Bad ear crops tick me off so much - if you can't have it done right, don't have it done at all. And one of the only ways to get a good crop is to go with a good breeder. People ask where my dogs' ears were cropped... I tell them the cropper was flown in from Montana by the breeder.
I know a few dogs with crops that aren't horrible, but IMO nothing comes close to a cropping job done by a cropping vet who works with show dogs.
But, I think a lot of these casting agencies don't know what to look for in a good Doberman - or any dog, for that matter. Seems that some are well bred, but a lot are nothing better than you'd find in a pet shop. This in turn makes the public think, 'oh, my lab Max looks just like that dog on XYZ tv show, he *must* be purty enough to breed!' (o a side note - CM seems to like to breed his pit bull Daddy - does that dog have any titles whatsoever?)
It scares me when I see the ads for Cottonelle - how many yellow lab litters must be produced to keep peoples' brains focused on toilet paper.... eesh.