Friday, May 18, 2007

Thanks a lot Gyuss!!!


I wasn't going to post today. I've got a lot of meetings at work today and free lunches to crash, but Gyuss' post about a show on the new ABC fall schedule got me thinking. One of the new shows that is set for release is one based on the Geico caveman commercials. I personally enjoy those commercials in a sad lets laugh about discrimination kind of way, but that's because the commercial goes for about 20-30 seconds. I can't imagine watching it for 22 minutes. I don't know what kind of legs this thing has to stand on, but who knows. Maybe this will be the first good show on TV since Alf. I doubt it though.


I am glad however that they chose the Cavemen rather than Geico's animated gecko. I hate that thing. Why is he from England? Are geckos known for being British? When he comes on the TV a strong urge to kick someone overtakes me.


Before you say how stupid this idea is, remember that this isn't the first commercial that spawned a TV show. Max Headroom anyone??? That show certainly wasn't great, but I don't think it was the worst thing on at the time either.


So I got to thinking about what commercial concepts I would have liked to see made into regular TV series. I spent many seconds pondering this question and have carefully formulated my answers below.


Spuds McKenzie the ultimate party animal would be an instant hit as he drunkenly wobbled from one Seinfeld style episode to the next. Never speaking but always the stabilizing force amongst his wacky community.

Ray Charles and the Uh-Huh Girls. I don't know how many people remember this campaign, but I loved it. What could make it better?? A cartoon version in the vein of the Proud Family mixed with Powerpuff Girls. Ray and his bevy of beauties would teach us all some valuable lessons about life, love, and enduring through adversity. Of course there would be loads of singing too. Sound good? Uh huh!

Do you have a problem that needs fixing? Then just call Verizon Guy. He along with his globe covering "network" of associates will take on any adversary for a price. No job is to big. No job is to small. Much like they A-Team he is only a phone call away.


The Fantanas are four sassy kooky chicks that just want to sing their music and have a little fun. This update to the Monkees formula is improved by having natural flavoring and carbonation. Don't you wanta?

Sorry this took so long to post, but I got pulled into some de-motivating meetings at work and was just able to get back to it.

21 comments:

Gyuss Baaltar said...

I would put a Spuds McKenzie show at the top of my Tivo list.

And Spuds could then do a crossover to the Fanta girls show.

...of course, with Tivo, it's like having a Fanta girls show. I just keep skipping back 30 seconds and watching the commercial over and over again

plug said...

I would like to see Spuds McKenzie drunken take on historical events - like Wishbone for frat boys.

I confess that I like the Geico gekko. There's something slightly oily about his delivery. I'd like to see him as a lovable con-man.

Who I DON'T! wanna see or hear is that terminally-bored-sounding spokesman for Hardees. Ugh.

Gyuss Baaltar said...

Plug, that actually fits why Geico has three sets of commercials. Focus groups found

-the Gecko appeals to women
-the Cavemen appeal to men
-the celebrity translator commercials appeal to folks over 50

Dagromm said...

Gyuss - Finally a compelling reason to make the witch to Direct TV. They should make that their marketing campaign.

Plug - That's a good idea for the show too. I forgot about Wishbone. I'm sorry you like the gecko. I imagine it's because of the accent.

Gyuss - Think about how much cheaper their insurance could be if they weren't expending vast amounts of resources on advertising research.

Tera said...

Alf FUC*** KICKED ASS!!! I LOVED that show!

LOL! How interesting do you think a show would be with the dorky, dry, monotone dude from the Clear Eyes commercial...uh, oh, I forgot that's Ben Stein. Oops, I guess he already has a show! Carry on...

EsLocura said...

I'm not watching or supporting any of those shows, there I said it and I'm glad. move along please, nothing to see here ...

fringes said...

I'd been waiting all day for a new post. About time...

Dagromm said...

Tera - Hell yeah it did. Ben Stein's show was funny too. That guy knows everything.

Eslocura - Any attack on the Fantanas is a personal attack on me. I won't stand for it!

Fringes - You weren't the only one. When I pressed "publish" I heard the cummulative exhale of a massive blog community waiting with baited breath.

Goo said...

Dagromm, I think that was just gas.

Tera said...

Yeah he does in a made-up Alex Trebekish sort of way! ;)

Nina said...

A Spuds McKenzie/Fanta gilrs show, that would be funny until he got drunk and started lifting his leg on the Fanta grls.

Why did I think the gecko was australian?

Dagromm said...

Goo - Gas/cummulative exhale of a massive blog community waiting with baited breath. Not much difference really.

Dagromm said...

Tera - You don't think Ben Stein is a certifiable genius???? He might be the one guy I would fear in Jeopardy, but I could totally take him in four scuare or kick ball.

Nina - I'm on board with any Fantanas project. You probably imposed Australianism on him due to grief over the Crocodile Hunter. It's rather common actually. I still catch myself calling people "mate", when I'm on walk about.

heather said...

dags, so just how scared should i be that your train of thought makes perfect sense to me? i see the verizon guys as a blend of 'the equalizer' and 'james bond' with just a dash of 'scooby doo'. fanta chics....not so good.

plug, i love the wishbone for frats idea! you and gsr should work on this idea!

eslocura, lmao! you've got a set of brass knockers don't you. :-)

*sorry about hijacking your comments dags.*

Q said...

Dude, I would totally watch the Spuds McKenzie show. From the time I was about four until I could no longer fit into them I wore Spuds McKenzie t-shirts. Full on Bud Light Spuds McKenzie tees. Yeah I was the coolest kid in pre-school/kindergarten, and neither of my parents drank. It was weird. That surfing dog was a cross over sensation.

Dagromm said...

Heather - I was thinking about the Equalizer too! So, you should probably be pretty scared. I couldn't disagree more with you about the Fanta girls. I don't know if we can still talk.

Q - Isn't that weird that it was totally ok for kids to promote beer then? I'm sure there was some minor uproar about it, but for the most part every kid I knew had a Spuds t-shirt.

Tera said...

LOL!!! He seems fake to me...I don't like the way me "acts" like he's stumbling on the answers to his questions!!!

Dagromm said...

He's probably just preoccupied wondering how Jimmy Kimmel was able to get with Sarah Silverman.

heather said...

dags, you can have the fanta girls if i can have the diet coke construction guy and beckham. no script needed. no sound needed. no shirts needed. should be a fairly cheap show to produce.

Dagromm said...

Heather - That's the kind of negotiating that I can live with. That is what we call a win-win.

heather said...

i'm a master negotiator. ;-)