19 items from 2015
It has been 34 years since “The Muppet Show” and 15 years since “Muppets Tonight”. That's a long time since the last live-action Muppet show. And it’s been 22 years since the last episode of “Muppet Babies” aired on Nickelodeon. Let's all take a minute to feel old... So when ABC announced they were reviving the show for the 2015-2016 season, it was a welcome surprise. But how would the Muppets fit in to a 21st century world? Variety shows are a thing of the past. Into that entertainment vacuum, Reality TV has taken the reigns as king. So it seems obvious in hindsight that “The Muppets” would explore and lampoon all the tropes of that ever-present genre. From the official press release: The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, »
- Donna Dickens
Big Bird is familiar to countless people of multiple generations all around the world who grew up watching “Sesame Street.” But who’s the man behind (or inside, actually) the 8-foot-tall, perpetually six-years-old, 4,000-feathers-covered bird? That would be Caroll Spinney, who has puppeteered Big Bird since the first “Sesame Street” episode aired in 1969. He also puppeteers Big Bird’s next-door neighbor, Oscar the Grouch. Now 81, Spinney still works on the PBS show as both characters and has no plans for retirement. Spinney is the subject of new documentary “I Am Big Bird” (now available to VOD and iTunes in a limited theatrical release), a sweet, reverent tribute to the man behind the yellow feathers. The film puts a spotlight on both his joyous and difficult times on “Sesame Street” and features archival footage and interviews with Spinney, his wife and several “Sesame Street” cast and crew members. Here are the »
- Emily Rome
Comedy Central made an extensive search for someone to take the reins of “The Daily Show” after host Jon Stewart recently announced he intended to depart later this year. Executives found Trevor Noah, an up-and-coming comic from South Africa, but did they consider the sparring blue and red crabs, talking hot dog and chatty, right-wing squirrel holding court at startup cable network Fusion?
Comedian Paul F. Tompkins has tilted at news and politics for three cycles of “No, You Shut Up,” with a cadre of anthropomorphic creatures made by the Jim Henson Company in tow. At any moment, Bo Beetle, an insect who hosts a radio show, might offer commentary, or a cat known as “Supreme Leader Meow,” a deposed world leader, might weigh in on the issues of the day. “Shut Up” is just one more entry in a parade of shows like John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight »
- Brian Steinberg
It’s been a banner spring for fans of long-dead TV shows. In just the past two weeks, there’s been news of two sitcom revivals (Full House, Coach), a drama comeback (The X-Files), a cult-sketch-series reunion (Mr. Show) and a variety series that may be reincarnated as a sitcom (The Muppet Show). These new projects join an already-airing update of The Odd Couple, this fall’s resurrection of Heroes, a planned 2016 return to Twin Peaks, and a slew of old movie titles being transformed into TV shows (Wet Hot American Summer) or pilots (Rush Hour, Problem Child, Minority Report, Uncle Buck). What’s odd about the small screen’s current infatuation with chasing ghosts is that it comes smack in the middle of what’s widely considered a new Golden Age for the medium. We expect TV today not only to be better than it used to be, but »
- Josef Adalian
Ray Charles, an American musician, songwriter, composer, conductor, arranger and leader of the Ray Charles Singers, died Monday at home in Beverly Hills. He was 96 (and was not the soul singer of the same name, who died in 2004).
An authority on American music, Charles served as a musical consultant to the Kennedy Center Honors for 31 years and for “The Muppet Show.”
As a singer, he is best known for the vocals, with Julia Rinker Miller, on the theme song for ABC comedy “Three’s Company.”
The Ray Charles Singers — named so by Perry Como, with whom Charles had a close association — recorded some 30 vocal albums and appeared on Como’s albums, TV series and specials over a period of more than three decades starting in 1959.
- Carmel Dagan
ABC Working On Muppets Revival. ABC is filming a proof of concept for a modern day version of the The Muppet Show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, if the May presentation goes well the show could go straight to series. Bill Prady, the co-creator of The Big Bang Theory is co-writing [...]
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- Victor Stiff
It looks like the Muppets may be heading back to the small screen, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady is developing a reboot of The Muppet Show, which is being eyed as a straight-to-series variety show at ABC.
According to the site, a pilot presentation is being filmed next week, with Prady co-writing alongside Bob Kushell (Anger Management) and Randall Einhorn (Wilfred) directing. The project will bring back the original cast of Muppets, who “excitedly gather at ABC for a meeting about the new Muppet Show. However, the show will not move forward unless Miss Piggy signs on.”
The original Muppet Show was produced by Jim Henson for the UK’s ITV, with the show running for 120 episodes across five seasons between 1976 and 1981.
- Gary Collinson
The current wave of nostalgic reboots shows no signs of stopping. The latest beloved series fans could get the chance to revisit? The Muppet Show, which has a remake in the works at ABC, People can confirm. As first reported by TVLine, The Big Bang Theory's executive producer Bill Prady will co-write and executive produce the project, tentatively titled Muppets 2015, and a pilot presentation will take place next month.The project is in good hands - not only did Prady co-create one of the most successful shows on television, he's no stranger to the Muppets, either; he worked as »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
Just when you thought maybe we'd hit peak nostalgia, another fan favorite is set to make a big return to TV. According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC is currently in the process of rebooting The Muppet Show with The Big Bang Theory's co-creator Bill Prady onboard to write the script. The celebrated variety show, starring Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, hasn't been on the air since 1981 — but the Muppets have recently made a big comeback with two successful films, most recently last year's Muppets Most Wanted. Details of the pilot are scarce, but it'll reportedly involve all the major characters "gathering at ABC Studios for a meeting about the new Muppet Show, however, the show won't move forward unless Miss Piggy signs on." So typically meta. »
- Dee Lockett
If yesterday’s Full House revival news didn’t solidify this TV season as “The Year of Reboots,” then this announcement certainly will. According to TVLine, along with many other major outlets, ABC is developing a revival of The Muppet Show from Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady, who will co-write the reboot’s pilot and serve as an executive producer on the series if it is ordered. Speaking of said pilot, ABC is planning on shooting a pilot representation later this month. Right now, the series’ working title is Muppets 2015, and per TVLine, this the show’s official logline: “The Muppets excitedly gather at ABC for a meeting about the new Muppet Show. However, the show will not move forward unless Miss Piggy signs on.” So what’s holding Miss Piggy back from a new version of The Muppet Show? According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources say that it »
- Chris King
After a successful return to the big screen with 2011's The Muppets and last year's sequel Muppets Most Wanted, The Muppets are returning to the small screen with a new TV series from The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and Anger Management writer-producer Bob Kushell. ABC has ordered a comedy pilot presentation for the new Muppets TV series, which Deadline reports will be set behind-the-scenes of a late-night talk show. Both Bill Prady and Bob Kushell will executive produce, with Bob Kushell serving as showrunner, should it get picked up to series.
Disney-owned The Muppets Studios is co-producing with ABC Studios. Disney bought the Muppets character rights back in 2004, but this is the first we've heard of a new Muppets TV series. Of course, the franchise first started on the small screen with several of the characters appearing on Sesame Street when it debuted in 1969, before creator Jim Henson »
Following their triumphant return to the big screen, the Muppets are ready to return to their home turf: television. ABC is developing a reboot of The Muppet Show, with the pilot presentation expected to shoot this month. Get all the details on the Muppet Show reboot after the jump. TV Line reports Bill Prady and Bob […]
The post ABC Eyes a New ‘Muppet Show’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
It's time to play the music and it's time to light the lights again! The Muppet Show is the latest show poised for a reboot. Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang could be coming back with a new series on ABC from some top-notch talent. The Big Bang Theory's Bill Prady and Anger Management and Suburagtory veteran Bob Kushell, Muppets guru Bill Barretta and Randall Einhorn of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Nurse Jackie fame are on board as executive producers. Einhorn, who has directed countless of your favorite shows including Fargo, The Office, Always Sunny and Parks and Recreation, will direct the pilot presentation set to film in Los Angeles next week. E! News has learned the project is still in »
It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. The Muppet Show is coming back. We’ve heard rumors about a Muppet Show reboot for months now, and today TV Line is reporting that the show is definitely in the works at ABC with The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady acting as co-writer and executive producer. ABC will apparently shoot a pilot presentation for The Muppet Show reboot this month with the working title Muppets 2015, after which they’ll make a final decision about whether to order it to series. Per TV Line, the logline for the redo is as follows: “The Muppets gather excitedly at ABC for a meeting about the new Muppet Show. However, the show will not move forward unless Miss Piggy signs on.” [caption id="attachment_437203" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via ABC[/caption] Anger Management alum Bob Kushell will serve as showrunner, executive producer, and co-writer for the reboot, »
- Adam Chitwood
The Muppets are returning home - to television. ABC is reportedly developing a reboot of "The Muppet Show" with a pilot slated to be shot this month according to TV Line.
"The Big Bang Theory" creator Bill Prady and Bob Kushell ("Third Rock From the Sun") will write and executive produce the reboot, the latter also serves as show runner, while Randall Einhorn will direct the pilot and produce.
Currently going by the working title of "Muppets 2015," there's already a synopsis: "The Muppets excitedly gather at ABC for a meeting about the new Muppet Show. However, the show will not move forward unless Miss Piggy signs on."
There's also talk that the series will be set behind the scenes of a late-night talk show. The original "The Muppet Show" ran between 1976 and 1981. »
- Garth Franklin
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The network is slated to shoot a pilot presentation later this month under the working title Muppets 2015. Details of the plot are sketchy, but TVLine has obtained the following logline: “The Muppets excitedly gather at ABC for a meeting about the new Muppet Show. However, the show will not »
It may be time to light the lights. ABC is filming a proof of concept for a revival of The Muppets, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady is co-writing the script for a pilot presentation that sources say could be unspooled at May's upfront presentation to Madison Avenue advertisers. Sources tell THR that the project, if all goes well, could go straight to series. Bob Kushell (Anger Management, 3rd Rock From the Sun) will also co-write and is attached to serve as showrunner, with Wilfred's Randall Einhorn attached to exec produce
- Lesley Goldberg
We’ve touched on why The Writer’s Tale, the 2008 (expanded in 2010) compendium of correspondence between Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies and journalist Benjamin Cook, deserves a space on your bookshelf here.
In short, The Writer’s Tale is both a screenwriting masterclass and an unparalleled look behind the scenes of new Doctor Who. As well as following the production triumphs and emergencies as the show lurches “from one crisis to another”, it lets you witness story ideas being created in the wild. See pivotal Doctor Who moments tottering unsurely out of Davies’ mind like new-born giraffes and watch them transform into sleek, galloping beasts of majesty! Think of it like a classy David Attenborough doc on storytelling, with bonus David Tennant photos and chat about Tony from Skins. »
The Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Golden Globe winning actress-singer will play Jane’s (Gina Rodriguez) paternal grandmother, making her mother to charismatic soap star Rogelio De La Vega (Jaime Camil). The character, lovingly called “Glam-ma,” debuts on Episode 18.
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Moreno, a bonafide Hollywood legend, has been nominated for six Emmys over the course of her career, winning as lead actress on NBC’s “The Rockford Files” in »
- Travis Reilly
19 items from 2015
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