MSN.com/Wall Street Journal, 3/5/07
Are Geico's cavemen ready for prime time?
Full Story: Are Geico's cavemen ready for prime time?Is finding a way for marketers to beat commercial-zapping DVRs and helping networks to cure the distressed state of TV comedy so simple that a caveman could do it?
ABC's decision last week to greenlight a half-hour pilot program based on Geico's popular cavemen characters highlights the blurring line between advertising and entertainment, as well as the trouble the network has had in launching successful sitcoms.
Although the project is at a nascent stage -- there's no script and no cast -- plans call for the comedy to be titled "Cavemen" and focus on a trio of prehistoric characters who battle prejudice in modern-day Atlanta. Walt Disney's ABC will pay for the pilot and show, if one eventually materializes. Geico, a unit of Berkshire Hathaway, will have no creative control but will receive a royalty payment for the use of the characters.