Comedienne Kristen Schaal — who’s probably best known as Mel from “Flight of the Conchords” and as a contributor to “The Daily Show” — Except to call them “product placements” insinuates that they’re in some way subtle; rather, these are full-blown ads inserted into the story, as if viewers haven’t gotten any savvier since the 1950s (note: most soap opera viewers HAVEN’T gotten any savvier since the 1950s).
Above is a blatant ad spot for Midol; below, two more egregious examples of shilling for Chex Mix and Wanchai Ferry Chinese Food. It’s so bad that one of the characters is like, “Chex Mix? What’s that? WHY DON’T YOU TELL ME ABOUT IT?” That dialog is less believable than the handsome one-eyed doctor waking up from a ten-year coma.