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The Muppets are back on ABC with a new series, but the characters have a long history on television and film. The original series, The Muppet Show, aired between 1976 and 1981, and it had a variety format.
Toughpigs.com is a Muppet Show fansite, and they have found the most famous prop from the series in a box at The Jim Henson Company. The video below shows the unveiling of the original sign used on the series.
Dave Hulteen, Jerome Green, and Johnny Shyr were joined by Karen Falk for the unveiling of this special item. It does look smaller than it appeared on television, but it is an iconic piece of television history.
The new Muppets have had a difficult start. Not every viewer appreciates the new more adult reality series take the series »
When I was recapping New Girl, I started to feel like a broken record (corrupted audio file? I feel like this phrase needs to be updated) when it came to the fact that New Girl is a hangout show squeezing itself into a structure it doesn’t quite fit. I’m worried this same old story is going to repeat itself when it comes to The Muppets, a show that could not make less sense as a single-camera mockumentary series.When the initial trailers were rolled out for The Muppets, I was hopeful that what we’d be getting was a Muppets parody of network sitcoms. After all, The Muppet Show was basically a parody variety show; just about every Muppets movie is either one giant genre parody or a pastiche of very specific parodies (or both); and even Up Late, The Muppets’ show within a show, is a parody of late-night talk shows. »
- Jenny Jaffe
Dreams and hallucinations can be the broadest of horror staples. Throw in some weird imagery, maybe a few jarring cuts, and you have an instant scare. But an effective dream sequence is more than technique, it’s a filmmaker capturing a specific type of fear: losing control, having your life shattered, or meeting a manifestation of your guilt. The dream or the hallucination is the character’s psyche putting the pieces together or falling apart completely. Of course, dreams don’t always require messages. Sometimes, they’re just damn scary.
Aliens (1986)- Ripley’s nightmare
Aliens is the perfect sequel for many reasons. It follows in the footsteps of the original 1979 classic while existing as its own entity and delivering new characters that are just as memorable as the first’s. What’s more, it favors high-tension action scenes over more traditional horror-centric scenes, demonstrating the malleability of the series. »
The other night I was watching ABC’s The Muppets with my wife, who is a bit younger than me, and doesn’t have the memories of The Muppet Show and Muppet movies of the ‘80s that I do. She laughed when it was funny and rolled her eyes when silent groans were required. And I suppose I did too, and I’ve enjoyed the show, three episodes in. But there’s also something very sad about this reboot of the franchise. Not for the show, or its production, which cleverly takes us behind the scenes of the Muppet universe in faux documentary style. But rather, the sadness was mine, because somewhere five-year-old me was aghast at the adult version of a children’s classic. Kermit was drinking. Fozzie was dating. Ms. Piggy was…ok, totally unchanged. And in an entertainment era where no franchise can escape a reboot pitch, »
- Mike Spry
The new Muppets series has drawn some controversy for its 'adult' tone, but series co-creator Bill Prady has insisted that the intention was "to very much honour" the original Muppet Show.
"The goal here is to be exactly the same and completely different," Prady told Digital Spy. "That is what we are trying to do. [Our intention] is to very much honour The Muppet Show – but at the same time, do something that is contemporary and works on television now."
Fellow series boss Bob Kushell said that his and Prady's "very clear vision" was to appeal to both Muppets newcomers and long-time fans.
"Anybody who hasn't seen The Muppets in the past will see this whole new world and it will feel fresh »
The Muppet Show was a huge success in syndication back in the 1970s but the follow-up series Muppets Tonight ran for two short seasons before being cancelled by ABC in 1998. Is the public ready for another Muppet TV show? Will this one be cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.
Set in a mockumentary style, The Muppets follows the lives of the crew behind talk show Up Late with Miss Piggy. Diva Miss Piggy is still driving Kermit the Frog and the rest of the gang crazy. The Muppeteer performers include Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, and Peter Linz.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as »
Three episodes into The Muppets, and we’ve now seen the much-fussed-over Denise exactly once. She seemed totally fine, and no one has mentioned her since Miss Piggy and Kermit’s breakup? Barely seems to be an issue. But in “Bear Left Then Bear Write,” The Muppets committed a much graver sin than splitting up Kermit and Piggy for the press: The show completely forgot about Gonzo and Camilla. Take what creative liberties you will, The Muppets, but leave us the unbridled true love of Gonzo and Camilla. They’ve been together since the early days of The Muppet Show. No egos, no fighting, no karate-chopping. Just love. And the show’s PR team didn’t even make a big deal of the split! Come on, guys.To add insult to injury, Gonzo seems to be single only in the interest of a lazy plot about online dating that is »
- Jenny Jaffe
Brendon responds to claims that ABC's The Muppets "gets everything wrong" about the Henson Oz creations, and the boycott call...
Without seeing last week’s premiere episode of The Muppets, the group One Million Moms had called for a boycott. “The mature version of The Muppets will cover a range of topics from sex to drugs,” they said, noting that “Miss Piggy came out as a pro-choice feminist during an MSNBC interview. The puppet characters loved by kids in the 1970s and 1980s and beyond are now weighing in on interspecies relationships and promiscuity.”
Well... I’ve only seen two more episodes than the big fat zero seen by the group, so I don’t really know how much accidental truth there will eventually be in their gong-banging guesses, but it’s a matter of record that Piggy is definitely pro-choice and the show does have some points to make about interspecies relationships, »
21st-century sitcoms largely got their shtick from The Muppets, and now The Muppets are back for tepid revenge. At least, that’s the sense I got from the pilot of ABC’s long-awaited The Muppets, a somewhat disappointing first episode for a show that we can all reasonably expect will get better. The good and bad of handheld “mockumentary” shows as a whole aside, it’s important to note that The Muppets were a meta-show long before anyone else. The Muppet Show was a sketch show, but it was also a show about making the show within the show. Statler and Waldorf existed only to provide snarky live commentary in the days before Twitter. When sketches were bad, they were called out as being bad. The comparisons to 30 Rock were not coincidental; in fact, an argument could be made that we wouldn’t have any of the most popular sitcoms »
- Jenny Jaffe
The promos ABC has been running for the upcoming “Muppets” series features the network’s other stars alongside the show’s familiar puppet characters. Being treating like real humans is nothing new for the Muppets. For nearly its entire history, the show has set its cast of characters in the real world, employing self-referential humor to skewer the entertainment business. Where the upcoming series will have Elizabeth Banks, Topher Grace and Imagine Dragons making guest appearances as themselves, “The Muppet Show,” the original series that premiered in 1976, had Elton John, Mark Hamill and John Cleese. Also read: 'Muppets' Characters Kermit, »
- Reid Nakamura
Just the simple presence of the Muppets back on primetime television is cause for joy, but that doesn’t mean Jim Henson‘s beloved creations can do no wrong. And grownups rife with nostalgia for the old “The Muppet Show” — carefully stoked by corporate parent Disney with two recent films — might find their latest TV exploits, simply titled “The Muppets,” more than a little disconcerting. While the original show and movies managed to artfully offer humor for both kids and adults, the new outing puts the felt favorites in a distinctly grownup playground. Of course, a lot of the more. »
- Ned Ehrbar
ABC could well be onto both a popular hit and a real, Muppets-worthy gem with its new format, The Muppets...
For their first prime time TV show in many years, the Muppets have gone back to their roots. Indeed, the premise of new ABC sitcom The Muppets is essentially the same as Jim Henson’s original classic The Muppet Show, after just a few adjustments and modernisations.
Whereas The Muppet Show cast Kermit into the haywire happenings behind the scenes of a live, theatrical variety revue, their new, similarly chaotic project is a late night chat show, Up Late With Miss Piggy. Character roles have translated pretty smoothly, with everybody’s new position on the TV show matching their old Muppet Theater jobs pretty well.
Fozzie Bear is now Piggy’s announcer and warm up act, for example, while Scooter is still tasked with all the floor-management and gophering. Piggy’s house band, »
The Muppets, Season 1
Premieres Tuesday, September 22nd at 8pm (Et) on ABC
Two episodes watched for review
There’s a scene in “Hostile Makeover,” the second episode of The Muppets, which exemplifies the fundamentally misguided nature of the show’s approach. Waldorf and Statler, the perennial curmudgeons of the Muppets universe, watch Josh Groban perform. Contrary to their usual hatred of everything, they’re impressed by the singer’s talent, and they appear to genuinely enjoy his song. The joke, or what’s intended to function as such, lies in the subversion of the viewer’s expectations of the characters.
But while creators Bill Prady and Bob Kushell know Waldorf and Statler well enough to riff on their personas, Prady and Kushell don’t seem to understand that it’s the consistency of these personas which makes the characters work as well as they do. »
- Max Bledstein
Long before he co-created "Big Bang Theory," Bill Prady broke into show business as a low-level Jim Henson Co. staffer, working in licensing and other tangential Muppet-related departments before eventually getting to write for Gonzo and company himself. Now, his career has come full circle, as co-developer (with Bob Kushell) of "The Muppets," a new primetime series featuring Kermit and the gang that debuts on ABC on Tuesday night at 8. Back at press tour, before I had seen a full episode of the show, I spoke with Prady for a while about his history with Henson and these characters, and the specific approach he was taking with the new show, a mockumentary where Kermit is executive producing a late night talk show hosted by Miss Piggy, featuring Fozzie as her announcer, Electric Mayhem as the house band, and all the other familiar Muppet characters working backstage. Because ABC has tried »
- Alan Sepinwall
A while back, when we released the 400th episode of the Sound On Sight podcast, a few close friends and longtime listeners requested we compile a list of our favorite shows we recorded over the years. Now that the podcast has officially come to an end, I decided to finally set aside some time in my schedule and give them what they want. Initially, I set out to pick ten, but after 500 recordings and 8 long years, it was simply too hard to choose so few, so I opted for 20 instead. In selecting these episodes, I tried to show the wide range of genres we covered over the years, including Spaghetti Westerns, Italian Horror, Southern Gothic, underground cult, family friendly, foreign language and even Hollywood classics. We’ve been blessed with several guest hosts and interviews with many filmmakers including genre legends George A. Romero and John Landis, to name a few. »
ABC presented a panel on its anticipated new series The Muppets yesterday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, letting the show’s EPs Bill Prady and Bob Kushell and stars Kermit the Frog and a tardy Miss Piggy entertain reporters for a lively half hour. Kushell noted that, while many Muppets favorites will appear in the ABC primetime comedy, the show is a sort of running mockumentary about the behind-the-scenes action at Miss Piggy’s (fictional) talk show and not a reboot of the beloved variety fest The Muppet Show of the ’70s and early ’80s. “Anybody who hasn’t seen … Continue reading →
- Lori Acken
Amid a heavy week of rumored and confirmed divorces and separations in the entertainment realm, one long-gestating split was finally unveiled: "The Muppets" stars Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy are dunzo. Here is the official statement on @KermitTheFrog and moi's relationship termination: pic.twitter.com/0OAdorFV6S — Miss Piggy (@RealMissPiggy) August 4, 2015 The move was likely powered by publicity, as the famed amphibian and farm mammal are preparing for the launch of the rejiggered, mockumentary-style "The Muppet Show"... Which they will continue to plug, as they did today during ABC's Television Critics Association panel. "After careful thought, thoughtful consideration and considerable squabbling, Kermit the Frog and moi have made the difficult decision to terminate our romantic relationship," Miss Piggy also said on her official Facebook page. "We will continue to work together on television (“The Muppets”/Tuesdays 8pm this fall on ABC) and in all media now known or hereafter devised, »
- Katie Hasty
Behind the scenes of a latenight talk show was a natural setting for a next-generation Muppets TV series, producers of ABC’s “The Muppets” told reporters Tuesday during the Television Critics Assn. press tour.
Bill Prady and Bob Kushell, exec producers of ABC’s “The Muppets,” said the series would have a mockumentary flavor and revolve around the backstage antics at “Up Late with Miss Piggy,” as well as the personal lives of Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie Bear and other beloved Muppet characters.
The show will incorporate celebrity and musical guests through the prism of their appearances Miss Piggy’s latenight program. Reese Witherspoon and Imagine Dragons are among the guests lined up so far. But it will not be a straight-ahead variety show like the previous “Muppet Show” from the 1970s, although it will have the same irreverent tone of poking fun at pop culture.
“The goal here is »
- Cynthia Littleton
PBS’ animated “Nature Cat” may be aimed at kids, but it boasts the voices of “SNL” veterans Bobby Moynihan, Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson. The crossover casting makes plenty of sense to Moynihan, who told television critics on Saturday that animation, sketch comedy and even the Muppets all exist under basically the same umbrella. “I’ve always been a big Muppet guy,” Moynihan said of his participation in an animated children’s show. “‘The Muppet Show’ to me, and ‘Sesame Street’ … they’re in the same world as ‘SNL.'” “It’s all a variety show — it just happens that some of them. »
- Tony Maglio
For their debut appearance at Comic-Con a couple of weekends ago, the Muppets brought along this footage of the pilot presentation that ABC picked up to series. The network posted it today. Celebrity guest stars were a major feature of the original The Muppet Show, and it looks like that’ll be the case this time around on The Muppets. Bringing the Muppets into the 21st century, the new show will present a mock-doc-style look at their personal lives, partly using the… »
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