access Hollywood has learned.

“A repeat of ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ will air tonight as Mr. Leno is not feeling well,” a rep for the show told Access Hollywood.

“He took himself to the hospital because he wasn’t feeling well,” the rep added.

Leno rarely gets sick. Rumors have surfaced the funnyman may be suffering from food poisoning, however that has not been confirmed.