I miss the days when actual stage experience was a prerequisite to television. At the risk of sounding like an Old Fogey...it made a difference.
Though I don't miss the blatant endorsement "stuff" like this ad. It's as annoying as the product placement in current film and TV series.
I disagree with some of the second part of your comment.
In a day and age of commercials where Elvis songs become jingles for dick pills, Ask your doctor if this is right for you or tell him if it gives you a heart attack, I get so bloated this time of the month and...Man I am worried dear. We are 70 and have no life insurance what if we die? Well look it's Alex Trebeck. I actually like the old time sponsor adds by the casts of the shows much better.
I think of it this way. today a 30 minute show lasts 20 minutes with out commercials. In the 60's a 30 minute show lasted 25 minutes even without the ads about the sponsors.
As for product placement, Honestly I either don't catch it or don't dwell on it so it does not bother me. One notable exception would be the James Bond Movie Moonraker which had to break the record for 7up Adds. I find the phenomenon of the corporate named sports arena much more annoying. How wrong is it that where once the Boston Celtics played in the Boston Garden they now play at the TD Bank North Garden? The San Diego Chargers now play in Qualcomm Stadium instead of Jack Murphy Stadium which it was for years. THAT I hate.
Being who I am, and making no apologies for it, I can't tell you how happy I was when Jonathan sent me a PM on Newshounds and asked me if he could post here. I think he's a perfect counter balance to me an makes this blog so much better. He's younger and he has some clue as to what is going on in the world in areas where I just flat don't give a damn. Our differences in age, tastes, culture and life experiences, make this a much better blog. And of course he can't stand Hannah Ray Cyrus either :)