were all the American Pie references an example of product placement?

were all the American Pie references an example of product placement?
Variety asks if Big Brother 2‘s luxury challenge–which gave Bunky and Monica a private screening of American Pie 2–was an example of product placement, since both the movie’s name and the term “blockbuster” were used frequently. An ad for Blockbuster video immediately followed the segment, but a CBS rep say it was “coincidental” and Arnold Shapiro says no money was paid either way and “It would never cross my mind to do that at all.”
+ also: Variety says Tuesday’s ep was the most watched show of the night in all key demos.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.