Summer TV must be slow, but I’m finding Wrecked to be strangely addictive.
The Discovery Channel has been running new commercials that preview upcoming new seasons for several of their shows. As in the past, the commercials are well-made and (for me at least) can get you really jazzed up for many of their shows.
They’ve obviously got a great advertising team and I wish they’d post these commercials on their own site (where you can now get full video of most of their shows). Instead, we need to hunt around to dig up copies like this one:
[ View this video on YouTube. ]
The montage commercials they showed last year were outstanding, but I can’t seem to find them anywhere online. I did find the promo for season 3 of Bear Grylls in Man vs Wild, one of the favorite shows at our house. (Update: I found a couple more cool promos from 2007 and 2008 on YouTube.)
Another new addition this year: custom merchandise through Cafepress.com. Now you can buy t-shirts or coffee mugs for your favorite show like Dirty Jobs!
I’m impressed with the continuing evolution of the Discovery Channel as they continue to combine entertainment with education. Now if I ever upgrade to HDTV at home, I could really get into it.
Yesterday’s game was actually close and came down to the wire — much improved compared to the recent trend. The commercials were pretty good, but didn’t seem as extravagant. Even so, there’s always a lot of buzz around all the ads — here are some good sites that showcase all the ads run during the game:
Also, if you liked the NFL commercial featuring Ephraim Salaam and Chester Pitts (both from the Houston Texans), check out the Super Ad: Who Want’s it More? contest. NFL players pitched their stories to be considered for this year’s NFL Super Bowl commercial and the Salaam/Pitts story won.
The Onion has really stepped up their video production these days. My friend Pat turned me onto this one which digs on NASCAR:
(If the video doesn’t appear, click this link to watch: NASCAR Coach Reveals Winning Strategy – The Onion.)