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McCann Erickson welcomes Sterling Cooper

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 18th 2009 2:24PM
Mad MenSo we all saw legendary ad agency McCann Erickson buy Sterling Cooper in the season finale of Mad Men. Some people might not know that McCann Erickson is a real-life ad agency (that's one of the reasons I love this show, they use real companies and products). Well, the company welcomes Sterling Cooper in this video on their web site.

The agency is also buying big ads in magazines like Adweek and Brandweek to welcome Sterling Cooper. Has their ever been a show based in a particular industry that is loved by the real-life industry it depicts more than Mad Men?

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Here are some videos to hold you over until Mad Men returns

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 10th 2009 5:02PM
OK, that headline is a lie. Nothing can hold us over until Mad Men season 4. We'll just have to suffer until next summer.

But these five Mad Men parodies that our friends at URLesque have compiled are pretty clever. Some are better than others (I still think the Sesame Street one could be better). Here are my two favorites (these might be mildly NSFW).

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Behind the scenes of the Mad Men season finale

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 9th 2009 4:33PM
You've read Allison's review and Joel's take on the Mad Men season finale, and I'd just like to add that I think it was the best episode of any TV series I've seen in years. Brilliant, dramatic, funny, even exhilarating. Here's a behind the scenes look at the episode, including interviews with Matthew Weiner and the cast.

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Commercial spoofs take shots at DirecTV's Chris Farley spot

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 4th 2009 5:02PM
Controversy raged last weekend as fans and media types reacted to a new DirecTV ad using the late Chris Farley in scenes from Tommy Boy. Now, some aggressive YouTubers are taking their shot at offending some people (with DirecTV execs at the top of the list).

The original ad featured a live action David Spade discussing DirecTV against Farley's antics from Tommy Boy. While Spade insisted Farley wouldn't mind, a lot of his fans took offense to using a dead man to hawk a product.

But the video below, from a YouTube page, The Landline, lights up the satellite TV provider with an edgy send-up of the "dead talk cash" stunt with faked DirecTV ads featuring a pseudo Heath Ledger, John F. Kennedy, and someone else you'll recognize.

There's a conspiracy theory floating around that this is actually clever viral marketing from DirecTV itself -- since no publicity is bad publicity. But, if that were true, and word really got out, it'd be "deadly" to the company's business.

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Seth MacFarlane Special Gets New Sponsor: 'Sherlock Holmes'

by Scott Harris, posted Nov 2nd 2009 11:30AM
Seth MacFarlaneThe mystery of who will sponsor Seth MacFarlane's upcoming comedy special has been solved, and the answer turns out to be elementary indeed: Sherlock Holmes.

According to an announcement by Fox during Saturday's World Series pregame show, the 'Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show' special, which originally had been slated to be sponsored by Microsoft, will instead be backed by Warner Bros. as part of their promotional push for the upcoming Robert Downey, Jr. blockbuster 'Sherlock Holmes'.

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'Grey's Anatomy' Airs Most Expensive Ads

by Gary Susman, posted Oct 27th 2009 5:00PM
Grey's AnatomyGot an extra $240,462 stuffed into your mattress? Then you could buy a single 30-second commercial spot on 'Grey's Anatomy,' which, according to a report in Advertising Age, is the most expensive ad buy among primetime scripted network series.

On the other hand, a mere $48,803 will buy you 30 seconds on the new crown jewel in NBC's primetime lineup, 'The Jay Leno Show.'

The Ad Age report, which breaks down the cost for 30-second ads on every fall primetime network show, notes that sponsor spending is down across the board compared to last year, when that same 'Grey's Anatomy' spot would have cost you $326,685. One of the few shows whose ad rates have gone up is 'The Big Bang Theory' ($191,900, compared to $135,357 last year), thanks in part to an improved time slot.

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If TV Squad had a 30-second ad on NCIS, it would cost $133,304

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 26th 2009 5:03PM
So, let's say TV Squad wanted to have a 30-second ad on CBS' highest-rated show, NCIS. It would cost us $133,304. It would actually cost more, because we'd hire scantily-clad dancers, include a 35 pound bag of Doritios, fireworks in the shape of each writer, guest appearances from people like Tina Fey and JJ Abrams, and would have special effects because some of the commercial would be set in outer space for some reason, but I mean CBS would charge us $133,304.

To give you an idea of how that stacks up against other shows on CBS and shows on other networks, here's a quick list.

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This Sunday on Mad Men: a gypsy, a hobo, and an old client returns

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 20th 2009 2:36PM
Reading the plot description for this week's Mad Men, "The Gypsy and the Hobo," and it says that a former client returns to Sterling Cooper and Betty takes the kids on a trip. I'm assuming the trip is without Don/Dick. I wonder if she'll return.

Here's a sneak peek of the episode, and I think it shows the client in question. Not sure who the gypsy refers to or the hobo (perhaps the one Dick met as a kid?).

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Mad Men: Wee Small Hours

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 12th 2009 2:40AM
Sal_Mad_Men(S03E09) Nobody was getting any sleep, or so it seemed, and many people were acting like babies who wanted what they wanted when they wanted it.

Conrad Hilton has become more of a headache to Don, and the way he's being played, he's very Howard Hughes-like to me. Eccentric, powerful, demanding and hard to read. For a master player like Don, it has been unnerving to have Connie pull his strings. Don doesn't like being a marionette.

Don wasn't the only one having his strings yanked. Lucky Strike, in the form of client Lee Garner, Jr., pushed Pete and Harry around, but it was Sal who suffered. And Henry discovered that Betty was more complicated than any Ossining housewife he ever knew. More after the jump.

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This Sunday's Mad Men: Don is still pissy at work

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 9th 2009 4:01PM
One of my favorite scenes from Mad Men this season was the one where Don barked at Peggy. Don doesn't usually explode at people (it simmers underneath) and he and Peggy always had a great relationship, so it was shocking to see him dismiss her that way. Things aren't any better on this Sunday's episode, as this scene below shows. Though to be fair the guys get the brunt of Don's insults.

It's a good scene, plus I'm a sucker for Frank Sinatra references and this episode is called "Wee Small Hours."

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Mad Men: Souvenir

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 5th 2009 2:50AM
Mad Men
(S03E08) "You don't kiss boys, boys kiss you." - Betty, to Sally

I think my favorite episodes of Mad Men are the ones that have a nice balance of Draper household drama and Sterling Cooper advertising drama. It seemed that this episode was going to tilt a lot - too much - towards the former, but about 20 minutes in, both worlds came together in unexpected ways -- Betty going on the business trip to Rome with Don and Pete running into ... well, someone at the department store. We'll talk about that more after the jump.

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Mad Men: The Fog

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 14th 2009 12:56AM
Time is moving on and the time's are a-changing. Sally has had a difficult adjustment to the loss of Grandpa Gene, so much so that Betty and Don actually have to act like parents and attend to her needs. The family was a big part of the episode, not just the Draper family, but the Sterling Cooper family, too. More on the latest Mad Men episode and the changes after the jump.

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Mad Men: The Arrangements

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 7th 2009 12:48AM
Mad Men
(S01E04) "He has no idea how confused America is going to be about that J. - Don, about jai alai

In the late 80s, when I was doing sales and marketing for a national music magazine, the staff played a joke on one of the new salespeople. We had to get a certain number of sales per day and she wasn't having any luck, so I called her phone and pretended to be a customer. I think I told her I was going to buy thousands of dollars worth of magazines. Looking back now it was an immature, cruel thing to do, but I thought of that during tonight's scene with the Sterling Cooper gang calling "Margaret" and pretending to be a potential roommate. People are such jerks.

But this episode was mostly about what happened to Gene...

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Sneak Peek: this Sunday's Mad Men

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 2nd 2009 8:02PM
This clip from Sunday's episode "The Arrangements" doesn't show it, but Don and his father-in-law have a confrontation, probably because of Sally's thieving ways or about Gene staying there in general. Another plot involves Ann-Margret, played by Kelsey Sanders. Should be a good ep.

The clip below shows Don in a bad mood and not happy about more bad news that Ken, Harry, and Sal bring him.

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David Simon says advertising is ruining television

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 1st 2009 11:02AM
Josephine the PlumberEveryone has an opinion about TV commercials. Some people think that advertising is a cancer that has to be erased, and they fast forward through all of the ads when they record a show. Other people love advertising and understand that commercials pay for a lot of our entertainment options (I would put myself in that category). David Simon, creator of The Wire, is in the former category. Is he right?

Is advertising ruining TV?
Yes! TV would be better without ads.227 (35.2%)
Yes, but we have to live with it.210 (32.6%)
No, ads help pay for shows.207 (32.1%)

[via TV Tattle]

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