Best Of 2012

Best creepy promotional campaign: Bright House Networks’ “Hello, Friend”

Does the ostensibly “friendly” guy who voices this greeting remind anyone else of Hal 9000? I’m waiting for him to take control of my TV set someday: “Hello, friend. Dave? Is that you, Dave? I’m afraid you can’t change the channel, Dave. You haven’t been watching Bright House 9 nearly enough, have you, Dave?” Wait, what am I thinking? Creepy, faceless corporate entity controlling what I can see (and ripping me off at the same time)? Why, that sounds just about perfect as the ad campaign for a cable company.