Monk - Natalie's car(s) - or product placement badly done.

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  1. Sherminator

    Sherminator ɹǝs∩ pǝɹǝʇsıƃǝᴚ

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    If a recurring theme on Monk, is that he underpays Natalie, why do we see her driving a different car almost every episode?

    It must be product placement, as in "Monk & The Bully" we see her driving a Hyundai Genesis, where in the previous episode, I believe that she was driving a Nissan Maxima. When this episode cut to commercials, we (those who didn't skip quick enough) were greeted with "Monk is sponsored by the Hyundai Genesis, America's car of the year".
     
  2. IJustLikeTivo

    IJustLikeTivo Active Member

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    At least the Genesis is a nice ride. It's being used on several shows this year. I don't recall seeing a maxima but she drove a Volvo for a couple years.
     
  3. verdugan

    verdugan Well-Known Member

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    She drove a Jeep for a while too, IIRC.
     
  4. anom

    anom Enlightened

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    It's not cheap, though, and it's not like she could have bought one used. It kind of undermines the idea that she's barely scratching out a living.
     
  5. verdugan

    verdugan Well-Known Member

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    Well, her family is loaded. She could be getting some help from them.
     
  6. tgewin

    tgewin New Member

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    She's also driven an Audi A3 at least one episode in the past two seasons. I thought she'd had it for several episodes, actually.
     
  7. tiassa

    tiassa Me --Avatar

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    Maybe she bought the Hyundai with their new "if you lose your income we'll take it back" feature :)

    Seriously my guess is that it is product placement. Nathan Ford (Tim Hutton) drives a Genesis on Leverage (or started to in the 2nd or 3rd episode -- I'm guessing that is when the placement deal went through)
     
  8. Tangent

    Tangent Aluminum Falcon?!

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    I'm glad I'm not the only one annoyed by this. Considering how Monk's cheapness is a recurring theme, I'd expect her to drive some older car not a brand new one. Going through at least 4 new ones in the span of a few months is just a bit much...
     
  9. dilbert27

    dilbert27 New Member

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    Well we do know how Monk is about Cleanliness so maybe she has to get a new car each month to keep him from freaking out! :D
     
  10. verdugan

    verdugan Well-Known Member

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    At the end of the Pilot, Nathan bought a Tesla car. It hasn't made an appearance since.
     
  11. ruexp67

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    There was a genesis on 24 this week too. It pulled up to the curb, making a perfectly framed shot that could have been in a magazine. Then they go to the rear, and pan OFF the actors to the rear badge on the car.

    Hyndai is paying for a LOT of product placement. A LOT!
     
  12. classicX

    classicX Don't scream.

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    It's a hot car. If I were in the market, I'd seriously consider one.
     
  13. IJustLikeTivo

    IJustLikeTivo Active Member

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    Agreed, had it been out last year when I bought the CTS, I would have looked at it pretty hard. A lot of car for the money.
     
  14. verdugan

    verdugan Well-Known Member

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    It was on Leverage this week too.
     
  15. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

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    It's a jungle out there.
     
  16. lambertman

    lambertman Chris Lambert, man

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    As mentioned in the post you quoted in your previous post.
     
  17. DeDondeEs

    DeDondeEs Well-Known Member

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    I've noticed they've been doing alot of product placement of the McFlurry on NBC. They prominently featured it on 30 Rock last week, and I recall them mentioning it on an SNL skit.
     
  18. verdugan

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    Not a smeek b/c in this episode it was being driven by Haridson, not Nathan Ford. :D

    They actually didn't focus at all on what Nathan was driving this week.
     
  19. mattack

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    I'm not sure if I believe it, but there have been multiple articles, even quoting Tina Fey, who have said that WASN'T product placement.. at least not directly (the latest article, mentioned in the 30 rock thread, does say they ran the episode by McD's... but not that they got paid for it).
     
  20. pigonthewing

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    I thought the Hyundai was waaaay too obviously an ad placement in Leverage. The shot of the steering wheel controls, the center console controls, the audio player's display... dialog took a back seat to beauty shots.
     

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