That's what I never understood about product placement in modern soaps. Why did it have to be so bad, so corny and SO obvious?
There is nothing inherently degrading about product placement within the show if it is done cleverly - some big prestigious movies manage it seamlessly - and yet so little effort was made at making it anything but cheap and obvious when it was done in recent times.
As if the people behind it thought the soap audience was so stupid that it had to be heavy-handed to work.
@SoapsudsNishioka posted this video of practicing with Thiem at the French (note you don’t really see him at all—but it’s just funny to hear Yoshi’s commentary about Thiem’s technique and how difficult it is to play him):
FAVORITE STORY Unknown Roles
LET'S PRETEND Unknown Roles
YOUNG LOVE Jimmy
THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS Chris Thayer 1950-52
DOCTOR HUDSON;S SECRET JOURNAL Dr. Roy Weston 1956
NBCs MATINEE THEATER Unknown Role "When the Bough Breaks" 1956
THE LIFE OF RILEY Simon Vanderhopper 1949-50
ROCKY JONES, SPACE RANGER Biffen "Biff" Cardoza 1954
SO THIS IS HOLLYWOOD Andy Boone 1955
LOVE THAT JILL Richard 1958