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Lawsuit Blames Woman’s Injuries on ‘Shocking and Menacing’ Dexter Ad

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We thought Dexter‘s MO was to generally avoid harming the innocent, but one woman is claiming otherwise.

In a lawsuit that names Showtime, The City of New York, and The Manhattan Transportation Authority, Ajanaffy Njewadda asserts that her recent tumble down a flight of stairs at the Grand Central subway terminal — which resulted in a concussion and a broken ankle — was caused by the “shocking and menacing” ad for “Dexter” that was plastered to the stairs at the time.

Njewadda claims that the image of actor Michael C. Hall with his face wrapped in cellophane startled her so badly that she lost her footing and fell, sustaining the injuries.

To be honest, ever since we told you about the TNT/Purell ads urging subway riders to avoid becoming victims of a (fictional) global pandemic, we were kind of wondering when someone would freak out about one of the over-the-top brand takeovers that have been happening in the Grand Central Terminal — we just didn’t expect it to be one we had already completely forgotten about.

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Showtime Blew Up Grand Central This Morning

Your editor and his neck-beard somehow managed to survive Dexter’s operating table.

…or would have, had your brave editor not completed a successful wiretap and helped the CIA’s intelligence unit foil the terrorists’ plans (or something like that).

Showtime is on a roll. Coming off a huge night at the Emmy Awards, the network did its best to promote its two biggest titles in Grand Central Station this morning with an unavoidable exhibit called “The Showtime Experience.”

Highlights from the event, which filled the southern Vanderbilt Hall, included a “Homelandfaux polygraph, a collection of “Dexter” fan art, and a table of complimentary pastries from the excellent Magnolia Bakery (samples included “blood spatter” cupcakes and randomly delicious sugar cookies).

All in all, we have to say this was quite a well-designed event. Bravo, Showtime: This is what a little bit of critical acclaim and a whole lot of money can get you.

We don’t generally like to play favorites (yes we do), but we will give “Homeland” two enthusiastic thumbs up. It’s really quite good!

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Showtime’s ‘Homeland’ Knows How to Rock a Teaser

The Showtime Network’s “Homeland” , a spy drama filled with terrorist attacks, double identities and international intrigue, gained a big following during its excellent first season, with the high-tension finale scoring record ratings for the premium cable channel. Critical consensus holds that Showtime may have found their best weapon in a long-standing effort to unseat head honchos HBO.

The official teaser for season two hit the web today, and it’s a killer: The backing track, which sounds like a children’s choir performing a slow, creepy version of the Police smash “Every Breath You Take”, is spot-on.

We think we can summarize without spoiling things for those who haven’t seen the first season: Read more

Roll Call: Ketchum Pleon, APCO, and Showtime

Tasso Enzweiler has been named Ketchum Pleon‘s MD in the Düsseldorf office. It’s one of the agency’s largest offices with 125 staffers. The office’s previous MD was Dirk Popp, who was named president of Ketchum Pleon Germany. Enzweiler was previously the MD of Hering Schuppener Consulting for five years.

Sir Liam Donaldson, England’s former chief medical officer and the British government’s former chief medical adviser has joined APCO Worldwide‘s International Advisory Council. While serving this dual role, Sir Donaldson played a role in the nation’s discussions and policies around stem cell research, smoke-free public spaces, and other issues.

Frank Pintauro and Donald Buckley have been named the co-heads of Showtime‘s marketing division. The previous EVP Len Fogge is believed to be heading to NBC to work with his former boss Bob Greenblatt. Richard Licata, another former Showtime staffer, recently left his post as VP of corp comms at Showtime to join NBC. [via Broadcasting & Cable]

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