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Super Bowl Live Blog at Asylum

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 6th 2010 1:30PM
Super Bowl logoIf you're looking for a fun way to enhance your Super Bowl XLIV viewing experience, our own Danny Gallagher will be live blogging the game over at Asylum.

Danny has a vested interest in the game, since he grew up in New Orleans and is super excited to see his hometown team, the New Orleans Saints, bring home the Vince Lombardi trophy. After all, it's been 43 years since they've made a Super Bowl appearance. It's time, people. The Indianapolis Colts will just have to try again some other year.

Danny will also be Livetweeting Super Bowl Sunday at Asylum starting at 6PM ET, along with Asylum and NPR contributor Renny MacKay. You can join in that conversation by using the #AsylumSB hashtag. In fact, check it out now, because the conversation has already started. What did we do before live blogging and tweeting? We led such lonely, distant lives. But not anymore!

Go Danny! Go Saints!

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What to Watch: February 6-7

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 6th 2010 6:00AM
'Super Bowl XLIV' (Sun., 2PM, CBS)
Okay, so kick-off of the NFL championship game, between the New Orleans Saints (who make their first-ever Super Bowl appearance) and the Peyton Manning-led Indianapolis Colts doesn't happen 'til about 6PM, but Super Bowl is an all-day event, so tune in early for predictions, team previews and plenty of entertainment. 'American Idol' champ-turned-country music superstar Carrie Underwood will sing the National Anthem at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, while Queen Latifah sings "America the Beautiful" and The Who performs at half time (and we trust there's no chance of wardrobe malfunctions there, hmmm fellas?). On the classic rockers' set list: "Baba O'Riley," "Pinball Wizard," "Who Are You" and "Won't Get Fooled Again." It also wouldn't be a Super Bowl broadcast without those buzzmaking TV ads, and among this year's spots (which cost $2.8 million for each 30-second clip): a Snickers ad with TV legends Betty White and Abe Vigoda, a new promo for 'Iron Man 2' and a Focus on the Family spot that's already sparked a controversy.

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Focus on the Family Tackles Super Bowl With Pre-Game Ad

by Gary Susman, posted Feb 5th 2010 12:45PM
In a move certain to amplify the controversy - and free publicity - it has already generated, Focus on the Family has announced it's running a second Super Bowl ad.

Like the first ad, the second spot, which will air four times during CBS' pregame show, also features Heisman Trophy-winner Tim Tebow and his mother, Pam, according to USA Today. No word on the second commercial's content or cost, but it seems certain to add to the outrage among abortion-rights advocates, who have questioned the first ad's accuracy and fairness and have protested CBS' seeming double standard in cooperating with conservative organizations to get their advocacy ads on the air while snubbing liberal issue ads.

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Drew Brees Has One Commercial That's Better Than Peyton Manning's

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 4th 2010 5:22PM
drew_brees_traffic_jam_ESPNWith the Super Bowl just a couple of days away, there's been tons of attention paid to both the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts players. And it's all justifiable. After all, they've made it to the ultimate NFL game. But when it comes to commercials, the king is most likely Peyton Manning. Whether it's "Cut that meat" or Sony TVs or licking the inside of Oreo cookies with his brother Eli, Peyton has the upper hand on the entire NFL in ads.

But wait, there is another quarterback in the Super Bowl, Drew Brees, and he has at least one commercial that ranks right up there with the funniest stuff either Manning has done. It was a 'This is SportsCenter' promotion for ESPN.

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HuffPo compiles the best banned Super Bowl ads

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 4th 2010 10:13AM
Even though CBS has hacked and slashed an abnormally large number of Super Bowl ads, they aren't the first and they sure as hell won't be the last.

The Huffington Post has compiled a list of some of the more outrageous banned Super Bowl ads including the steamy PETA "veggie sex" ad and this ad for Smartbeep that has been floating around the Internet for years but didn't know until now that it was supposed to air during the Super Bowl. Thank you, Internet. You're the teacher that none of my teachers could ever be.

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Spike.com Presents 'Commercial Bowl' 2010

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 4th 2010 9:02AM
Spike.comThere's a problem with having the most-watched sporting event of the year on your channel: not everybody watches sports. Usually the event can pull in non-sports fans (like myself) by having a myriad of clever commercials that one could not see at any other time of the year. Spike.com thought of this and is having the 'Commercial Bowl', which will show commercials from the just-broadcast Super Bowl as well as commercial highlights from the previous eight years worth of the "Big Game".

It's a clever idea and obviously successful if this is the ninth year. It's more tempting now to simply wait for the game to be over and click on over to Spike.com. This concept does lend itself to some questions, though. Will the videos for each commercial have commercial breaks in between? Are the people that made the commercials in question actually sponsoring the event or do the users have to put up with banner ads as well as commercials?

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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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Puppy Bowl VI Aims to Out-Cute Super Bowl XLIV

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 2nd 2010 1:29PM
Sure the National Football League might have the money, the talent and the millions of dollars in hotly contested advertising revenue, but they don't have puppies.

That's why Animal Planet is returning their annual festival of cute that is the Puppy Bowl for their sixth year, set to air from 3 to 5 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 7.

This year's showdown will include old favorite such as shots from the world-famous "bowl cam" and some new twists such as a new blimp-cam and bunnies dressed as cheerleaders. Warning: it's bound to be so cute that Discovery Networks will not be held responsible for broken TV due to excessive hugging.

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Bruce Willis is a New York Jets Fan (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 2nd 2010 3:14AM
David Letterman, Bruce Willis, New York JetsIf there was any doubt whether Bruce Willis is a New York Jets fan, he set the record straight on 'The Late Show With David Letterman' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS).

Bruno burst onto the stage wearing a green and white Sanchez jersey, carrying pom poms and cheering his little heart out. "Nobody in the history of this show has ever made an entrance like that!" exclaimed Letterman. "It was fantastic!"

Yeah, maybe. And a little frightening, too. Maybe Willis is having a mini-breakdown over the fact that the Jets were eliminated from the Super Bowl last Sunday.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Is 'Undercover Boss' the Next Great Reality Show?

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Feb 1st 2010 9:02PM
Undercover Boss sends CEOs into the field to see how their employees get along.The time slot right after the Super Bowl is usually a good place to air. And CBS is hoping that holds for its new reality show, 'Undercover Boss.'

With more than 100 million viewers set to tune in, some are too lazy, too stuffed with party food or (let's face it) too drunk to change the channel. So, they'll stick around for whatever comes on after the final whistle. This year, it's

The new pilot is a stealth reality show -- looking to combine the cheap, easy ingredients of interoffice drama, humor and shock reveals. The title is self-explanatory, but the premise takes a large company and sends its CEO in as an average employee. As that CEO mixes and mingles with his fellow employees, he gets to see what their days are like, whether they enjoy their jobs, etc.

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New truTV Show Hyped with Troy Polamalu Super Bowl Ad

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 1st 2010 9:00PM
Steelers safety Troy Polamalu truTV Super Bowl ad for NFL Full Contact Now that the NFL has moved the Pro Bowl to the week before the big game, the Super Bowl will be the last TV event on the football schedule for the year. During Sunday's game, truTV will hype a new show, called 'NFL Full Contact,' with an ad starring Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, or, as he is known in the ad, Punxsutawney Polamalu.

In the ad, a mini version of Polamalu (by the magic of green screen, played by Polamalu and wrestler Steve Richardson, a.k.a. Puppet the Psycho Dwarf) gets pulled out of a tree stump and sees his shadow. Thus, six more weeks of football. Meaning, of course, six weeks of 'NFL Full Contact.'

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CBS Sports Expects 100 Million Super Bowl Viewers

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Feb 1st 2010 8:30PM
Peyton Manning will lead the Indianapolis Colts into Superbowl 44.CBS expects Sunday's Super Bowl XLIV to be the most watched television program in history. And the network is looking to make a mint on the big game after managing to sell every available ad slot for the broadcast.

The problem is a couple of those ads were sold to odd buyers when you consider that this is supposed to be a massive entertainment event. People are supposed to have fun watching the game they've waited all season to see. It's a reach to ask them to think about heavy socio-political issues.

The network estimates more than 100 million viewers will tune in this weekend when Peyton Manning (right) and the Indianapolis Colts take on Drew Brees and the upset-minded New Orleans Saints. The Saints look to be the sentimental favorite as the city struggles to rebuild from Hurricane Katrina.

Meanwhile, the Colts are playing in their second Super Bowl in the last three years -- having beaten the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

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Coca-Cola gives us a sneak peak at their Simpsons Super Bowl ad

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 31st 2010 5:06PM

Since I started writing for this site, I've had the pleasure of seeing episodes of shows like Dexter and Leverage before anyone else. I've had the pleasure of conversing with some of the industry's most interesting characters. But now I know I've truly made it: I got to watch a Super Bowl ad before the rest of the world. Who wants to touch me?

This year's Super Bowl will, of course, feature new commercials for Coca-Cola including a rather interesting one featuring that mecca of brand advertising, The Simpsons.

It actually takes quite an interesting turn from what you might expect. It's not all that silly. It's actually quite sad and even sullen, compared to ads featuring the show's characters in campaigns for Butterfinger and KFC. Watch it for during the game, even if you're like me and you actually watch the Super Bowl for the actual Super Bowl.

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Watch for the Griswolds during the Super Bowl

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 31st 2010 10:00AM
chevy_chase_beverly_dangelo_homeawayApparently we're in the midst of a Chevy Chase revival. Not only is the former Saturday Night Live star, the first to become a breakout movie star, currently making good on the NBC sitcom Community, he's getting commercial work, too.

Not just the MyTouch one that's been around for a while -- with other SNL'ers Darrell Hammond, Dana Carvey and Molly Shannon -- but now he's going to star in a Super Bowl ad.

Actually co-star. In a spot for HomeAway.com, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo will be the Griswolds again, reprising their National Lampoon Vacation characters.

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Sunday's SNL special to feature a healthy dose of Peyton Manning

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 29th 2010 10:00PM
Peyton Manning on Saturday Night LiveExpect to see a lot of Peyton Manning this Sunday on SNL Presents: Sports All-Stars, according to Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis. Forte and Sudeikis are hosting the two-hour prime time show (Jan. 31, 9 p.m. EST) as Twinkle and Stink, their ESPN Classic sports announcer characters. All-Stars will feature the best of the show's sports-related sketches from the vaults.

In a conference call with media earlier this week, Forte in particular was impressed with Manning, who will quarterback the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl next week against the New Orleans Saints.

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