( A growing TV cover-up: Obnoxious pop-up promosCollapse )
...almost any viewer can cite annoying instances where a pop-up ad has upstaged a show's dramatic climax or obscured vital on-screen information.
Viewers hate the detective hero of "Monk" rising from the bottom left screen for eight or nine seconds of vamping, followed by a ghostly but distracting text line that looms for several long minutes to accommodate even the slowest readers: "Monk All New Tonight 9/8c."
The USA network's motto is "Characters Welcome." Well, that "Monk" message adds up to 21 characters, none of them welcome.( .Collapse )
( Here's that great Family Guy parody of TV popup adsCollapse )