Meet Andrew Luck's Out-of-Control Beard in DirecTV's New Ad

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Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new and trending TV commercials tracked by, a company that catalogs, tags and measures activity around TV ads in real time. The New Releases here ran on TV for the first time yesterday. The Most Engaging ads are showing sustained social heat, ranked by SpotShare scores reflecting the percent of digital activity associated with each one over the past week. See the methodology here.

Among the new releases, Starbucks helps a man beat out his "work house" colleague in the latest Doubleshot ad, while Dollar Shave Club's afforabable razors mean you don't have to keep your razor until it's rusty, hairy and looks like it's going to grow legs and walk away. DirecTV also unveiled a new spot to promote its NFL Sunday Ticket package. This time, the satellite provider tapped Colts quarterback Andrew Luck to play alter-ego "Out-of-Control Beard Andrew Luck," who has cable, and carries a laptop in his beard during games because he doesn't have Fantasy Zone.

Today's TV Ad Highlights
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New Releases
Top new ads recently aired on national TV
DirecTV: Out of Control Beard Andrew Luck DirecTV: Out of Control Beard Andrew Luck
Network: TNT
Show: Castle
Primetime Airing: Aug. 31, 8:15 pm ET
Little Caesars Pizza: Password Hint Little Caesars Pizza: Password Hint
Network: ION
Show: Criminal Minds
Primetime Airing: Aug. 31, 9:45 pm ET
Dollar Shave Club: Razor Escapes Dollar Shave Club: Razor Escapes
Network: NBA TV
Show: NBA Hardwood Classics
Primetime Airing: Aug. 31, 10:01 pm ET
Dairy Queen: Fan Anthem Dairy Queen: Fan Anthem
Network: FOX
Show: So You Think You Can Dance
Primetime Airing: Aug. 31, 8:30 pm ET
Starbucks: Workhorse Starbucks: Workhorse
Network: TBS
Show: Family Guy
Primetime Airing: Aug. 31, 8:55 pm ET
Most Engaging
Top ads by SpotShare for the past 7 days
Xbox: NFL on Xbox: Professor of Game Day Evolution Xbox: NFL on Xbox: Professor of Game Day Evolution
Online Views: 578,202
Social Actions: 55,149
SpotShare: 4.06%
Netflix: Narcos: 1979 Netflix: Narcos: 1979
Online Views: 574,116
Social Actions: 27,115
SpotShare: 2.13%
Truth: It's a Trap Truth: It's a Trap
Online Views: 309,214
Social Actions: 10,563
SpotShare: 0.87% Racial Inequality Racial Inequality
Online Views: 123,591
Social Actions: 9,931
SpotShare: 0.74%
Old Spice: Interruption Old Spice: Interruption
Online Views: 828,404
Social Actions: 627
SpotShare: 0.42%

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