Family Guy: Windows 7 episode (cancelled episode of animated series; late 2000s)
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In mid-to-late 2009 Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane signed a sponsorship deal with tech giant Microsoft to promote their then-new operating system Windows 7. Part of the sponsorship deal included an episode of Family Guy centered on Windows 7, which was to be released in October 2009 as part of the show's 8th season.
The sponsorship got relatively far, as Fox produced a commercial for Windows 7 featuring Stewie and Brian (though it was actually a scene from an earlier episode just dubbed over), and a commercial for the episode featuring Peter at a spelling bee also aired on Fox.
However, the episode would never see the light of day. Microsoft pulled the sponsorship with the Fox show after they viewed the taping for the "Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show". Microsoft explained their decision with the following statement:
“We initially chose to participate in the Seth and Alex variety show based on the audience composition and creative humor of ‘Family Guy,’ but after reviewing an early version of the variety show it became clear that the content was not a fit with the Windows brand,” said a Microsoft spokesperson. “We continue to have a good partnership with Fox, Seth MacFarlane and Alex Borstein and are working with them in other areas. We continue to believe in the value of brand integration and partnerships between brands, media companies and talent.”
Though the sponsorship was cancelled, in November 2009 Microsoft released four clips from the Family Guy unfinished episode. However, for unknown reasons, the videos were set to private sometime after 2010. Only one of these clips seems to have survived, as the other three can't currently be located online.
It is unknown exactly how far production went with this episode, although it was likely about half-finished when Microsoft pulled the sponsorship deal. The episode remains unseen to this day.