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Watch a lot of commercials whenever you’re able

Filed under : TV
On February 22, 2008
At 9:05 am
Comments : 14

It’s Friday, the snow is a-coming down, and I’ve already written about serious and valuable things this week. And so, here is a post about nothing at all important. If you’re one of the majority of my readers, you’re not from the New York area, and therefore are unfamiliar with the topic at hand or at least the specifics. I have ReplayTV and not only that, the last model they made that comes with “commercial skip” and automatically skips all the ads by working on some fancy algorithm involving the bit of dark space that comes between them and the content. So I rarely watch commercials outside of live sporting events (people always ask me, “does it skip the commercials on live TV?” uh, no, that’s not really possible.) and the morning news. This last one is the worst because I watch NY1 and they only seem to have local (read: cheap, cheesy, awful) commercials. So much so that when I saw a national commercial this morning for cranberry juice, I was startled.

Thus, I thought I would highlight the very best and worst local ads I’ve seen. You know, because you don’t see enough in your own locality.

This first one is 100%, no question, my least favorite ad running on TV today. All of TV. Which sucks for me because it’s on every single morning on NY1, usually multiple times. I often change the channel or mute the TV as soon as I hear the opening notes and it’s not like I’m sitting in front of the thing holding the remote. I’m doing morningy things like brushing my teeth and bemoaning having to go to work when it’s a-snowing. It’s obviously a take-off on Sex & the City but I find it smarmy, stereotype-indulgent, poorly acted, and ridiculously stupid. The women in it grate on me like the beep of an alarm clock. Which you know from an earlier post I don’t actually own.

I couldn’t even find it on YouTube, I had to record it and post it on there myself. Of course I knew it would be on. It’s on every fucking day.

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The second one is the polar opposite. Fun! Catchy! Entertaining! And around here either totally beloved or completely loathed. But always known. As a matter of fact, because it’s for a rival cable company, they don’t show it on NY1 which is owned by Time Warner. People used to sing it at work! And I had no idea what they were talking about. And then I saw it. And then I saw it four hundred times. It was inescapable, but in a good way! Because I just adore it, it’s catchier than an Abba song. It was even on Gawker. A guy at work actually has an interpretation as to the subtext of the ad, that the lobster guy at the end is an evil presence, a harbinger of bad things (like having Time Warner cable, I guess). But I don’t believe that at all. Look at his dopey smile, mi gente. If you live in this area, the phrase “mi gente” has already clued you in, I’m sure, on which ad I’m referring to. If not, you will have this phone number memorized in the next 30 seconds. And it will permeate your dreams.

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Title comes from the above commercial, natch. Have a great weekend!


14 Comments for this post

  1. Pious B says:

    877-393 4…4…4…8!
    Who needs a boyfriend when you can have a Carmel limo driver?

  2. Judy says:

    Love, love, love the cable commercial – thanks for sharing.

    One other thing – hate to point out an inconsistency in your posts, but I could have sworn you loved NYC in the snow. You even took a picture of it.

  3. Becca says:

    Pi, I know. I mean, he comes when I call! *cough*

    Judy, no problem! I should clarify. I adore snow. I meant I was sorry I had to go to work instead of being able to go out and enjoy the snow. We sadly don’t have sled days.

  4. sarpon says:

    But I don’t understand. HD is free and something about international calling? They’re not actually bundling cable TV and phone service for thirty bucks a month, are they? Why, soon everyone will want to live in New York.

  5. Girlnextdoortn says:

    I think I like the beach towels representing the countries the best.

  6. kay says:

    Is it wrong that I can recite Carmel’s telephone number like Rainman? I mean, I don’t even live there. If I did, I’d call him every night….

  7. Alex says:

    Actually, I’d seen the Carmel limousine service ad, and I thought it was pretty execrable. (If, indeed, anything can be “pretty execrable.” That seems a little like being “somewhat unique,” but I digress.)

    But then, after I played the cable commercial, I had to go reread the post to make sure I knew which one was the commercial you hated. I guess if I were a New Yorker, I’d be a loather. I’ll have to add it to my list of Things Becca Loves That I Don’t Get.

  8. Alfa says:

    You just know the line “watch a lot of channels whenever you’re able” was some dink of an ad rep’s idea of a rap lyric.

    I’m going to throw a boot through the tv screen if they don’t stop running that commercial soon.

  9. Becca says:

    TN, me too! And the guy buried in the sand next to them.

    Kay, I think it’s not a coincidence that it contains 666 not once but twice.

    Alex and Alfa, haters! Haters! 😀

  10. Alex says:

    I prefer “loather.”

    And who’da thought, after all that Red Sox/Yankees talk, you’d call me out on THIS?

  11. KP says:

    Nothing is catchier than an ABBA song, but that one comes awfully close.

  12. Alfa says:

    I thought I knew you…

  13. Becca says:

    Hm, the Yankee fans seem to like this commercial. Coincidence? I think not.

  14. Alex says:

    No, Becca, I think that explains a lot. In fact, probably we both do.

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