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Battle of the 'Old Spice' Guys: Isaiah Mustafa Goes Up Against Fabio (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 26th 2011 5:45AM
Isaiah vs. FabioIt's going to be sweaty and dirty, but oh-so-great-smelling later today when the old and new 'Old Spice' guys go at each other in the bathroom.

That's right: Isaiah Mustafa has accepted his successor Fabio's challenge to a duel. The two hunks, tongues squarely in cheeks, will face off at 12PM ET Tuesday, in the online showdown billed as "Mano a Mano in El Baño."

Fabio issued the challenge yesterday with the aid of two comedy duelling pistols and Mustafa quickly accepted, ridiculing his opponent's tactics: "A real man would have challenged me to a duel with a left-to-right slap across the face."

Watch the hilarious videos after the jump.

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Super Bowl Commercials 2011 Preview

by AOL TV Staff, posted Feb 4th 2011 4:45PM
Super Bowl commercials 2011

Super Bowl XLV is almost here, but more importantly, the Super Bowl commercials of 2011 are ready for prime time. (Actually, some of them have already made their way onto the Internet.)
This year's Super Bowl commercial lineup includes ads from Audi, Best Buy, Careerbuilder, Coca-Cola Doritos, E-Trade, GoDaddy, Pepsi, Skechers, Snickers, Volkswagen and, of course, Bud Light.

And since a good Super Bowl commercial often includes celebrities, look out for Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Roseanne Barr and Ozzy Osbourne, among others.

Check out some already "leaked" commercials, after the jump ...

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Top 10 TV Commercials of 2010

by Pat Gallagher, posted Dec 18th 2010 11:00AM
E Trade Baby CommercialSince television first became available to Americans (circa 1947), people have been able to relax in the comfort of their own homes to watch a variety of programs – sitcoms, soap operas, sports, made-for-TV movies, variety shows, dramas, talk shows, games shows, reality shows ... well, you get the picture.

The one thing all of these programs have in common? Ugh! Commercials. But wait, hold the phone. Some aren't so bad and actually quite often serve a purpose. They use creative concepts to grab our attention, all while telling us why we should buy their car insurance, apply for their credit cards or watch their upcoming movies. Some commercials actually give us some comedy relief to go with our head cold or heartburn.

We looked back over the year and chose our 10 favorite TV commercials for 2010. See if you agree, then let us know which ones we missed!

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Who You Are May Be Evident in What You Watch

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 4th 2010 6:30PM
'Family Guy'"Only snobbish boors watch 'Mad Men.'"

"You'd have to be a narcissist to watch 'The Real Housewives' shows."

"'Family Guy'? Maybe if I was an immature man-child!"

These kinds of blanket statements permeate our society. We often try to broadly define the personality traits of fans of certain kinds of shows, and more often than not we're deriding others for being into shows that aren't particularly our fancy. That's human nature.

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Nike's 'Rise' Ad: LeBron James Plays Tubbs to Don Johnson's Crockett

by Jane Murphy, posted Oct 28th 2010 1:35PM
"What should I do?" asks basketball superstar LeBron James, in a new Nike ad that reviews the last few months of his turbulent move from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat. The 90-second ad, 'Rise', came to light Monday via Twitter, when King James directed his followers to YouTube.

Arguably, the highlight of the ad, which had its TV premiere Tuesday during TNT's broadcast of the Heat vs. Celtics game, is the appearance of Miami's former king. Decked out in his baby blue v-neck and white linen suit, it's none other than Don Johnson.

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TV Viewers No Longer Tuning In on Thursday Nights

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 25th 2010 2:10PM
'The Big Bang Theory' airs on Thursdays at 8PM on CBSCould the era of Thursday night "Must-See TV" be over?

Once the premier night for advertisers to shill their high-profile products and the weekend's movies, fewer and fewer people are turning on their TVs on Thursday nights. During the first four weeks of the fall television season, only 48.5 million people have tuned in on Thursdays -- 2.2 million people and 4.3 percent fewer than last year, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Among the coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic, Thursday is the fifth-most-watched night of television every week -- a far cry from the 1990s "Must-See TV" heyday.

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Behind the Scenes of Unilever's Retro 'Mad Men' Ads

by Kona Gallagher, posted Sep 3rd 2010 4:00PM
mad men smith winter vintage ad suave unilever
Maybe this happened to you: You're watching 'Mad Men,' and zipping past the commercials on your DVR. All the sudden, it looks like the show has started up again. Except, this isn't the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and these well-coiffed gentlemen are not ones that you have seen before. In fact, you're not watching 'Mad Men' at all -- you're watching a Dove ad.

Or maybe it's a Breyers ad. Or Suave, or one of half a dozen Unilever-owned products. Unilever, a multi-national corporation, owns over 400 brands. For this season of 'Mad Men,' they have chosen six to feature in minute-long retro vignettes. These vignettes take place in fictional ad agency, Smith Winter Mitchell, a slightly less-drunk version of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.

Recently, TV Squad spoke with Stacie Bright, the communications marketing manager for Unilever, about how these vignettes came about, and what we can expect to see during future episodes.

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Was Christina Hendricks Photoshopped in London Fog Ads?

by Ryan McKee, posted Aug 26th 2010 8:00PM
We know the name London Fog is nonsense because Lane explained there is no fog in London during last season's 'Mad Men.' Who says TV turns your brain to mush?

It appears now the classic overcoat company is returning the shout-out favor. They've hired the woman behind everyone's favorite female character, Joan Holloway. Christina Hendricks is the face (and figure) of London Fog's fall ad campaign. This is quite a departure from the label's previous celebrity faces, who include Gisele and Eva Longoria with Tony Parker. People say curves are back and London Fog is taking it seriously. Maybe someone should tell Angelina Jolie?

Or so it seemed the company was taking the curves seriously. Now that the ads are starting to run, grrl-power blog Jezebel has paired the behind-the-scenes photos that ran in OK! magazine with the finished product. It sure seems like London Fog did some slimming of Hendricks' curves in Photoshop. See for for yourself, after the jump ...

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'Mad Men' Got Ad Age All Wrong, Says Exec

by Anna Dimond, posted Jul 26th 2010 4:00PM
Don Draper may be be the big man on campus at Sterling Cooper, but he and his 'Mad Men' crew are coming under fire -- first from from veteran ad executive George Lois, and now from Ad Age editor-in-chief Rance Crain.

In a Monday editorial, Crain criticizes the show for its handling of a cameo from a faux-Ad Age reporter on Sunday's show. In the premiere, which aired July 25, Draper (Jon Hamm) is lunching with a reporter from the publication who asks, "Who is Don Draper?" Ruffled, the handsome exec asks how other people have answered the same question. "They say something cute," the reporter says. "One creative director said [you're] a lion tamer." The reporter is taking notes in shorthand, and tells Draper that his picture "may be bigger than the article."

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The Cottonelle Puppies Through the Years (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 21st 2010 1:30PM
Cottonelle Puppy CommercialsIs there anything cuter than puppies? I think not, and that's probably why Cottonelle chose to use puppies in their toilet paper commercials. Let's face it, when you're talking about toilet paper, it's best to distract us as much as possible from the product's actual use.

I've rounded up a few of my favorite Cottonelle puppy ads through the years, but I didn't realize until our own Joel Keller pointed it out that the voice of the puppy is actually Zach Braff from 'Scrubs'!

Watch the videos after the jump.

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An Extended Scene from 'Fringe' -- Oh Wait, It's a Ford Taurus Commercial

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 1st 2010 5:15PM
Fringe, Season 2 Finale, Extended SceneImagine my excitement when during the 'Fringe' finale, they ran a promo about an extended scene found on the show's official site. I'll take whatever I can get to tide me over until season 3 premieres.

I raced over there to get my fix, but alas, it wasn't much of an extended scene at all -- it featured Walternate and Peter having a conversation as they sped down an alt-universe road in a peppy little car.

And as a bonus, we got the little Easter egg of Walternate fiddling with the car's media center as the two men discussed the song that was playing: 'Hovercraft Mother' by Violet Sedan Chair, a fake band from the Wired Magazine that J.J. Abrams guest edited.

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Which TV Shows Bring In The Most Money?

by Bob Sassone, posted May 4th 2010 6:15PM
network logosIf you had to guess which television shows bring in the most ad revenue, your mind automatically might go to the most popular shows, such as 'American Idol,' 'Dancing with the Stars' and 'Two and a Half Men.' And lo and behold, the obvious is true: The No. 1 ad revenue generator on TV is Fox's 'American Idol,' according to a new list from Forbes.

What other shows made Forbes' list? (Hint: There's nothing there from NBC.) Check out Forbes' top 5 after the jump.

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'Mad Men': Season Three - DVD Review

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 6th 2010 4:04PM
Mad Men season 3What do you look for in a DVD set? Are you the type of person who expects to see a lot of extras (commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, bloopers, deleted scenes, documentaries, etc) because DVDs allow us to have all of those things and it would be a ripoff for the consumer if we didn't get them? Or are you the type of person who is just happy to have the actual episodes to watch over and over again whenever you want and you don't really care about the extras?

You're in the middle? What a politician.

I lean towards the former for newer shows and towards the latter for older shows. Though I would love to have commentaries and features for older shows, I realize that's not always possible. I ask this because the DVD set for the third season of AMC's 'Mad Men' has cast and crew commentaries for every single episode. Let's take a look at that feature and everything else in the set.

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Most Controversial Super Bowl Ads Ever

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 2nd 2010 3:00PM
Standout University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has been grabbing headlines for years with his play on the field, winning the Heisman Trophy, two national championships and numerous other honors. But before he even plays a single down in the NFL, he's already managed to overshadow the upcoming Super Bowl with his actions off the field by filming a controversial pro-life advertisement set to air during the big game.

Welcome to the crazy world of Super Bowl ads, where big business and non-profits alike often push the boundaries in order to make a splash and get some buzz form the biggest television audience of the year.

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Most Memorable Super Bowl Ads

by Scott Harris, posted Jan 27th 2010 4:00PM
The Super Bowl is fast approaching and for millions of Americans that means it's almost time to watch the biggest television event of the year. No, not the football game, silly: the commercials.

Over the past four decades, the Super Bowl has emerged not only as the biggest sporting event in the country but, more importantly to many people, one of the biggest cultural events. And a big part of the package is the array of innovative and memorable commercials that debut during the game; with so many eyes glued to the tube, advertisers have an unparalleled opportunity to seize instance name recognition, usually, it seems, by employing some combination of monkeys, talking animals and slapstick humor.

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