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Posts Tagged ‘Rhonda Vernet’

Applebee’s, CP+B Bring Back the Lunch Decoy

CP+B originally ran with the idea of a blow-up doll lunch decoy last year, suggesting that people could secure more time at Applebee’s by tricking their bosses. In 2013, the same old bag of tricks comes in the form of a longer ad – 102 seconds – showing various worker bees running out of the office to indulge in some Applebee’s. I’ve never been a fan of the fine dining cuisine at such establishments, but I’m told customers can enjoy hundreds of lunch combos starting at $6.99. If you can get a restaurant combo for that cheap, you may want to think twice.

The spot itself isn’t digging much into new ground. There is one interesting bit, when a black construction worker uses a white lunch decoy. I’m not sure what that is trying to say, if anything at all, but the man’s boss must not pay very good attention to his staff if the lunch decoy can be effective while using a different skin color than the man who is jolting to Applebee’s (Ed. update: CP+B clarifies that it did use the likeness that most resembles of its construction worker as part of the campaign. Go here). Maybe the man’s boss is using his own lunch decoy, at which point the men would run into each other at an Applebee’s and ruin the trick for everyone. Credits after the jump.

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NFL on FOX Crew Touts the Advantages of Super Bowl Rings

Believe it or not, the NFL regular season is already more than halfway over. Yes, it’s depressing, and at this rate, Randy Moss will have played for six different teams by the time we reach the playoffs. So, we look toward the end of the seasons as America’s most watched (and most annoying) NFL Sunday team shows the differences between the “Have and Have Nots” in this campaign previewing Fox’s coverage of the Super Bowl.

As is the case with most former professional athletes, a lot of ordinary and mundane tasks can come down to bragging rights. So, while Joe Buck, Curt Menefee and Jay Glazer may leer in jealousy at their Super Bowl-winning counterparts, they know that their lives drove them to be journalists instead of professional athletes, and while press passes do come with their benefits, they automatically mean getting to party with Usher or Hugh Laurie. Also, we get why Laurie’s there as his show House is on Fox, by why is Usher there? Was he just in the neighborhood?

Basically, the kind of folks who find the NFL on FOX funny and relevant will truly love this campaign. These are the same folks who think Howie Long is a studly stud, Jimmy Johnson and Troy Aikman are gods among men for restoring the Dallas Cowboys to greatness, Michael Strahan‘s sitcom should have been on longer and Terry Bradshaw was great in Failure to Launch. Still, I have yet to find anyone who thinks Frank Caliendo is funny or entertaining.

Two more spots and credits after the jump.
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