The joys of a precisely targeted marketing campaign

Apparently, I’m a “reputable influencer” since I mentioned Television.


I just found your Television-related blog entry:, and I think you may be of some help to me. I’m reaching out to you on behalf of M80 & Fox regarding a new Vanished viral video. I think you or your readers will find it very worthwhile. You can view the video here:

Since you mentioned Television, I thought that you might be interested in posting the video on your blog? You seem like a reputable influencer, so I think you’d be a big help to us.

You can check out the video and more here:

Please let me know if you’re interested!


Brandon, M80

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‘Reached out to’? “Poor us. We’re in such terrible trouble. Please help us. We’re reaching out to you.” If I had Fox’s cash, I don’t think I’d be in trouble or in need of reaching out to anyone.

Send me the screener, Fox, and I’ll give that a review. But your virals are pants. And so are your spam-boys…


Preview: The Black Donnellys

The Black Donnellys

In the US: NBC, mid-season show

In the UK: Acquired for ITV2. Will debut in the spring.

There is a reason I felt guilty about turning off Angela’s Eyes after only a minute. Although I doubt it would have made a difference in that show’s case, sometimes you’ll come across a programme that is absolute rubbish at first, but which turns out to be a real corker by the end. That is, after all, why I do third-episode verdicts.

The Black Donnellys is one such show. I started watching it last night, and after about ten minutes, I was ready to start extracting some serious urine from it. But I finished watching it this morning, and I have to say the rest of it was riveting.

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David Tennant being poached by Hollywood and ITV?

More from the “please take with a pinch of NaCl” school of journalism: David Tennant might be poached by either Hollywood or ITV, according to Sunday’s People. Plus RTD “wants to take a back seat to develop his own drama projects”, apparently.

I thought ITV had quit doing golden handcuffs deals because they ended up with Robson Green and Ross Kemp doing rubbish in exchange for loads of cash. Plus – and no offence to DT here – why would Hollywood be interested in him right now? The second series of Who doesn’t air in the US until September, and since when has British TV popularity resulted in massive Hollywood deals.

All in all, probably not true. But I thought I’d bring it to your attention.