The Big Bang Theory barely held my attention last night (Sheldon's friends make him go to the DMV to finally get a driver's license, wacky antics ensue ...). Yet the fast-forward button on my ordinarily reliable DVR failed to shield me from perhaps the worst string of TV commercials since Jerry Seinfeld went shoe-shopping with Bill Gates.
The ad wizards from Bertolli pasta and CBS apparently thought it would be a great idea to put The Insider's Lara Spencer in a kitchen and have her gush about the similarities between CBS comedies and the wonderful line of pasta products from our friends at Bertolli.
For those of you who can't keep up with the intricate plot twists of a 30-minute sitcom, you have Spencer there to inform you about what happened the first few minutes of the show and to talk about how it reminds her of this pasta dish she just happens to be making.
This went on through most, if not all, of the prime-time rotation. ("Sheldon the genius learning how to drive? That's funny stuff!" the perky Spencer reminded us, in case we had missed the laugh-track cues on when to laugh.)
So thank you, CBS and Bertolli, for letting the viewers know that a frozen lasagna dish for two has so much in common with the ensemble cast of "How I Met Your Mother" and those incorrigible bachelors on "Two-and-a-Half Men".
I just wish I had stuck around to see what similarities our helpful pasta shill may have found between her dinner dish and David Caruso's crime scene on CSI: Miami.