When the Super Bowl is a blowout, you need the commercials to pick up the slack. The good news from Sunday night: On the whole, the ads were stronger than last year. The bad news: Nobody was really riveted to their TVs and drafting off the energy of a thrilling football game. Still, there was lots to enjoy from advertisers on Sunday night.
WATERisLIFE’s emotional campaign follows a four-year-oldMaasai boy named Nkaitole (pronounced Guytolie), who’s never been out of his remote African village, on an adventure to do all the things he’s always wanted to do before he dies. Why? Because in sub-Saharan Africa where he lives, unsafe drinking water is one of the main causes that prevents one in five children from reaching their fifth birthday.
Actor Charles Malik Whitfield in the Cheerios ad Just Checking.
Advertising Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi New York
Charles Malik Whitfield
Whitfield’s show business career started in 1993 with his first role as Dr. Ben Price in the daytime soap opera One Life to Live (ABC).
In 1999, Whitfield was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series for his portrayal of Otis Williams in the Emmy-winning mini-series The Temptations (NBC).
The Temptations (1998)
Whitfield also starred as attorney James Mooney on the CBS drama The Guardian for two seasons, and FBI Agent Victor Henriksen on the 2007-2008 season of The CW’s Supernatural.
His twenty-year career comprises numerous appearances in feature films and prime-time television including recent roles in Two and a Half Men (CBS) and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC).
ANSWER: Actor Dorien Wilson ‘ate the bones’ in the current ad for KFC.
Dorien Wilson is best known for roles as Professor Stanley Oglevee on The Parkers (UPN) and talk-show host Eddie Charles on HBO’s series Dream On.
Wilson appeared in several sitcoms including Friends, Living Single, Sister, Sister, Martin and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
The ad was created by DraftFCB Chicago and directed by Academy Award-nominated Director David O. Russell along with production company Wondros. Russell was most recently nominated for an Oscar for Best Director for “Silver Linings Playbook.”