via press release:
Funniest Commercials of the Year
Wipeout Star John Henson to Host One-Hour Special Premiering Jan. 3
Voting Lines Now Open Online at
As the year winds down, truTV is gearing up to celebrate the most hilarious commercials of the past 12 months with the all-new special Funniest Commercials of the Year. Fans are invited to go online now to http://veryfunnyads.com to vote for their favorite commercials. The results will then be counted down during the special by host John Henson, star of the hit series Wipeout, which currently airs weekends in primetime on truTV. Funniest Commercials of the Year is set to premiere Thursday, Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on truTV.
Beginning with this year’s special, truTV is taking over the extremely popular Funniest Commercials franchise from sister network TBS, which has aired the prior eight year-end specials, as well as several other mid-year specials. In addition to Funniest Commercials of the Year, truTV has ordered a showcase of funny commercials featuring animals. Funniest Animal Commercials of the Year is slated to premiere on truTV in early 2013.
Funniest Commercials of the Year will be packed with commercials from around the world, many being shown for the first time on American television. The collection will include the 10 outstanding ads chosen as finalists for the title of “Funniest Commercial of the Year.” From now until Dec. 21, fans can watch all 10 finalists at http://veryfunnyads.com and vote for their favorite. Fans are allowed to vote multiple times, but no more than once per day. Henson will then reveal the voting results at the end of the January special.
The following are the 10 commercials chosen as finalists for 2012:
- Fallsview Casino Resort – “Coconut” (Canada)
- Fed Ex – “Band” (Argentina)
- Canal Digital – “The Man Who Lived in a Film” (Norway)
- Doritos – “Sling Baby” (United States)
- BGH – “Dads in Briefs” (Argentina)
- Old Spice – “Bounce” (United States)
- The Trainline – “Be Sensible” (United Kingdom)
- Zona Jobs – “Grandma” (Argentina)
- Bloeman – “Screwed” (The Netherlands)
- DB Export Dry – “Wine Is Over” (New Zealand)
truTV’s Funniest Commercials of the Year is produced by Robert Dalrymple Productions in conjunction with IMG Media. Robert Dalrymple and Steve Mayer serve as executive producers, with Tony Lanni serving as producer.
About Robert Dalrymple Productions
Robert Dalrymple is a Peabody Award- and Emmy®-winning television producer whose productions include Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials, for CBS in conjunction with IMG Media; the American Cinematheque Specials, for TNT and AMC; and Showtime’s adaptation of Sam Sheppard’s True West. He also co-founded and executive-produced the Screen Actors Guild Awards® for NBC and TNT. Dalrymple is perhaps best known for Billy Joel’s tour in Russia, Billy Crystal’s first comedy special from Russia and the CBS production of pianist Vladimir Horowitz’s return to Moscow after 62 years. He won Emmys for Free to Be a Family and a documentary on Itzhak Perlman’s tour of Russia, and was nominated for The King & I – Recording a Hollywood Dream. His television movies include Howard Hughes – His Woman and His Movies, Shame, Baby Brokers and A Christmas Romance.
IMG Media is the largest independent producer, packager and distributor of sports programming in the world, producing and distributing more than 6,500 hours of original programming annually to more than 200 countries, covering 200+ sporting events. While the strength of IMG Media’s worldwide sports coverage is unrivaled, the company has recently expanded into award-winning documentary and reality programming.
truTV, one of cable’s fastest growing brands, offers a wildly entertaining look at the real world through outrageous characters, unpredictable situations and irreverent storytelling. Currently seen in 92 million U.S. households, truTV features such popular original series as Hardcore Pawn, Full Throttle Saloon, Lizard Lick Towing, Storage Hunters, Impractical Jokers, Operation Repo, South Beach Tow, Black Gold and World’s Dumbest…, as well as the acquired hit Wipeout. In addition, truTV is a partner in a iring the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. During the daytime, the channel features expert trial coverage under the name In Session.