How Amazon Saves You From the ‘Showhole’ When You Don’t Know What to Binge Next

With Fire TV, you find a new show instantly

It's one of the unhappy side effects of binge-watching—that deep emptiness you feel inside after burning through your favorite on-demand series. 

Amazon calls the common condition a "Showhole," and two new 30-second ads promote its Fire TV line of internet-streaming hardware products as the solution. 

The first spot stars a couple who are struggling to find their next source of entertainment. The fruitless search has strained the relationship to the point where its very future hangs in the balance. (The guy worries this could be cause enough for his partner to flee back to her ex—not a good sign.) 

Cue the Fire TV, with analytics that make it easy to dive right into a new show that appeals to both your tastes and your significant other's, ensuring love lives to fight another day. 

In the second ad, a man panics over the impending end of his beloved series. When Fire TV comes to the rescue, his next dose of tranquilizer is queued up and ready to go.

Agency Wongdoody created the ads, which join a previous spot from November:

It's a solid insight, based on a funny (if slightly shameful) truth about current TV consumption habits. In December, Netflix launched a campaign based on a similar premise. (In that 90-second ad, a series-bereft young woman's best friend tries consoling her by rattling off the titles they could watch next, over tortuous hours actually spent doing things away from the screen—though his deep knowledge of the catalog suggests he might, in fact, be a recommendation algorithm

The Amazon ads, for their part, are amusing, with nice little touches of the ridiculous. The boyfriend—who looks like an everyman Zach Galifianakis, with a dose of Nick Offerman mixed in—lip-syncs the voiceover while summoning his remote as if by telekinesis. In the other spot, the young bachelor is literally swallowed up by his couch, a great visual manifestation of a feeling everyone has probably had. 

Naturally, the campaign doesn't point out that the showhole is really just a return to the emotional void that made you want to binge-watch in the first place. But it's probably safer to keep downing an endless stream of charming pixels than reflect on that too much.

CREDITS: Amazon Fire TV #Showhole

Agency: WongDoody

Chairman, Executive Creative Director: Tracy Wong

Creative Director: Adam Nowak

Associate Creative Director, Art Director: Mishy Cass

Associate Creative Director, Copywriter: Matt McCain

Senior Producer: Nikki Castillo

Group Account Director: Megan Meagher

Account Director: Erin Billmaier

Client: Amazon

Executive Creative Director: Michael Boychuk

Senior Marketing Manager: Augie Gramaglia

Production Company: Dummy

Director: Michael Illick

Director of Photography: James Whitaker

Executive Producer: Eric Liney

Producer: Paul Manix

Postproduction: Whitehouse Post

Editor of "Showhole Couple": Corky DeVault

Editor of "Showhole Stuck": Brian Gannon

Producer: Jennifer Mersis

Head of Production: Joanna Manning

Executive Producer: Joni Williamson

Visual Effects: Carbon VFX

Executive Producer: Matt McManus

Audio: Clatter & Din

Engineer: Sam Gray

Color: Company 3

Senior Colorist: Sean Coleman

Talent:

Voiceover: Malcolm McDowell

"Couple"

Husband: Steve Berg

Wife: Sylvia Panacione

Hot Guy: Kirby Heyborne

"Stuck"

Stuck Man: Kwame Boateng