Windows 7 powered Family Guy special to air November 8

Microsoft has signed a deal with Fox to sponsor a variety show produced by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane. The special show, named "Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show", will air on November 8 in the US.

The show will feature no commercial ad time, no network promotions and no commercial breaks -- and instead will feature unique humor with original animation, live-action performances of "Family Guy's" most memorable musical numbers, comedy sketches and surprise celebrity guests. It's expected the sketches will focus on simplifying your PC and how easy and fast Windows 7 is to use.

"We're working with FOX on innovative brand integrations that will show how the power and simplicity of Windows 7 can enhance the content FOX viewers love," said Gayle Troberman, general manager of consumer engagement and advertising at Microsoft. "We have simplified the PC with Windows 7, and together with FOX, we're simplifying entertainment."

The 30 min special will be airing Sunday, Nov. 8, at 8:30 p.m. EST and PST.

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Fox, if you want to simplify viewing, get rid of all the stupid graphics and screen clutter on your sports programming.

I love Family Guy (Thus my name on Neowin) and I enjoy Microsoft, so this should be great. I really don't get all the people hating on Family Guy. If you either don't get the comedy or don't enjoy it, it doesn't mean that everyone should hate it. Same thing with music discussion on Neowin, everyone thinks their personal OPINIONS are fact for everyone.

"...we're simplifying entertainment."

Thank you Fox, I've so been struggling to sit and watch T.V.. Now that it's been simplified I won't have to tire myself out while watching. But, I guess it was only a matter of time b/f Fox did something like this, b/c Fox has already "simplified" the news by taking actually news out and filling it with Rightest propaganda.

Its obvious that those with the loudest opposition to this are Apple Fan Boys. Parading around like "average innocent and concerned American's" at local Health Care based town hall meetings and shouting them down. LOL. I hope you don't think we are stupid enough to not realize where all this negative reaction is coming from.

ccoltmanm said,
Dis Simpsons all you want, they have not sold out.

Ok, I won't diss them for selling out, instead I'll diss them for being a terrible show for the last near decade.

ccoltmanm said,
Dis Simpsons all you want, they have not sold out.


Aint no body gona lay a finger on my butter finger man... d'oh

Right, so Marge isn't appearing on the cover of Playboy soon? Simpsons is one of the most overly merchandised shows in the history of television; I mean I love the show but let's not say they haven't sold out.

I have no problem with this right now, we'll see how the episode is though. If this works, I'm fine with seeing a company agree to advertise in a program and keep that program commercial free with select product placement or a logo on the screen somewhere.

I've always hated the TV timeout in pro sports and wished they would get an inning, period or quarter paid by certain advertisers who were allowed to have their logo in corner or on the score ticker you see on your screen for the duration.

OMG can you all haters just shut up? really! I mean come on... flaming MS for buying airtime so we (FG viewers) can enjoy 30 mins of it without commercial breaks is awesome... I bet if apple bought commercial time for, I dunno, Nip and tuck or something you apple fanboys would be cheering.
Is it going to make me buy Windows 7 just because MS is providing my favorite show without interruptions??... No.

If you don't like the show then don't watch it. if you don't like it and you watch it anyway just to see what they do then I guess FOX and MS won... lol

Now drop the hate.

I don't really care about this "ads in disguised" sponsored by MS but for the fact that Fox put so much effort in Family Guy (and in the another serie that nobody loves). Family Guy is fine for a while but most people gets tired of a serie showing cheap jokes again and again and again and again. and so on.

Regards.
A Futurama fans. :-P


Family Guy = Excellent
Windows 7 = Excellent
Beer = Excellent
No breaks/ads = Excellent

Family Guy feat. Windows 7 + Beer + No breaks/ads = One Good Night!

My 2p worth.

KangoChad said,
Family Guy = Excellent
Windows 7 = Excellent
Beer = Excellent
No breaks/ads = Excellent

Family Guy feat. Windows 7 + Beer + No breaks/ads = One Good Night!

My 2p worth.


Thank you, I agree. I don't get what the hell everyone's problem with this actually is.

Dear God, where does MS come up with this stuff?

I love Windows 7, SERIOUSLY???

Are they serious?

This will be the 1977 special all over again...

"We have simplified the PC with Windows 7, and together with FOX, we're simplifying entertainment."
LOL. I sincerely hope this is a joke.

I wonder if Ballmer sat in a room with a bunch of marketing snobs and gave them all an assignment to come up with the most efficient way to appeal to the younger demographic.

"Gentlemen, I want you to broaden our audience. I don't think enough people realize how important Windows 7 is. Therefore, I want you to invade every corner of their psyche and CONVINCE them there is NO alternative. Ever."

It was probably a lot simpler than that. What do teenagers watch? [South Park, Family Guy, High School Musical, etc..] Well, lets pick one and flood their brains with it. I did however order it already for like... $30. That's hardly money for a new OS. I think they do need to get people on a new OS when they stop issuing security updates for XP at least...

I made an account just to say "lol" to that :D

This episode will hopefully be hilarious I'm still a little disappointed in the Cleveland Show though... oh well. Maybe it'll pick up next episode.

live-action performances of "Family Guy's" most memorable musical numbers

Well i wont be watching it... the 'musical numbers' are the worst part of family guy i hate them. Well, for that reason and that i don't live in the US

Hopefully it's at least funny, unlike the horrible Windows 7 party commercial.

However, this comment made me cringe: :S

We're working with FOX on innovative brand integrations that will show how the power and simplicity of Windows 7 can enhance the content FOX viewers love

brrr... Why can't they just speak the truth for once? Is it so hard to say "We want to advertise Windows 7 for one of its target demographies thanks to the funding from Microsoft?" Do anyone actually believe this "simplicity of Windows 7 enhancing FOX content" BS? Windows 7 is not even more simple than Vista, the advantages rather come from speed. The superbar makes better Family Guy episodes? Come on.

Jugalator said,
brrr... Why can't they just speak the truth for once? Is it so hard to say "We want to advertise Windows 7 for one of its target demographies thanks to the funding from Microsoft?".

I'm pretty sure that's REALLY implied.

Jugalator said,
Hopefully it's at least funny, unlike the horrible Windows 7 party commercial.

Well, the party commercial was made by houseparty.com and this will be made by Seth McFarlane. One of these is better at humor than the other.

As far as 7 not being simpler than Vista, I've found that not to be the case. Plugging in pretty much anything in 7 prompts an automatic driver download or at least a link to where to get the driver. It's the first OS I've ever installed where every single bit of hardware worked out of the box. Likewise, accessing things and solving problems seems simplified as well.

Don't get me wrong. The way this is worded is total corporate ad-speak but we shall see what actually happens. Chances are they underwrite the episode and get some passing references with ads at the start and end.

Ok, this is going to be real interesting, first off, family guy is one of my favorite shows. But what makes it funny is pretty much making fun of everything. If this turns into one giant freaking Microsoft commercial, allot of people will be pretty ****ed off that they messed up family guy.

OMG, Microsoft has to go down this low. (snipped)

What utter BS:
"We're working with FOX on innovative brand integrations that will show how the power and simplicity of Windows 7 can enhance the content FOX viewers love... We have simplified the PC with Windows 7, and together with FOX, we're simplifying entertainment."

I had to ROTF at that one.

I'm curious to see how this gets pulled off. I figure it will either be cool and something we've not seen before in a promotion, or it will be corny, condescending and a terrible waste of millions of dollars.

It could be incredible or total rubbish - I imagine it will feature a couple of historical mishaps and no doubt some apple jokes.

Oh no is right! Why the hell does a Windows Release feature on an adult animated comedy?

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Dear Seth McFarlane,

Why oh why did you sell out so badly? Many a year ago you had the best show on TV, now however you struggle to fill a 30 minute slot without resorting to pathetic "filler" sketches, and now you've been bought out by a corporation to advertise computer software.

I hope you realise that this is how you will be seen when you retire.

Regards,

Majesticmerc

Majesticmerc said,
Oh no is right! Why the hell does a Windows Release feature on an adult animated comedy?

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Dear Seth McFarlane,

Why oh why did you sell out so badly? Many a year ago you had the best show on TV, now however you struggle to fill a 30 minute slot without resorting to pathetic "filler" sketches, and now you've been bought out by a corporation to advertise computer software.

I hope you realise that this is how you will be seen when you retire.

Regards,

Majesticmerc

Dear Majesticmerc,

Wouldn't you?

Kind Regards,

Seth McFarlane
;)

Kalint said,
Oh no...


Can you guys quit saying "oh no" or the bleeping coolaid guy's just going to keep going through the wall.. hehe just had to....

neufuse said,
Can you guys quit saying "oh no" or the bleeping coolaid guy's just going to keep going through the wall.. hehe just had to....

OHH YEAAAAHH!!

Well, Steve Ballmer is about big enough to play the Kool-Aid Man... I can see Steve Ballmer crashing through a wall right after the Kool-Aid Man, one-upping him LOL!!

carmatic said,
i hope that Steve Ballmer will show up in the episode... he is just fine for Family Guy material

There was at least one episode with Bill Gates, so I don't see why not.

Unfortunately money totally makes the world go round, doesnt mean he's not a total sell out though. He's not quite as bad as Matt Groening yet, but he's well on his way. I mean come on, selling out to promote software on your TV show? He already wipes his arse with fifties, why does he need corporate shills feeding him money?

Majesticmerc said,
Dear Seth McFarlane,

Why oh why did you sell out so badly? Many a year ago you had the best show on TV, now however you struggle to fill a 30 minute slot without resorting to pathetic "filler" sketches, and now you've been bought out by a corporation to advertise computer software.

Try to do a show like that for nine years and maybe you'll understand.

But why he sold out to MS I don't know. Seinfeld did the same thing. I guess if someone throws a few million $$$ in your lap you might change your mind too.

I would however vomit if I had to do a commercial like that Windows 7 release party one, or any of the other Stepford Wives ads MS has made over the years.

Majesticmerc said,
Unfortunately money totally makes the world go round, doesnt mean he's not a total sell out though. He's not quite as bad as Matt Groening yet, but he's well on his way. I mean come on, selling out to promote software on your TV show? He already wipes his arse with fifties, why does he need corporate shills feeding him money?

so he can start wiping his arse with banjamins