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Get Ready for McTV: McDonald's to Launch In-Store TV Channel

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 17th 2011 7:15AM
Big Mac and friesYou want a side of TV with those fries? If so, great news: McDonald's TV channel could be coming to a fast-foood restaurant near you.

The 'Los Angeles Times' reports that the burger giant is launching its own in-store TV channel over the next few months, with content provided by reality TV impresario Mark Burnett ('Survivor'), BBC America and KABC-TV Eyewitness News.

The concept has already been trialled in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego, and the company aims to have it up and running soon in over 800 branches of McDonald's in Southern and Central California. With an audience estimated at a Big Mac-tastic 18-20 million viewers each month, the new channel could land one of the largest daytime audiences in the area.

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Watch Julianna Margulies in a McDonald's Commercial From 1991 (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 17th 2011 12:30PM
Julianna MarguliesBefore she was 'The Good Wife,' and even before she was an Emmy-winning 'ER' nurse, Julianna Margulies was an enthusiastic McDonald's patron. Well, in a commercial at least.

In this hilariously early 1990s commercial found by The Insider, Margulies shills for Mac Jr., a smaller Big Mac. She just wants a Big Mac that fits her appetite at a reasonable price, you guys.

Margulies pals around with two other actresses clad in oh-so-bright simple colors, seemingly pleased with their Mac Jr. for 99 cents.

'The Good Wife Star' isn't the only one who got her start in commercials. Tina Fey's 1995 bank commercial recently surfaced, proving she's pretty much Liz Lemon. Watch Margulies' commercial below, plus check out a few others featuring stars before they hit it big!

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James Franco on Learning How to Act -- While Working at McDonald's and Being Semi-Homeless (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 8th 2010 1:45AM
James Franco on Learning How to Act -- While Working at McDonald's and Being Semi-HomelessWould you like an actor with those fries? During his appearance on 'Inside the Actors Studio' (Tue., 8PM ET on Bravo), James Franco revealed that he learned the craft of acting while dishing out hamburgers at a McDonald's drive-through window.

James dropped out of college to become an actor, but his parents weren't about to support him financially. After leaving school, he was broke ... and quasi-homeless (he slept in friends' cars, or on the docks at the waterfront).

While working at McDonald's, James started attending Playhouse West, one of the best acting schools in the world. Naturally, he couldn't afford the tuition. But Robert Carnegie -- who ran the school -- let him take classes at a reduced price. While speaking of his old drama coach, Franco started to choke up. "He was the one person who said, 'You should take a chance on yourself.'"

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An Open Letter to the People Who Hate Ronald McDonald

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 1st 2010 2:35PM
Ronald McDonaldDear Corporate Accountability International,

First, congratulations on the awesome name for your organization. I think you might have just created a new show for CBS. 'CAI: Boston.' From the creators of CSI. A team of social do-gooders investigate corporations and try to stop evil advertising mascots from taking over the world. New this fall!

I picture Tim Daly and Jennifer Garner in the roles (if they're not available, maybe Dean Cain and Katee Sackhoff?).

I have to tell you though, I'm not at all happy about your attempt to get McDonald's to drop Ronald McDonald from their TV commercials and other ads.

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McDonald's Filet-O-Fish Commercial: Annoying or Awesome?

by Ryan McKee, posted Mar 8th 2010 3:30PM
It took a year to get that low-fi, Casio-keyboard jingle out of your head. Big Mouth Billy Bass and floating Filet-O-Fish sandwiches even appeared in your nightmares. Now, just when you thought it was safe to watch commercials again, McDonalds' strikes again.

"Give me back that Filet-O-Fish, give me that fish (oooooo!)"

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Long before I'm Lovin' It, McDonald's commercials featured a purple thing

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 9th 2009 2:28PM
McDonald's commercials used to feature H.R. Pufnstuf-like characters and storylines. But they were great. Now we get "I'm Lovin' It," which I think is one of the lamest tag lines in fast food history.

Continuing our month-long look at Christmas commercials, this one features Grimace and Birdie and is from 1987.

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Want Fries With that? Meredith Vieira Works at McDonald's on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 2nd 2009 11:36AM
In a stunt similar to one of David Letterman's most famous gags, diners got a side order of hijinks as 'Today's' Meredith Vieira worked the drive-through at a suburban McDonalds.

Vieira botched orders and was generally contentious, but customers took it in stride as they worked their way through the drive-through eager for cheeseburgers, fries and other McDonald's fare.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Giant chickens protest The Jay Leno Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 7th 2009 4:27PM
protestors at Leno's showThis is not a scene from auditions for a Saturday Night LIve sketch or Let's Make A Deal audience members who are lost. It's PETA protesting the fact that The Jay Leno Show is sponsoring a McDonald's Monopoly contest.

I don't know much about this controversy, but I really enjoy eating chicken.

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Someone is killing the great TV commercial icons

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 14th 2009 4:25PM
What would have if some Saw-like serial killer was killing TV commercial icons? That's the premise of the video below. It looks like a movie trailer but it's really an ad for an event called Night of the Adeaters, a party that's going to be held in various cities on September 25, celebrating the best in ads.

[via Adfreak]

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Happy Meals with Klingons

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 2nd 2009 1:30PM
Star TrekThanks to the magic of the Internet, we can now recall that around the time the Star Trek franchise was moving from television to movies with Star Trek: The Motion Picture (waaayyyyy back in the 70's), apparently Paramount had Klingons shilling for McDonald's Happy Meals. No, seriously.

It makes me wonder exactly what was in the Happy Meals that made the Klingons like it so much. Wasn't it established during Star Trek: The Next Generation that Klingons like to eat live worms? Perhaps that was in place of the french fries. I recall eating a Happy Meal or two back in the day and don't recall eating anything that would be palatable to a Klingon.

I'm sure there has been much sillier Star Trek merchandise being pushed since then given the ubiquity of the franchise, but this commercial did make me laugh a little. Here's the video so you can judge for yourself.

[via Topless Robot]

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Guess what's so special about this McDonald's ad

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 23rd 2009 1:35PM
Here's what to do with the video below: watch it for about 27 seconds and then hit pause. Can you guess what's special about the commercial? Answer after the jump.

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McDonald's is lovin' two guys who share one nose

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 3rd 2009 3:29PM
I like seeing commercials from overseas. They aren't usually something we'll see on American television, so it's good that the web can fulfill all of our foreign advertising needs. This European McDonald's ad shows a nightmarish world where two guys share one nose. I can't imagine something that two guys could share that would be so creepy and uncomfortable.

OK, I can imagine one thing.

[via AdFreak]

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Andy Dick ain't lovin' McDonald's

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 19th 2009 7:01PM
If you came here from Google after searching for "Andy Dick," "Ronald McDonald," "chicken," and "machete," then this is the post for you. Andy Dick teamed up with PETA to protest in front of the offices of McDonald's about the way the company treats their chickens. Looks a little bit like a low-budget version of The Dark Knight. More pics here.

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Brought To You By ... Steve Carell, Jason Alexander, and a hobbit who loves cheese - VIDEOS

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 10th 2009 10:02AM
Jason AlexanderThis month we're taking a look at celebrities who did TV commercials.

Whenever you get into any profession, you have to start at the bottom. The TV business is no exception. The stars you see in prime time today probably cut their teeth working in TV commercials. Heck, some of them still do TV commercials even after they become big stars (but it's often overseas...shhhhhhhh).

After the jump, a sampling of TV commercials from years ago that star celebrities who are now household names. If you're old enough to remember these commercials, you'll probably say to yourself, "Oh yeah, I remember this ad, but I didn't realize that he was in it!"

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30 Rock update: Fey says it wasn't product placement (and that's not her on Twitter)

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 14th 2009 9:03AM
Tina FeyYesterday, we asked you what you thought of the McDonald's product placement on 30 Rock in Thursday's episode. Last night, we found out that it wasn't product placement at all.

Tina Fey herself released a statement explaining all of the McDonald's talk in the episode (and reveals that the Tina Fey on Twitter isn't her):

"It gives me great pleasure to inform you that the references to McDonald's in last night's episode of 30 Rock were in no way product placement. (Nor were they an attempt at product placement that fell through.) We received no money from the McDonald's Corporation. We were actually a little worried they might sue us. That's just the kind of revenue-generating masterminds we are.

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