A Microsoft deal to sponsor a special episode of Family Guy was cancelled. Here are 5 shows better suited for a Windows 7 sponsorship.
Microsoft planned to sponsor an upcoming episode of Family Guy but cancelled because of the show’s objectionable content. The suits at Microsoft took issue with some of the potentially controversial jokes in the Windows-sponsored special “Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex’s Almost Live Comedy Show” and backed out of the deal.
I’m sure that you are just as shocked as I am about this development. No, I’m not surprised that Microsoft backed out of the deal; I’m surprised that anyone at the company didn’t anticipate some foul jokes from a show that routinely mines comedy from non-comedic topics like the Holocaust, slavery, domestic violence, and drunk driving. It’s Family Guy! Have Steve Ballmer’s people never turned on their TV before?
Microsoft had a problem with Family Guy, so here are some suggestions for television shows that are more suited for a Windows 7 promotion.
The upstart high-school comedic drama already seems like one long commercial for iTunes. These kids break into song before every commercial break, so it would be a great chance for corporate synergy. Heck, you already have a Windows 7 rap/pop song ready for Mr. Schu’s ragtag group of outcasts to belt out like it’s a Top 20 hit.
Bob & Doug
You gave people in the Dutch village Zevenhuizen 777 free copies of Windows 7 for promotion. Why not spread some of that Microsoft Love to the great folks of Maple Lake? Bob & Doug may have its share of inappropriate moments, but you probably haven’t watched this show either, so no worries. Have a special episode where Windows 7 exposes Bob and Doug to the wonders of the Internet, helping them break away from their stereotypical lives. Windows 7: Your Window to the World. Has that been trademarked?
It seems so obvious! The Office is a comedy about inept bosses, outdated practices, and annoying co-workers. There’s no better place to push Windows 7 as the evolution of desktop computing than Dunder-Mifflin, a place I’m sure is still using Windows XP…maybe even Win 95. How great would it have been to watch Michael Scott learn to convert his peripherals to Windows 7? At worst, it would have been the perfect set-up for a “That’s what she said” the moment someone brought up plugs and drivers.
Much like Windows Vista, Heroes has been accused of bloating up with characters and suffering because it is directionless. It’s widely been reported that Windows 7 is what “Vista should have been” and a great operating system that isn’t as frustrating as a Heroes plotline. Take advantage of the stellar reviews and bring the same treatment to Heroes: sponsor the death of one of the shows’ unnecessary actors. Let’s see how bold those Mac vs. PC commercials get when Justin Long knows that Sylar is back to his bloodthirsty ways.
A no brainer. Have a challenge that requires Amazing Race contestants to search a Windows 7-equipped desktop for a document containing their next clue. Viewers will discover how easy it is to use Windows 7, making the OS look good as contestants say it was “the easiest clue in the history of the show…thanks Windows!” *flash Toothpaste smile*
Such a deal will be the most blatant corporate tie-in ever, but it will still be better than this: