We had our doubts about Microsoft's partnership with Fox's upcoming Family Guy special, and apparently Microsoft did, too. The computer giant stepped out of its sponsorship duties last week after it questioned some of the content in Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show, but someone has already stepped in to take its place.
Warner Bros.' Sherlock Holmes will log in instead, according to Variety, likely paying for the privilege of running one long trailer for the film and a few mentions of "sponsored by Sherlock Holmes!"
The original plan of Microsoft and Family Guy being BFFs had Stewie and others making jokes that promote the new Windows 7 operating system, but Microsoft allegedly balked when the special's plans included jokes about standard Family Guy fare: deaf people, feminine hygiene, the Holocaust. The new sponsor means that the Microsoft-specific portions will likely be cut and we won't have to suffer through forced Microsoft jokes. However, it will still run longer than the standard 22 minutes and only be interrupted by a Sherlock Holmes trailer or two.
Is the Sherlock Holmes sponsorship featuring a simple trailer more tolerable than a corporation paying for in-show jokes? Absolutely. And Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane gets to keep some of his cred (sort of) now that an advertiser won't directly pay for snarky Stewie jokes about its products.
Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show is set to air November 8 on Fox.