but the Bill (Gates) and Jerry (Seinfeld) show is apparently over.
After two memorable, quirky and definitely different television ads, Microsoft has decided to pull the plug on Gates and Seinfeld.
It’s a strange decision because you have to wonder how many layers within Microsoft had to approve the concept before it was finally allowed to see the light of day? Sure, the ads weren’t unanimously embraced but they attracted a lot of attention. And who’s to say they weren’t going to get better?
I’ll give Microsoft credit for trying something new and, to be honest, the ads had potential. Seinfeld was Seinfeld but he was outshone by Gates, whose stole the show as his sidekick. If the series had been given more time to evolve, it would have been fascinating to see Gates’ persona and public personality evolve.
So, I guess it’s back to the drawing board for Microsoft, which is spending $300-million on an advertising campaign to give itself a new image. And what of Seinfeld? If they’ve committed to paying him 10 million smackers, what’s he going to do now?
For more on the story of “Not that there’s anything wrong that that”, check out Wikipedia. For one last view of the Gates-Seinfeld show, here’s the first episode: