“Medium” is one of the shows I try to watch regularly. I like its style; the writing and the acting are all great. Last night, one of the plotlines was that Alyson and her husband Joe want to go see a movie. Joe is reading the newspaper at breakfast and holds up a full-page ad and talks about how they should go see that film – Memoirs of a Geisha. Well, alright, I thought. That was pretty explicit product placement.
About ten minutes more into the show, you see the couple buying tickets. “Two for MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA,” Joe tells the ticketseller. We see a huge film poster setup behind them, as a crawler comes on the bottom left of the screen saying, “Stay tuned for an exclusive peek at “Memoirs of a Geisha”!” It was so ridiculous. I commented to S that NBC is the worst network for product placement at the moment.
I’ve been watching “Medium” since the beginning of the series, and I have never seen such blatant advertisement for a product on the show. I’ll probably go see the film, but I don’t need it shoved down my throat!