The Big Bang Theory actress starred in not one, but two high profile Super Bowl commercials (for Priceline and Toyota) — and you can make that three if you include CBS’ gridiron-themed BBT spot.
The show’s post-Super Bowl episode was about as exciting as the 49ers locker room after the big game.
Winner: American Idol
Hot off major accolades for Kelly Clarkson’s scorching, 100% live “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” at President Obama’s Inauguration, fellow Idol alum Jennifer Hudson stole the show (from a pure vocal standpoint) on Sunday with a Gospel-tinged “America the Beautiful” (backed movingly by the children of Sandy Hook Elementary). Say what you want about Fox’s reality singing franchise, but its graduates never disappoint when it’s their turn at the mic.
Loser: Sean Paul
Beyoncé’s shimmy-rific Halftime Show included the 2003 hit “Baby Boy,” but the Jamaican rapper’s verses were — rather oddly — piped in electronically. Did the Lady Knowles trim the budget by not inviting him to participate? Could Sean Paul have possibly turned down such a high-profile gig? Either way, his Sunday evening had to feel less than Super.
Winner: Josh Charles
Arguably one of the Ravens’ most high profile fans, the well-connected Good Wife actor witnessed his team’s triumph literally from the sidelines. He later tweeted celebratory post-game pics with Ravens coach John Harbaugh, QB Joe Flacco (pictured) and RB Ray Rice.
Loser(s): Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
No celeb couple had more to lose by a Ravens victory than these two. Garner is a rabid Niners fan, while Affleck favors the Patriots — the very team the Ravens toppled to get to the Super Bowl. (Don’t feel too bad for ’em, though: They’re still Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, after all.)
Despite power issues that darkened New Orleans’ Superdome and delayed the game, the Eye network is looking at one of the highest-rated Super Bowl telecasts in history.
Loser(s): Criminal Minds, The Good Wife and The Mentalist
CBS showed a lot of love to its shows during Sunday’s four-hour extravaganza. But as the Los Angeles Times pointed out, there were three Eye programs that received zero ad time — and those redheaded stepchildren are pictured above. Cue a class action suit from Lockhart-Gardner in 5, 4, 3, 2…
NBC’s rookie drama about a global blackout wasted no time capitalizing on the big power outage, claiming via its official Twitter account: “Just a taste of what’s to come on March 25.”
How can a plump, bespectacled geek score an 18-second smooch with model Bar Refaeli and be labeled a loser? When said geek is at the center of GoDaddy’s widely panned spot.
Winner: U.S. Agriculture
Thanks to Budweiser’s two-Kleenex ad reuniting one of its trademark Clydesdales with the man who raised him, as well as Dodge Ram’s stirring “Farmer” spot, down on the farm was the hot place to be.
Winner(s): Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams
We’d all suspected Beyoncé’s Destiny’s Child cohorts would join her at some point during her Super Bowl Halftime Show set, but when they popped out from underneath the stage to the opening strains of “Bootylicious” — “Kelly, can you handle this? Michelle, can you handle this?” — the thrill factor was unexpectedly high. The D.C. duo looked fantastic, helped Bey carry some of the vocal load, and (even though Michelle still can’t really dance) added a little extra spice to Beyoncé’s solo hit “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”
Loser: Your Waistline
Studies show the average American consumes roughly 1200 calories during the game, making Super Bowl Sunday the second largest food consumption day after Thanksgiving. (In other news, these elastic-waistband pants are okay for the office, right?)
Who makes your list of winners and losers from Super Bowl 2013? Sound off in the comments!