Family Guy Special Finds New Sponsor

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.

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Nov 09, 2009
Actually, M$ was smart for getting out while they still could (although they would've been smarter not to do it at all) because that special was terrible... Hell, all the FG stuff that night was awful. Actually made the Cleveland Show look good, which is sad.
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Nov 06, 2009
Probably because WB isn't forcing FG to work their product into the show, HemTROLL. Frankly, this is good news since we won't have to put up with jokes about how good Windows7 is... And M$ is pathetic for getting involved in this in the first place. They knew the kind of content FG has.
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Nov 05, 2009
Oh what a joke. Why don't you just rename this website Microsoftsuckslol.com? When it's Microsoft sponsoring it it's called selling out but when WB does it it's cool and funny? You people are pathetic.
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Nov 05, 2009
Sponsored by Sherlock Holmes? Can you say Stewie with a pipe and a deer hat and Brian with whatever Watson carrier around?
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Nov 05, 2009
I hope Seth sings a couple of songs, he has such an amazing voice and there is not one song in Family Guy that I don't like.
Include an extended version of the song he did for the 4th Futurama movie please!!
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Nov 04, 2009
mSFT's marketing department is completely useless. wth did they think family guy was?
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Nov 04, 2009
stew rocks
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Nov 04, 2009
oh please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please leak those cut jokes.
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Nov 03, 2009
It's still on the air because it does what it needs to accomplish this. It's not called selling out anymore it's called good business. It's a comedy that has no plot to consider that would be ruined by promoting a product. In fact, it might have resulted in a funny episode if it went along as planned.

Sometimes the writers for this site reach for anything to publish a lot of the time without having no clue about the facts. I remember not that long ago they posted something about the risque fox commercial that featured a strip club. They were questioning why did they tape the commercial. If they actually watched the shows that were featured in the taping you could see it was an edit of previous episodes with bar scenes. It was not a new taping at all. The writer did not relay this fact because he/she were not aware of this fact because they probably don't watch any of the shows that were featured in it.
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Nov 03, 2009
Cool. I love both Family Guy and Sherlock Holmes. It's better than the Family Guy/Microsoft thing.
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Nov 03, 2009
Thank god, those Microsoft jokes were painfully unfunny. Still won't be watching the special though.
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