Free Credit Score – The Original Band Is BACK!

It’s no secret that I actually *like* commercials, because I’ve written about that before. It’s also no secret that I might very well be, the last person, ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET, who STILL watches television in Real Time. Which means, I watch a lot of commercials.

And quite frankly, I’ve never been so happy to see one commercial in particular.

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Yep!

That’s right!

The fictional band that lip-synched ditties for Experian’s FreeCreditReport.com returns in new ads for FreeCreditScore.com.

The public demanded it, the company said.

And if that’s not funny enough, Mick Jagger recently declared his favorite musicians to be “the FreeCreditReport.com band” during his monologue on “Saturday Night Live.”

The original three members were replaced in 2010 by musicians who actually toured to play the jingles live, but the outcry to bring back the first outfit was intense enough to warrant the faux band’s return, according to Experian spokesman Ken Chaplin. The Canadian originals, led by Eric Violette, get their encore run in a campaign on national cable which began on June 18.

Check it out!

Can I get an, “AMEN!”

You can also see some Behind The Scenes Footage below:

Top British Television Ads!

Television advertising in the UK is very different to those we see sandwiched oddly in the middle of our favourite sitcom – here, it’s a means to a cause, to sell, sell, sell. In the UK however, commercials are a talking point in the office and in the pub, around the dinner table and on the morning commute. In the UK, ads go viral in the blink of an eye and can be a feat of CGI mastery, made solely to be appreciated on a glorious 60 inch TV.

So here they are – the top commercials from across the pond that might have slipped under your radar.

Honda Cog

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ve4M4UsJQo

This full length feature ad by Honda, went viral in the UK pretty much as soon as it hit the screens. The commercial shows a bunch of Honda parts falling, squirting and spinning in a chain reaction to the main event with the tag-line “isn’t it nice when things just work?” The ad reportedly took seven months to make and cost a whopping £1m.

John Lewis Christmas, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSLOnR1s74o

It’s hard to bring the spirit of Christmas to a nation steeped in recession, with no economic upturn in sight and a Eurozone collapse on the horizon – but John Lewis did it, and did it well. An old Smiths song echoes in the background, the snow is falling and a little boy impatiently counts down to the 25th with each and every advent calendar chocolate. It’s not what you expect at the end – he doesn’t wake up on Christmas morning to tear open a new bike or a PS3, but rather to give his parents a present worth remembering. Well done John Lewis, our hats are off to you.

Aldi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCKgCkubGc0

Budget store, Aldi, has its work cut out in the world of British supermarkets – there seem to be hundreds of them out there competing for the lowest price, all with impressive stats to prove just how cheap they are. But this short and sweet rendition of an old lady talking about her husband’s love of tea pulled at the heart strings of every Brit out there – it may as well have been your nan sat there wittering on. She ends with a casual nonchalance; “I don’t like tea. I like gin.”

T-Mobile – Life’s for sharing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUZrrbgCdYc

It all started with a flash mob in Liverpool Street station back in 2009 – an impromptu attempt at getting involved with the public, bringing a smile to people’s faces and having a jolly good time. Needless to say, the campaign was pretty popular and all over the world of social media within minutes. Not long after, Welcome Home at Heathrow’s Terminal Five took over the imagination of the British public and led to many spin-offs arranged on Facebook.

Compare the Market

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ust9YBlEfY

It may not be the most glamorous of advertising campaigns out there, or be an outstanding piece of design, but the personality of Aleksandr Orlov has worked its way into British culture, conversation and mobile apps. He’s even managed to get himself made into a cuddly toy. A memorable and simples commercial that has taken the nation by storm.

Sony Bravia – Colour like no other

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSBn3-A2V8o&feature=fvst

The colour like no other series by Sony was yet another step in the direction of public involvement. The first in the three-part advertising campaign saw 250,000 coloured balls bounce their way down the roads of San Francisco – it was one of those things witnessed from the comfort of your living room sofa where you turned around to whoever was listening and said “wouldn’t you have just loved to have been there?” The next two, Paint and Play Doh had just as good an effect, and went just as viral.

Fosters – Good Call

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HztGYiNdhHE

Brad and Dan take on the world’s biggest man problems – whether to rub sun-cream on a mate’s back, whether or not to stick with your missus if she’s going to turn out like her mother, if that tattoo is a good idea. They’ve got it covered, and always have a pint of cold Fosters in hand. Good call, indeed.

Guardian – Open journalism

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDGrfhJH1P4

It’s no surprise that there was an attempt to regain trust in the media after the recent phone-hacking scandal in the UK. The Guardian, having nothing to do with the events in the first place, made a pretty good showcase of their ‘open journalism’ in-house policy. The advert shows how the tale of the Three Little Pigs might have been covered if it were real – it twists and turns, reveals the truth and steers clear of sensationalism.

And there you have it folks!

TV Land – Celebrates The Life & Works of Icon: Andy Griffith

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July 3, 2012 – TV Land will honor the life and work of beloved actor Andy Griffith, who passed away today at the age of 86, with blocks of programming highlighting his most treasured work, “The Andy Griffith Show.” On Wednesday, July 4th from 8am-1pm ET/PT and Saturday and Sunday, July 7th and 8th from 11am to 8pm ET/PT.


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TV Land will air some of the most memorable episodes in marathons of “The Andy Griffith Show.” The TV Land Facebook page will also pay tribute to Andy, celebrating some of his best TV moments.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Andy Griffith,” said Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land. “His contributions to the entertainment industry and his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor will live forever in the minds and hearts of generations of television viewers past, present and yet to come. The entire TV Land staff will miss him and our thoughts go out to his family.”

“The Andy Griffith Show” has long been a part of TV Land’s history and has been in the network’s line-up for over a decade. In 2003, the network erected a statue in Raleigh, North Carolina, depicting the famous opening sequence featuring Andy Griffith and a young Ron Howard in their roles of Sheriff Andy and Opie Taylor walking hand-in-hand.

Then in 2004, the network unveiled a replica of the bronze statue in Mount Airy, North Carolina, Andy Griffith’s birthplace and the town after which Mayberry was modeled. Also in 2004, the cast was honored with the Legend Award at the 2nd Annual “TV Land Awards.” Additionally, the network has produced two retrospective specials on the series, “TV Land’s Top 10: The Andy Griffith Show” and “Inside TV Land: The Andy Griffith Show.”

Andy Griffith, born in 1926 in North Carolina, has been a part of the American TV landscape for nearly 60 years, first appearing on popular programs such as “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Steve Allen Show” in the early 1950s. In 1960, CBS premiered the series that bore his name, “The Andy Griffith Show.” For eight years, he starred as Andy Taylor, the kind-hearted Sheriff of Mayberry, alongside then-child actor Ron Howard (“Happy Days”) as his son Opie and hilarious character actor, Don Knotts (“Three’s Company”), as Deputy Barney Fife.

Andy also went on to star in the hit series “Matlock” for nine seasons. For which I will remember him the most.

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Television will never be the same.

Rest. In. Peace.