, characters can be seen with soda cans which are near-approximations of a Dr. Pepper can and a Sprite can, but which are not actual cans from the manufacturer. Why might this be? Photos within.
During a cafeteria scene, characters are seen with these two cans: Dr. Peeper
. I wondered if perhaps Dr. Peeper was a regional name for Dr. Pepper somewhere, but the Sprite can isn't a real can - it's a pretty well-done fake, with no text logo and a white & black stroke on the main logo instead of all-white (among other differences). [reference pic
of actual Sprite Can/Logo]
All-in-all, it looks like the people behind the show deliberately used mocked-up soda cans, but the fact that the cans they used would pass for recognizable major-brand cans to the casual viewer has me scratching my head about the motive. It's not quite product placement, but it hardly distances the on-screen item from a real-world manufacturer at all. Do TV-types assign some value to this verisimilitude, even when official arrangements to use a product aren't in place?
The same show has also taken to covering all Apple logos (on phones & laptops) with stickers which only
obscure the top-right corner, where the bite is. The show doesn't obscure all logos & trademarked materials, by any means.
I'm speculating rampantly about this, and I'm very curious about the goings-on of TV production in general, so I'd love to hear any thoughts, educated guesses or out-right answers to this one. Thanks in advance.