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Microsoft exits as sponsor of 'Family Guy' special

Fans of "Family Guy" are chortling about Microsoft's belated discovery that a "Family Guy" special might not jibe with the software giant's corporate image. On Monday, Microsoft said it's pulling out as sponsor of a "Family Guy" variety show, just two weeks after announcing its sole sponsorship of the special, "Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show," scheduled to air Nov. 8. The Fox special apparently follows in the racy tradition of the animated "Family Guy" series — just as any fan would expect. The special includes "typical 'Family Guy'-style jokes, including riffs on deaf people, the Holocaust, feminine hygiene and incest," said Variety, which first reported Microsoft's exit.

'Family Guy' Sneak Peek: The Windows 7 Promotion

Some features from Windows 7 are promoted through " Family Guy " when Stewie is trying his hand on installing the new Microsoft program on Brian's laptop. This sort-of-new way to do an advertisement had been reported last week but a sneak peek from the cartoon's episode has just been released. Brian does all the talking, boasting the program's abilities such as recording TV programs with DVR, organizing photos in the media center and easily switching between programs with the user-friendly interface. Underneath it all, Stewie only attempts to do his first Tweet. Fox struck a deal with Microsoft to include the sponsorship in an episode airing November 8. As part of the deal, the special will run at 8.30/7.30c without commercials. Instead, it will feature Microsoft-branded programing that "blend with the show's content" such as original animation, live action performances of "The Family Guy" musical numbers, comedy sketches and celebrity guests. Windows 7 itself will be launched on October 22. Source & Sneak Peek

The Cleveland Show Renewed Through 2011 - Featured

Fox already has picked up The Cleveland Show for the last nine episodes of its second season. The Family Guy spin-off was picked up last May for the first 13 episodes of a second season starting next year - four months before the show's debut. The Fox show's initial season got under way Sept. 27, bringing in 9.5 million viewers and scoring an impressive 4.9 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic. The animated comedy's premiere was also the highest debut in 18-to-34 demo and marked one of the highest-rated scripted series openers so far this fall. Source Here

Family Guy Latest Episode: Season 8, Episode 2 - Family Goy'

After finding a lump on her breast, Lois goes to the doctor to get it tested. Thankfully, the tests come back benign. However, the doctor looks into her family medical history and reveals that Lois is actually Jewish. Peter is eager at first for this new change, but after being visited by the ghost of his father, he changes his tune. Watch & Discuss: Watch Family Guy: Season 8, Episode 2 - Family Goy' Read Family Guy's Review: Season 8, Episode 2 - Family Goy'

The Tonight Show: Seth MacFarlane & Michael Moore

Conan chatted with Family Guy 's Seth MacFarlane and Seth busted out a few voices, plus talked about the Emmy winners on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien Thursday. Conan also had a visit from Michael Moore to talk about his new movie hitting theaters this weekend! Tonight Show: Seth MacFarlane (10/01/09) Tonight Show: Michael Moore (10/01/09) Also, check out some other fun Conan clips of the night: Tonight Show: Conan's Tabloid Moment (10/01/09) Blame it on LaBamba (10/01/09) Andy's Romantic Description (10/01/09) Conan Does Barbershop (10/01/09)

Sunday Ratings: Family Guy Head of Housewives? - Featured

Wisteria Lane residents, be advised: Stewie's plan for world domination is coming together. Hot off its historic Emmy nod, Fox's Family Guy scored its biggest audience in more than a year, with 10.2 million assembled for its eighth-season premiere, preliminary Nielsen estimates showed. Even more impressive, in the 9 p.m. half-hour, Family Guy dominated a downsized Desperate Housewives among young people who weren't watching the football game on NBC. All in all, it was a pretty ugly night for Housewives. The pretty: The six-season-old ABC soap ended up as Sunday's most-watched show after football, with 13.2 million fans. The ugly: It lost about 5.5 million fans from last fall's opener. Source: E!Online - Family Guy Head of Housewives ?

Family Guy Latest Episode: Season 8, Episode 1 - 'Road to the Multiverse'

Brian and Stewie go on another road trip through alternate universes using a special remote control. Including a post-apocalyptic world, a parallel world run by dogs where humans are pets and a universe reminiscent of the show Robot Chicken. Watch & Discuss: Watch Family Guy: Season 8, Episode 1 - 'Road to the Multiverse' Read Family Guy's Review: Season 8, Episode 1 - 'Road to the Multiverse'


'Family Guy' banned in Venezuela Government officials in Venezuela have reportedly threatened TV networks with fines if they do not remove Family Guy from their schedules. The region's Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami claimed that the US animated show advocates drug use, Contactmusic reports. The government cited an episode of the Seth MacFarlane-created series which sees the characters seemingly champion the legalisation of marijuana. Authorities announced yesterday that they would financially penalise network bosses who ignore the ban. It was previously reported that the Fox network had decided not to air a "controversial" episode of the programme dealing with abortion.

FAMILY GUY Season 8 - First Look

Take a sneak peek at the first episode of Season 8 of Family Guy airing this Sunday Sept 27 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on Fox. The episode, titled "Road to the Multiverse", has Stewie and Brian travel to multiple universes. Source Here

Video: 'Family Guy' Takes Jab at 'Flight of the Conchords' - Featured

" Family Guy " takes a second jab at fellow Emmy nominee, this time 'beating down' Brian the Dog for thinking about voting for "Flight of the Conchords" as the winner of Best Comedy Series at the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Calling the HBO show "wacky", Stewie yelled to Brian, "They are not even from here!" Stewie makes a reference to "Conchords" stars Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, who play fictionalized versions of themselves. They are both natives of New Zealand who migrate to New York City in order to seek fame and success in their music career. "Conchords" co-creator James Bobin himself was surprised at the inclusion of the show in the run for Best Comedy. "We hadn't had a sense that anything was afoot. I read the occasional preview, and we hadn't been mentioned at all," he said. Through the mocking videos, "Family Guy", which is the only animated series admitted to the category, is campaigning for a win at the awards show. Earlier this week, " The Office " version was released, using the same "Where's My Emmy?" scene but with different dubbing. Creator Seth MacFarlane will release similar videos in the days to come for the other nominees in the particular category. MacFarlane stated his belief back in July that there is a slim chance "Family Guy" will win Best Comedy. He said, "I don't think [voters] are ready to award an animated show best comedy. I don't think they're sure of what that would mean to the institution as a whole." The awards will be held on September 20 and aired live by CBS from Los Angeles. To Watch The Video Click here . Source Here