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Not even James Van Der Beek can save HTC's latest ad for the One

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When HTC chief Peter Chou admitted that that inadequate marketing had led to HTC's disappointing smartphone sales, he vowed to inject some more money into the promotion of his company's products. Unfortunately, money isn't everything. With the HTC One due to go on sale in the US in the next week, the company has commissioned a new ad campaign featuring a painfully self-aware James Van Der Beek (of Dawson's Creek fame) in a parody of US reality TV show The Bachelor.

Unfortunately, not even Van Der Beek can save the following three minutes and forty seconds from being absolutely cringeworthy. HTC might be trying to match the star power Samsung's assembled in its latest ads with Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd, but it should maybe look into some better writers as well.