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Frank Mahony: Where Do Old Television Careers Go to Die?


Frank Mahony

Where Do Old Television Careers Go to Die?

12/11/2008   Comment on This

Have you ever heard the myth/story about elephants being drawn to an elephants graveyard when they’re about to die.

I think I found an even more mythical destination; it’s the place where fairly successful former television actors go when their career has been over for a while. When they get there someone talks them into doing a bad television or radio commercial.

I have nothing against commercials or informercials featuring celebrities. They are a valid advertising and infotainment medium.

What’s really funny and awful is the low points some of the commercials have hit lately. Paul Michael Glazer from Starsky and Hutch fame is on a “late night” television commercials with possibly the worst video quality I’ve ever seen. It’s so bad that I cannot remember what he’s hawking – some get out of debt thing I think.

A few years back, Tom Bosley, from Happy Days was selling some home business catalog company. When he was doing Glad Garbage bag commercials – I was ok with that. But I don’t get why he got involved with a catalog company. He was a pretty big star in his day. Maybe he has a piece of the action.

Recently, I heard a radio commercial featuring the professor from Gilligans Island and in the background was an "elevator music" version of the Gilligans island theme. Just like with Starsky, I don’t remember what he’s pitching because I couldn’t stop laughing long enough to listen to what he’s saying.

When he said, “you don’t have to be a Professor to know …” I lost it.

Bottom line – beware of a commercial that features an old sitcom theme song.

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