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October 15 2004

Kristine Sutherland is shilling for Advil in a new U.S. TV commercial.

I just saw that commercial. I heard her voice, before I saw her face...and my head whipped to the TV. I know the voices of the Buffy cast. It was fun to look up and see her, but this is a talented actress who I'd prefer to see cast in a television show or movie, not commercial.
Ummm .... the person is Kristine Sutherland who played Joyce Summers.
I just saw that one too, and did a total double take
I just saw it tonight too and both me and my daughter squealed "Joyce!!!" Well, at least she's the "star" in this commercial. There's another one that she's in for a car commercial - mind is blank right now but it's the one with the "zoom, zoom, zoom" theme song. There's a girl sitting at a potter's wheel in an art class and she gets too agressive with the pedal and splatters clay all over everyone else in the room. Kristine is the one who gets mud splashed on her face. There's just two quick flashes of her, one working on her project and then her kind of giving the girl a dirty look once the mud splashes on her. That one particularly made me sad to see her going from her great role as Joyce to a bit part in a commercial. At least this Advil one she is the featured spokesperson and maybe it is a multi commercial deal.
I changed the headline from 'advil' to 'Kristine Sutherland shilling for Advil'... makes our headlines look a little less like spam :-)
The "zoom, zoom, zoom" commercial is for Mazda.
Kristine Sutherland is far too talented an actress to be slinging advil in commercials. But it's work and if it gets her a better job in the future, then good for her.
I thought that Kristine her getting the mud on her face!!

I only saw that commercial once and it was such a fast shot that I thought it was my imagination, I figured it was someone who looked like Kristine but that it wouldn't be her.
Hurray for Kristine Sutherland!

I'm glad she's getting work in commercials. It's hard for even the best actors to get work on a regular basis in TV or films. It's even harder if you are female and even remotely look over 25. Hollywood is brutal to older women. I hope her Advil ad runs forever. That way she gets lots of residual checks that will pay for her food, rent and other basics and allow her to still act in theatre or do whatever creative thing she wants to do.

Is a TV ad a waste of her talent? Yes. BUT UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO CUT HER A BIG FAT CHECK TO HELP PAY HER BILLS, QUIT YOUR B*TCH*N'. Let the woman earn a living. At least she not hawking diet pills in half-hour infomercials.
When I first saw the commercial, I found myself practically glued to the screen. I enjoyed Sutherland's work on Buffy, and wish I could see more of her performance capability. She masterfully reads the copy given her, making the commercial a no nonsense but informative thirty seconds. I wish there were more commercials made with such class and taste. The last time I bought aspirin like stuff it was Alleve, but next time I'll try Advil just cuz of Sutherland's commercial, and I HATE letting commercials influence how I purchase stuff. Not this time. I'll be happy to support a company willing to give this talented woman an opportunity.

This isn't just a commercial. It's a national commercial. That's bigger than you might think. So go buy a bottle of Advil and support Buffy's mom. It ain't gonna kill you.

[ edited by ZachsMind on 2004-10-15 17:03 ]
"Kristine Sutherland is far too talented an actress to be slinging advil in commercials. But it's work and if it gets her a better job in the future, then good for her."

There's nothing shameful about commercials. Even Catherine Zeta-Jones does T-Mobile.
Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Aniston, Gary Oldman, Sarah Jessica Parker, William Shatner, Samuel L. Jackson, Alice Cooper and David Hasselhoff all do ads here in the UK. Most of them are highly entertaining with superb production values. And to be honest a lot more enjoyable than the TV shows.
I seem to remember a guy named Tony Head creating a bit of a sensation in the Taster's Choice coffee commercial/soap opera.

A bit odd in that she's doing a commercial for a headache remedy (at least that's all I ever take Advil for) given the way she died in "The Body."
I think she was hired because her presence is one that appeals to a wide potential clientele for the Advil company. She doesn't even give her name and pose as an official spokesperson, but she conveys a genuine sincerity that the Advil people wanted to present to their customers. She wasn't hired because of how Buffy's Mom died in "The Body." I doubt her Buffy alumnus status was considered when they hired her, except to prove she has done television before and is comfortable in front of a camera. Sutherland's just good at playing sincerity. Compare how she reads the copy to how Shatner does Priceline. Who would you be more likely to believe? More power to her. I hope this is just a taste of a new future for her on the small screen. Kristine Sutherland could be for Advil what Sandy Duncan was for Jiffy peanut butter.

Added later: I didn't mean to insinuate above that Advil should have used her name, but her on camera presence would serve the country good in the future if she did become their spokesperson, sorta like that guy in the trenchcoat for Sprint PCS. Sutherland doesn't have to use her name but she conveys to an audience how Advil wants people to see their firm. I understand that her name recognition isn't very high with the mainstream general public.

[ edited by ZachsMind on 2004-10-15 18:08 ]
I think she was hired because her presence is one that appeals to a wide potential clientele for the Advil company. She doesn't even give her name and pose as an official spokesperson, but she conveys a genuine sincerity that the Advil people wanted to present to their customers.

I'm not sure giving her name would have much effect. She's not really a 'name'. She's got a generic, but warm, mom look to her. I think that's what makes her good for commercials like this. I could also see her in one of those old "Mom, did you ever have that not-so-fresh feeling?" commercials. She's just one of those mom types that radiate a trustworthy vibe. I mean, for instance, you wouldn't want Steve Buscemi hawking your headache tabs, no matter how great he is.

[ edited by Rogue Slayer on 2004-10-15 17:37 ]
I just saw this commercial last night while watching CSI. Which coincidently was guest starring another Buffy alum, DB Woodside, playing a disturbingly believable pedophile- yuck.
Karen - That would be when I caught it too. He did play that role well. Yuck and an extra ick.

By my comment that I would prefer to see KS in a tv show or movie, I certainly wasn't saying there is anything shameful in a commercial - a national one at that - as ZachsMind said.

BUT UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO CUT HER A BIG FAT CHECK TO HELP PAY HER BILLS, QUIT YOUR B*TCH*N'. - ranchofiasco.

No one's b*itch*n about it - just paying her a compliment by saying I'd like to see her more regularly, and for longer than 30 seconds. :)

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