November 17th, 2010
02:05 PM ET
There's a whole lot of drama going on at "Days of Our Lives," but it has nothing to do with plot lines and everything to do with plugging products.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the soap opera has recently been called out for promoting cereal, snacks and even Chinese food in what basically amounts to mini-commercials within each episode.
On one show, Melanie (Molly Burnett) is seen singing the praises of Cheerios. "It's not just for breakfast," she tells Nathan (Mark Hapka) of the cereal. "They have whole grains and only one gram of sugar, which is excellent for swimsuit season."
"The Biggest Loser" host Alison Sweeney, who plays Sami on "DOOL," has appeared in two separate scenes that push products.
In one, she explains the joys of Chex Mix to her date, who has never sampled the snack. "Are you serious? Have you been living under a rock?" she asks. "It's so good. You have to try it. It's like a million flavors exploding in your mouth!"
The second incident finds Caroline (Peggy McCay) comforting Sami with Wanchai Ferry frozen Chinese dinners. "I made some for the kids earlier and they just couldn't get enough of it," says Caroline as she holds the bright red packaging. "And it's a complete meal, because it comes with rice, you know."
Have you seen any other flagrant examples of product placement ? Drop links in the comments!
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