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Awesome news: Jenny Slate (of SNL and Marcel the Shell fame) is going to guest star on Parks and Rec as Jean-Ralphio’s twin sister.
See Happy Endings. See The Big Bang Theory. See Three’s Company.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Friends was not a good show. 10 television shows from the 90’s that you think you loved…that were actually horrible.
Also included: Mad About You, Home Improvement, Wings, Kenan and Kel, and yes, Friends. I love the contrarian spin on this (kudos Flavorpill), but something tells me it’s going to kick up some controversy.
If we’re doing this I’m going to add Step By Step and Sister Sister. Do you agree with their choices of actually bad 90s shows?
PS: Please direct all hate mail to Flavorpill.
Turns out that 20th Century Fox Television — the studio behind Mother — has been selling promotional spots in syndicated episodes to wring even more money out of the sitcom’s already rich syndication deals. Specifically, the feat is accomplished by a partnership with a company, SeamBI, which stands for Seamless Brand Integration and is responsible for digitally altering old episodes with new products and brands.
Here are some more photo examples of the advertising at work (the top one being particularly ironic)…
The company’s CEO Roy Baharav tells EW that he believes this type of product placement is going to be part of the future, especially as the value of commercials decreases and DVR watching increases.
He also says, ““Everything is designed in such a way that it’s going to feel natural. We’re not going to risk any integrity of the content.”
Maybe he hasn’t seen an episode of How I Met Your Mother? Because if he had, he’d understand that time continuity is an integral part of the show’s narrative. These episodes weren’t only shot in 2006 and 2007, but they take place specifically in 2006 and 2007. Putting in anachronistic ads takes the viewer out of the story immediately. That’s why this whole thing went viral yesterday in the first place. I’d love to hear what creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays have to say about this.
That said, my loyalty to and knowledge of the show is fueling my opinion. In the example of My Name Is Earl (which also features such retrofitted ads), I’m not as opposed, though I still believe it’s a distraction.
HUB has a pretty good late night schedule.
I’m suddenly nostalgic for Nick at Nite, which is nostalgic in itself.
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ABC just loves gobbling up other networks unwanted shows (see Scrubs).
Christine might go because CBS is so high on its current comedy pilots that it’s looking to dump all half-hour shows not named How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, or Two and a Half Men and plug in three new comedies in the fall instead (Sorry,Garry Unmarried and Accidentally on Purpose!). Apparently ABC has been trying to lure Christine over for three years, so it’d be a truly heartwarming tale if it actually ended up happening this time.
While I don’t personally watch New Adventures of Old Christine, I’m skeptical of CBS putting so much faith in their new comedy pilots and unceremoniously dropping some well established others (excluding Accidentally). That said Old Christine is a beyond perfect fit for the 8 pm slot of ABC’s Wednesday comedy block.