We'll address the gigantic sell-out that is Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show (brought to you buy Windows 7) in a moment. But the more immediate news is that the Windows 7 party-people are going to have to feed their guests with government cheese. Peter Griffin has put them out of work.
Microsoft has paid what can only be a monstrous (yet undisclosed) amount of money to hire Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to do it better. The result will be a special episode of Family Guy scheduled for November 8, which will feature Windows 7 product placement inside the cartoon--and may later come to embody the very moment that Family Guy, once beloved by stoners and Big Lebowski fans everywhere, sold out.
Nevermind FG's last mention of a Microsoft product, which must have made for an awkward moment in negotiations:
It's not just that the show is becoming massively more popular than ever before, thanks to safer jokes and insipid story-lines. It's not just that the Family Guy franchise has become nested in two lame copy-cats, The Cleveland Show and American Dad ("the watered-down setup now feels like a copy of a copy of a copy," says USA Today of the Cleveland Show.) It's that people used to watch Family Guy for bizarre two-minute chicken fights which crash through jargony corporate scenes, not for entire shows that endorse them. The Family Guy we once knew may be gone forever.