Through much of the nineties, two television programs sustained me: The Simpsons and Seinfeld. Others came and went, but not only did those two shows consistently hold my interest, but their many repeats would too. One of my roommates would even record the evening reruns of Seinfeld while watching them, and watch them again first thing the next morning, and Iâ€™d often join him. So Jerry and Homer are close to me. I donâ€™t spend as much time with them now as I used to, but I like to check in on them every once in a while, since they are old friends.
Recently, the Jerry Seinfeld and Simpsons franchises have been doing interesting transmedia jigs. Seinfeldâ€™s Bee Movie is coming out on Friday, and television is all abuzz with cross-promotion: Seinfeld appeared on 30 Rock (and through that episode, he appeared on most other NBC shows too), he has an HP ad that refers to the movie, and heâ€™s filmed a seemingly endless number of shorts that are filling ad breaks. Heâ€™s ubiquitous, so much so that Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™m missing about 453 other venues where heâ€™s hawking his movie (I couldâ€™ve sworn the dude behind the counter at McDonalds looked familiar today), and in the time it takes me to type this, Seinfeld will have appeared in 58 more venues. The Simpsons meanwhile have a forthcoming video game, based on the film (so, yes, itâ€™s the game of the film of the television show), with some ads on television, and a particularly innovative and fun official website. In case itâ€™s not evident yet, I find the Seinfeld transmedia jig annoying, and the Simpsons one exemplary. More below the fold…ads, Bee Movie, computer games, franchises, NBC, Seinfeld, Simpsons, Simpsons Game, television, transmedia