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I’m getting a lot of positive feedback around my recent appearance on Antique Roadshow. Here’s a quick synopsis in case you missed it.

I brought my Dad on the program. The appraiser took one look at him and said “You’re right, he is cheap!”

Antique Road Show

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THIS BLOG ENTRY WAS STARTED IN OCTOBER 2012 AND RELEGATED TO DRAFT STATUS AS MY DVR WAS AT 98%…PRIORITIES. I’M FINALLY READY TO RELEASE:

One of my favorite seasons is the Fall TV Premiere Season. As a child I can recall how I was clamoring for the commercials in late August to catch a slight glimpse at the TV magic which awaited the viewer. One of my favorite fall seasons was in 1979 when ABC brought us the gem that was Hart to Hart. It was the delightful who-dun-it centered around amateur detectives for fun who were also a millionaire couple by night. Stefanie Powers and Robert Wagner lit up the screen (and the bedroom) solving crimes and loving each other to the hilt. The cast was complete with Max, their codger of a butler, and the incomparable Freeway. He was a scene stealing dog who in this blogger’s humble opinion stole the show!

As i reminisce about the good old days I think ‘they don’t make em like they used to.’ My love of TV has been tested what with mid season replacements and extended hiatuses. Tell me you aren’t longing for the day two years later when Don Draper will blow smoke in your face? I fear that poor Master Crawley will bleed out if Downton Abbey doesn’t resume quickly and don’t even get me started about those Walkers! The Walking Dead is crawling back to the screen having been hampered by budget cuts and the rising cost of blood flavored corn syrup.

As I think about this I wonder if it’s something to be ashamed of and fearful to acknowledge?

Is there a 12 step program for TV addiction and if there is what happens if the series is cancelled before episode 7? Who will be the special guest? Will there be a spin-off? These days most series hardly go 12 episodes… It brings a whole new meaning to the term sponsorship!

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I recently saw an advertisement for Depends highlighting how fashionable they really could be for the American incontinent consumer. The scene opens on a red carpet and an interviewer asks Lisa Rinna (star of television, stage, and botched plastic surgery) if she will try the new Depends fashion brief. She agrees immediately even though she doesn’t need to wear them. She soon returns looking dynamite and slimmer than in the previous scene and might I add that the briefs really made her lips pop! This brings up a lot of issues for me ranging from fashion to self control.

Fashion is important to me and has been all my life. I recall the sense of pride I felt when I donned a Members Only jacket. I had a lot riding on that fashion selection and I like to think that getting that jacket was a turning point for me. People were going to welcome me, after all, I’m now a Member. Self control has always been on my mind as I have very little of it at any given time. I wore that jacket morning, noon, and night and possible past it’s fashion peak. Come to think of it, when I finally took off the coat I was the only Member.

Now as I write this I get it. It doesn’t matter how good you look or which designer is on your back if you have an accident. That will never fly on the runway. It’s also not recommended for clothes that you plan on wearing again or returning to Macy’s because you truly couldn’t afford them.

Depends has also created an ad geared to the male consumer. In this spot the Depends models are professional football players. Now in my opinion football players are a smart move (no pun intended). They are perfect candidates for this product. Have you seen how tight those uniforms are and all the equipment? These guys are the poster children for needing to relieve yourself anytime or anywhere. And given this past season’s referee strike it must have been comforting for the players to know they weren’t the only people on the field full of…

As I write this blog, I see that my feelings are conflicted regarding these ads. I feel sad for Lisa and those football players. Imagine their initial excitement at the prospect of becoming the national spokesperson for a industry leading product with both tv and print ads. Then to realize its for adult diapers! Oohhh! My thoughts also go out to the Depends advertising department. I’m sure they dropped a load on this campaign.

It is worth noting that I’m wearing a pair of the briefs now and the words are writing themselves!

Lisa Rinna Depends Commercial

NFL players Depends Commercial

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