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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… »
The Muppets are back with a fresh, more grown-up, and modernized take on Muppet humor. If you loved The Muppets as a child, you’re going to love them more as an adult in this new series. In 1976, Jim Henson’s dream of providing entertainment for both children and adults through his creative passion came true in the airing of The Muppet Show. Hilarious skits and intriguing musical numbers with pigs and frogs and bears and chickens and whatevers (Gonzo reference) filled the screen back to back. Celebrities such as Mark Hamill, John Cleese, Roger Moore, Elton John, Diana Ross, and too many others to mention would guest star on the show to act and sing in the skits as well and might even show themselves in a humorous light the public had not seen. Pretty intriguing for a puppet show. [caption id="attachment_457809" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Disney[/caption] Flash forward to 2015 – almost 40 years. »
- Jacob Sangiorgio
Has it really been 30 years since Back to the Future first arrived in cinemas? The '80s classic is one of those films that stands firm under repeat viewings, retaining its humour, heart and on-point performances from Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd and co. Simply put, there isn't a frame out of place in Back to the Future.
Though Robert Zemeckis's film still feels as fresh as ever, the world has changed dramatically across the three main periods the Back to the Future series spans. Digital Spy digs deep into the history books to find out how the world looked in 1955, 1984, and where we are now.
Marty sweeps to victory at the Oscars, winning for Best Picture, Director and Actor
It seems that at the current time, we are being swept away by a torrent of rebooted television shows. The X-Files is filming six brand new episodes, and David Lynch has finally signed on the dotted line to deliver a new season of Twin Peaks. We will soon be seeing resuscitations of Full House, Coach, Mr. Show and The Muppet Show, too, as well as some more Arrested Development. This determination to return to the familiar gives TV networks and streaming channels something of an air of nervousness, but when audiences are given the opportunity to revisit old favourites, is that such a bad thing?
For as long as there has been television, there has been dedicated television fandom. In today’s society, this fandom often takes the form of co-ordinated campaigns that try to keep dying productions on the air – a notable trend that seems to demonstrate our inability to let things go. »
- Sarah Myles
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 [...]
Continue reading: The Muppet Show: ABC Looking to Revive the Classic Series »
- 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 »
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