Super Bowl Ads: Chevy does ‘Sopranos’, Bud’s Clydesdale | Radio WGN 720

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This photo courtesy of Anheuser-Busch shows a scene from the Budweiser Super Bowl NFL football spot. (Anheuser-Busch via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl commercials this year were heavy with nostalgia and star power. With ad space of up to $7 million for 30 seconds, getting noticed and entertaining is crucial for Super Bowl announcers.

This year, Budweiser presented the recovery of a Clydesdale, GM reunited some of the cast from the “Austin Powers” trilogy, and Chevrolet recreated the opening of “The Sopranos” – with one key difference. And Toyota enlisted a trio of famous “Jones” for its Tundra ad.

ANHEUSER-BUSCH

After sitting down last year, Budweiser returns with the story of a Clydesdale horse who gets injured. But he recovers enough to gallop again thanks to the help of a veterinarian, a stable man and a Labrador. The message? “Down never means out.”

BMW

BMW features Arnold Schwarzenegger as Zeus, the god of the sky (or in this ad, the god of lightning) whose wife, Salma Hayek Pinault, gives him the BMW iX EV to spice up his retirement.

CHEVROLET

Chevrolet has recreated “The Sopranos” opening sequence to tout its all-electric Chevy Silverado. This time, however, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who played Meadow on the series that ran from 1999 to 2007, is in charge instead of the Sopranos patriarch played by the late James Gandolfini.

GENERAL MOTORS

The General Motors ad features characters from the “Austin Powers” movies peddling GM electric vehicle technology, including a reprise of Mike Myers’ role as Austin Powers’ nemesis Dr. Evil. Sidekicks played by Rob Lowe, Seth Green and Mindy Sterling also join.

LAY’S

Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen comically reminisce about the “good times” they had at Lay’s, including their kidnapping by a stalker and Rogen’s marriage to a creepy ghost.

NISSAN

A straight-legged Eugene Levy turns into an action hero while driving a 2023 Nissan Z sports car, alongside stars Danai Gurira and Dave Bautista. Levy’s “Schitt’s Creek” co-star Catherine O’Hara appears in Nissan’s new Ariya electric car.

PRINGLES

A man gets his hand stuck in a box of Pringles – and then has to live the rest of his life with his hand stuck in the box of the Pringles comedy spot.

ROCKET MORTGAGE

Anna Kendrick speaks to children about the competitive housing market using examples of classic children’s toys Barbie’s Dream House and Skeletor’s Castle Grayskull.

T-MOBILE

T-Mobile brought together Zach Braff and Donald Faison, stars of the sitcom “Scrubs” which aired from 2001 to 2010, to tout its super-fast 5G wireless network.

TOYOTA

Toyota enlisted a trio of famous “Jones” – Leslie Jones, Tommy Lee Jones and Rashida Jones – to present the 2022 Tundra. In the end, Nick Jonas joined the trio.

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