I was just watching "The American Woodshop" and noticed something. In
this particular episode, Scott is building an entertainment center out
of plywood. During the assembly he used Gorilla Glue to glue up the
carcass. Although never mentioned by name, the glue bottle was hard to
miss in most of the shots. Even after he was finished dispensing said
glue, it was sitting fairly prominently in the foreground. He didn't
moisten either of the pieces being glued, I thought moisture cures the
poly. I'm just wondering if he used poly just as an excuse to give it
air time on his show. After all, he does hawk Gorilla Glue. Besides
that, I still like his show.
I enjoy watching all this stuff - including Scott. Unfortunately,
our local PBS does not carry it anymore.
I think that showing products on these shows is fine - TOH, NYW,
Home Again etc - they all do it. I just wish PBS would get over the
fund drive thing and stick commercials in like everyone else. As it
is now, they give you 3 - 5 minutes of commercials/self
promotion on either end of a show anyhow.
It is always somewhat amusing to see some of the
"do-it-yourself" shows on HGTV (don't get DIY) where they have duct tape
over the product name on every glue bottle, paint can, etc. Not giving
anything away free there.
I think it has something to do with Canada. A Canadian company filmed a
comercial on my property a few years ago. They took great effort to block
out all other trade names and signs in any shot. They went so far as
placing trees on the sidewalks to blot out a Hertz car rental sign that
could not frame out in one shot.
While Gorilla Glue is moisture cure, like nearly all single-component non
water-borne polyurethane products, it generally gets enough moisture out of
the wood to cure--the moistening of the surfaces is precautionary, not
mandatory, in most cases.
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
Welcome to the real world. How in the heck do you think this program
gets on the air? Money $$$$$$ It is always about the dollar. so yes
Scott must promote his sponsors! Big deal! Get over it! It is a great
program and worth a little "spam".
I didn't want it to sound like I was whining. It's just an
observation I had while watching. I agree that without sponsors, most of
our favorite shows would never see production. And I did say I still
like the show, so I don't see anything I need to "get over".
Mike at American Sycamore wrote:
On Sun 05 Dec 2004 02:58:09p, firstname.lastname@example.org (Mike at American Sycamore)
How's that stress management class comin' along, Mike?
BOY, I wish I could get the Madison WI PBS to carry that show. They weren't
running any woodworking shows at all for a while, then they started Norm
and Woodwright shop for a while. Just long enough for me to get the
recorder set up for weekly taping. Then they put Woodwright on hiatus for a
couple months and move Norm to Sunday. Sigh.
Sorry to sound so harsh. I just feel very passionate about this
subject. It is a great program and most people have no idea how much
it cost to produce and Scott has to make a living. Without sponsors
we would have no program. I have known Scott for years, he is a
wonderful, kind, energetic person and he certainly has paid his dues.
So if he has to kiss a little sponsor butt so be it, his program is
worth it. Good luck,
I've known Scott for quite a while, too, and totally agree with you. He's one
of the nicest "personalities" I've ever met.
That said, it is NOT "kissing butt" as you phrase it to show a sponsor's
product. It's plain common sense. Use the product; if it works well feature it
and mention how it works. If it doesn't work well, mention that, too (I'm not
sure that TV shows do this part). But it's a quid pro quo, and is similar to
your boss paying you for work. You don't spit in his hand when you get the
check (even if you'd like to). AKA "common sense."
"Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy."
Edgar Bergen, (Charlie McCarthy)
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