Yesterday, we reported on an upcoming ad campaign for the new ABC series ‘V.’ The campaign, which involves skywriting over the landmarks in several U.S. cities, has caught the angry eye of some environmental watchdogs-slash-tv critics such as Lisa de Moraes of The Washington Post. In her column today, de Moraes looks at some of the environmental cost of the new campaign, admitting it’s not the end of the world, but definitely calling out The Walt Disney Company as being somewhat hypocritical.
It’s also been barely a month since the environmental activist group Friends of the Earth issued a report card of major cruise lines, ranking Disney Cruise Line last, which you can read more about here.
You can read the column in The Washington Post here.
NOTE: This promotion has been canceled.
“V” – PREMIERES TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) — “V” is a re-imagining of the 1980s’ miniseries about the world’s first encounter with an alien race. With huge spaceships simultaneously appearing over 29 cities around the world, the Visitors (or V’s) seem to promote a message of peace. Through their generous offer to share advanced technology, the V’s quickly build a following that may be overlooking a more malevolent agenda.
Beginning October 23 through November 3, the Visitors from “V” will mark the sky with their distinctive red “V” over several U.S. landmarks in different cities in preparation for their highly anticipated arrival to ABC on NOVEMBER 3 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). The sky-written image will be visible multiple times during the day above and around the cities below at the times listed:
“V” skywriting dates and locations (subject to change due to weather):
October 23 — 9:00 a.m. Boston, MA
October 23 — 9:00 a.m. Minneapolis, MN
October 24 — 9:00 a.m. San Francisco, CA
October 24 — 9:00 a.m. Seattle, WA
October 24 — 9:00 a.m. Orlando, FL
October 25 — 9:00 a.m. Chicago, IL
October 25 — 12:00 p.m. Hollywood, CA
October 25 — 9:30 a.m. New York, NY
October 25 — 2:15 p.m. Philadelphia, PA
October 26 — 12:00 p.m. Tempe, AZ
October 26 — 9:00 a.m. Atlanta, GA
October 27 — 12:00 p.m. Dallas, TX
October 28 — 4:15 p.m. Austin, TX
October 28 — 9:00 a.m. Las Vegas, NV
October 31 — 12:00 p.m. Hollywood, CA
October 31 — 12:10 p.m. Hollywood, CA
October 31 — 12:20 p.m. Los Angeles, CA
October 31 — 12:00 p.m. Santa Monica, CA
October 31 — 9:00 a.m. New York, NY
October 31 — 9:15 a.m. New York, NY
October 31 — 9:30 a.m. New York, NY
October 31 New York, NY (throughout the morning)
November 3 — 12:00p.m. Hollywood, CA
November 3 — 12:10 p.m. Hollywood, CA
November 3 — 12:20 p.m. Los Angeles, CA
November 3 — 12:00 p.m. Santa Monica, CA
The Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) makes its mark at the 2009 Comic-Con convention with a diverse slate of series, including repeat favorites, new buzz shows, a hit animated series, an upcoming new holiday animated special, an author’s roundtable, futuristic action-adventure/sci-fi series and a cast reunion.
Perennial Comic-Con fan favorites, “Lost” executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, will participate in their final convention appearance for the series, and ABC’s highly anticipated new drama series “FlashForward” will present its first-ever panel, featuring executive producers David S. Goyer, Marc Guggenheim and Brannon Braga, as well as cast members Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Courtney B. Vance, Christine Woods and Peyton List. Patricia Heaton, star of the upcoming ABC comedy series “The Middle,” makes her Comic-Con debut hosting a sneak peek screening of the series for her fans.
Additionally, DATG will showcase distinctive series across its various divisions over the four days of the event: panels with new ABC series “Eastwick” and “V”; returning Comic-Con favorite “Ghost Whisperer,” produced by ABC Studios, will feature a panel with the complete cast, including star Jennifer Love Hewitt, along with Jamie Kennedy, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim and Christoph Sanders, plus executive producers Ian Sander, Kim Moses and P.K. Simonds; ABC Studios’ syndicated action-adventure series “Legend of the Seeker” will unveil a sneak peek at their upcoming second season; ABC Family’s “The Middleman” will bring Comic-Con fans the first cast reunion since the series’ completion, as well as a table read of the lost 13th episode, “The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse,” which was never produced but has been turned into a graphic novel.
After last year’s standing room only panel, television’s #1 animated series for kids, Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb,” returns to Comic-Con. This year creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, as well as cast members Vincent Martella, Olivia Olson and Tyler Mann, will participate in a Q&A session, preview a sneak peek of new episodes and offer the chance to win “Phineas and Ferb” prizes.
The holiday special “Prep & Landing,” ABC’s first-ever collaboration with Walt Disney Animation Studios, will receive a special preview at an animation panel headlined by Academy Award winner and executive producer John Lasseter.
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