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Microsoft Pulls Plans for Windows 7 Family Guy

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Microsoft has scrubbed its plans to sponsor a show written by Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane.

Over the last few weeks you've aired your thoughts on the available three clips of Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show. Most of you didn't like it. Some of the clips were better than others but even that wasn't saying much. However, it turns out Microsoft didn't like the way things were shaping up, either. The company canceled plans for the show because it was not a fit with the Windows brand. And Jerry Seinfeld was? What exactly do they mean when they say it's not in line with the Windows brand?

Well apparently, the boring snippets of the show we saw were nothing compared to what Microsoft saw. We got the run of the mill stuff while the execs at Microsoft saw something that cracked jokes at the expense of deaf people, the Holocaust, feminine hygiene and incest.

"We initially chose to participate in the Seth and Alex variety show based on the audience composition and creative humor of 'Family Guy,' but after reviewing an early version of the variety show, it became clear that the content was not a fit with the Windows brand," a Microsoft spokesperson told Variety. The company spokesperson went on to say that Microsoft continues to have a good partnership with Fox, Seth MacFarlane and Alex Borstein and is working with them in other areas.

Variety goes on to say that Fox still plans to air the show but the network is now looking for a new sponsor. Any takers?

Read the full story here.

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    tektek , October 27, 2009 7:01 PM
    I think that was a good move on MS's part
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    gekko668 , October 27, 2009 6:57 PM
    Good riddance, it wasn't even funny at all.
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    falconqc , October 27, 2009 7:00 PM
    The guys on the marketing team should have done some research beforehand. Family guy is a good show, but its humor can be pretty offensive. I personally find the concept fun, I just think Family Guy was the wrong show to do it with. Maybe an American Dad or Simpson could have pulled it off better.
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    tektek , October 27, 2009 7:01 PM
    I think that was a good move on MS's part
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    cybrcatter , October 27, 2009 7:02 PM
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    cracked jokes at the expense of deaf people, the Holocaust, feminine hygiene and incest


    I bet there were some funny skits in there, but Microsoft probably made the right choice. Not everyone has a rich sense of humor, and this could have been an unfortunate source of grief for MS.
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    landerx74 , October 27, 2009 7:03 PM
    And what is wrong with a little off humor!? Haven't you heard the one about the deaf woman who smells down there and gets forced to go to a labor camp during the Holocaust and is forced to be with her own brother!! That one ALWAYS cracks me up! Get a sense of humor Microsoft!
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    dextermat , October 27, 2009 7:07 PM
    stop spending all that useless money on marketing and make good products for god shakes....

    I really cannot believe all those marketing scheme to sell crap to consumer...

    If you make good product: people will buy it. Just look a t windows xp, yeah got problems at beginning but when fix, more and more people bought it damn!!!!

    If they stop spending big buck on advertisement, you could sell win 7 cheaper an then make more money (stupid marketer, you make things cost more for nothing)
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    Jerky_san , October 27, 2009 7:10 PM
    Wonder what they expected.. edgy is what sells these days.. if you had a happy day's like show try sell windows 7 I'm fairly certain you wouldn't sell to the proper crowd..
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    tenor77 , October 27, 2009 7:14 PM
    landerx74And what is wrong with a little off humor!? Haven't you heard the one about the deaf woman who smells down there and gets forced to go to a labor camp during the Holocaust and is forced to be with her own brother!! That one ALWAYS cracks me up! Get a sense of humor Microsoft!


    Nothing wrong with off humor, but don't blast a company for taking the safe road. Special interest groups are a PIA and the last thing a company wants is to be boycotted based on a show sponsorship. That's not a good way to keep your job if your names on the project. My company sponsors a sporting team that made a controversial call during an event, and we had people threatening to never buy our products again because of it.
    Stupid? Yes, but that is the American public at large.
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    dingumf , October 27, 2009 7:17 PM
    landerx74And what is wrong with a little off humor!? Haven't you heard the one about the deaf woman who smells down there and gets forced to go to a labor camp during the Holocaust and is forced to be with her own brother!! That one ALWAYS cracks me up! Get a sense of humor Microsoft!



    Normal Family Guy is quite funny but these adverts for MS is just.. not funny at all.
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    rooket , October 27, 2009 7:24 PM
    Not too big of a family guy fan here.

    Microsoft if you are reading this, you should have chosen Futurama. It is more in tune with the high tech audience and has less racial jokes afaik I could be wrong. Fox puts on the air what they feel people want to see, not necessarily what smarter people want.
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    rooket , October 27, 2009 7:25 PM
    Not too big of a family guy fan here.

    Microsoft if you are reading this, you should have chosen Futurama. It is more in tune with the high tech audience and has less racial jokes afaik I could be wrong. Fox puts on the air what they feel people want to see, not necessarily what smarter people want.

    As far as I remember, Futurama did good with Beck on that episode.
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    AtuBrian , October 27, 2009 7:32 PM
    what a bunch of marketing bullshit
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    tipoo , October 27, 2009 7:36 PM
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    Aw, that description of stuff in the episode makes me almost not really sad about missing a joke about Windows 7 making it easier to insert tampons for deaf people during the Holocaust. Shucks.
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    agentjon , October 27, 2009 7:43 PM
    Nazis use Macs would have been a little over the top. I'm glad MS came their sencese on that one.
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    deadlockedworld , October 27, 2009 8:23 PM
    rooketNot too big of a family guy fan here.Microsoft if you are reading this, you should have chosen Futurama. It is more in tune with the high tech audience and has less racial jokes afaik I could be wrong. Fox puts on the air what they feel people want to see, not necessarily what smarter people want.As far as I remember, Futurama did good with Beck on that episode.


    Exactly-- also a show thats off the air with a large fanbase would be more willing to accept funding. Futurama was good at playful jabs, unlike the hard ones Seth takes. (i can see it now--civilization collapsed because everyone stayed on their computers playing with windows 7... )
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    backin5 , October 27, 2009 8:35 PM
    Maybe they should use this clip from Friends instead:

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    backin5 , October 27, 2009 8:37 PM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLeBWcARXYo
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    CoryInJapan , October 27, 2009 9:00 PM
    lol it was a stupid idea anyways.
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    socrates047 , October 27, 2009 9:26 PM
    A big company like Microsoft really needs to preserve their images, so it makes sense for them not taking any risks to segregate and or alienate potential customers.
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    enforcer22 , October 27, 2009 9:38 PM
    "creative humor of 'Family Guy,"

    I find that line the most funny thing to ever have the words family guy in it.i mean seriously they have one modular joke they use over and over again for years. it wasnt funny when it started its mind numbingly stupid now.

    its so far from funny it would take till the end of the universe to see funny.. good move MS find something with even a hint of creativity if you want to work with a tv show. family guy sure as hell isnt it.
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