even more “integrated marketing” planned for American Idol 2.

even more “integrated marketing” planned for American Idol 2.
If you don’t drink Coca-Cola products, drive a Ford, and use AT&T Wireless after watching American Idol 2, some marketers are going to be very very sad. You’ll be seeing a lot of all three “exclusive presenting sponsors” when the show debuts Jan. 21. Joining Ford car commercials and Coca-Cola’s redrum–I mean, “Red Room”–will be the “Ford Focus Room, where contestants share their feelings with viewers before and after auditions,” Electronic Media reports. Other things to look forward to: “Coke-Behind-the-Scenes,” “haircolor, haircare products and guidance as well as makeovers” from Clairol Herbal Essences, and “a show-related ‘special opportunity’” from Old Navy. Oh, and maybe some people will sing and Simon will screech and Paula will praise, if there’s time between all of the ads.

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.

about the writer

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.