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The Muppets Pilot Presentation Arrives Online

The Muppets Pilot Presentation Arrives Online
Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy, Gonzo (or is it “Gary?”) and the rest of the Muppet gang are headed back to the small screen after their return to cinemas in 2011/2012 and last year. And now, after screening the 11-minute “pilot presentation” short that scored the new series a commission at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Us network ABC has put the video online for everyone to see. Simply titled The Muppets, the series aims to offer a slightly more grown-up approach to the Muppets’ stories (not that Jim Henson’s creations haven’t told jokes that sail over kids’ heads for years), exploring their personal lives alongside their showbiz adventures. So expect more romantic tension between Kermit and Miss Piggy and a look at life in Los Angeles and elsewhere with a Modern Family/ The Office-style mockumentary approach.Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady (who got his start writing on
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First Trailer For The New Muppets TV Series

First Trailer For The New Muppets TV Series
After returning triumphantly to the big screen with 2011’s The Muppets (and to slightly less successful impact in last year’s Muppets Most Wanted), the felt friends are taking another crack at television. Thanks to Us network ABC’s advertiser-enticing upfront presentation, we now have the first promo for the show. It's time to get things started! #TheMuppets are coming to ABC and this is your first look! https://t.co/mXqsQtgQXr— The Muppets ABC (@TheMuppetsABC) May 12, 2015Simply titled The Muppets, the series aims to offer a slightly more grown-up approach to the Muppets’ stories (not that Jim Henson’s creations haven’t told jokes that sail over kids’ heads for years), exploring their personal lives alongside their showbiz adventures. So expect more romantic tension between Kermit and Miss Piggy and a look at life in Los Angeles and elsewhere with a Modern Family/The Office-style mockumentary approach.Big Bang
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The Muppet Show Reboot in the Works from Big Bang Theory Creator: Report

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The Muppet Show Reboot in the Works from Big Bang Theory Creator: Report
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
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New 'Muppets' TV Show Coming from 'Big Bang' Co-Creator

New 'Muppets' TV Show Coming from 'Big Bang' Co-Creator
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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ABC Eyes ‘Muppet Show’ Reboot

ABC Eyes ‘Muppet Show’ Reboot
Perhaps it’s easier being green than we were told?

ABC is considering bringing back the Muppets and will soon shoot a pilot presentation under the working title “Muppets 2015.” Fittingly, the logline reads that “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.”

The Big Bang Theory” co-creator Bill Prady, who spent his early days writing for the Muppets and received an Emmy nomination for co-writing a tribute to Muppets creator Jim Henson, will be exec producing the project. He is co-writing with Bob Kushell (“The Simpsons”), who will serve as showrunner and is also exec producing.

“Muppet Show” aired on Britain’s ITV from 1976 to 1981. ABC aired “Muppets Tonight” in 1996 and NBC aired “The Jim Henson Hour” in 1989. Neither were on the air for long. There have also been multiple Muppets movies,
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Muppet Show Reboot in the Works at ABC from Big Bang Theory Co-Creator

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,
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Muppet Show Reboot From Big Bang Ep In Development at ABC

Muppet Show Reboot From Big Bang Ep In Development at ABC
Don’t tell Miss Piggy, but Kermit is getting back together with his first love — television.

TVLine has learned that ABC is developing a reboot of The Muppet Show, with Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady co-writing and exec-producing.

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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
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Defending the '12 Worst Muppets Ever'

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Defending the '12 Worst Muppets Ever'
The folks at io9 drew up a list of the 12 worst Muppets. It should disturb and haunt you, but not because the list is correct: It berates quirky and forgotten Muppets when their weirdness often represents more than what meets the eye. Surely there are annoying Muppet qualities, but that's the joy of the Muppets: They are annoying. To condemn their grating qualities is to misunderstand what makes them cool and even defiant. Tina Fey shakes her head in contempt. So without further ado, I'm defending the 12 "Least Wanted" Muppets. I'm already so flustered and squawky that you'd think I was voiced by Frank Oz. 1. Pepe the Prawn Latin stereotypes abounding? Perhaps. But Pepe the Prawn's exasperated, self-conscious behavior is more reminiscent of the wonderful Telly Monster than anyone else. You don't hate Telly, do you? Wow. Maybe you hate Telly. And are you telling me you can resist that frantic,
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Brian Henson: 'We try new, different and unique things'

The That Puppet Game Show co-producer on how his father got the Muppets on screen, and why London feels like home

Above the entrance to The Jim Henson Company lot in Hollywood stands one cultural icon, Kermit the Frog, dressed as another, Chaplin's Little Tramp. Chaplin built this lot in 1917 and sold it in 1953 after Hollywood blacklisted him. Now it's an active working studio, the headquarters of a puppetry empire that bestrides the world like a green-felt colossus, and also a living memorial to the man who might be called the Other Dad to three generations of children raised on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show (I count myself among them). And it's a measure of the centrality to modern American popular culture of Henson's cast of characters, and their abiding universality, that Kermit's donning of Chaplin's outfit seems not sacrilegious, but entirely natural and right.

When I meet Brian Henson,
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Brian Henson: 'We try new, different and unique things'

The That Puppet Game Show co-producer on how his father got the Muppets on screen, and why London feels like home

Above the entrance to The Jim Henson Company lot in Hollywood stands one cultural icon, Kermit the Frog, dressed as another, Chaplin's Little Tramp. Chaplin built this lot in 1917 and sold it in 1953 after Hollywood blacklisted him. Now it's an active working studio, the headquarters of a puppetry empire that bestrides the world like a green-felt colossus, and also a living memorial to the man who might be called the Other Dad to three generations of children raised on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show (I count myself among them). And it's a measure of the centrality to modern American popular culture of Henson's cast of characters, and their abiding universality, that Kermit's donning of Chaplin's outfit seems not sacrilegious, but entirely natural and right.

When I meet Brian Henson,
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The Muppets: kids’ stuff or subversive adult comedy?

With The Muppets out in UK cinemas on Friday, Terence looks back over the history of Jim Henson's much-loved creations and their subversive comedy...

The Muppets, depending on where you live, are about to return or have returned to the big screen, with that wonderful new blockbuster paradigm of a movie that is both a reboot and sequel (or prequel) at the same time.

Simply titled The Muppets, the movie stars and is co-written by Judd Apatow regular, Jason Segel. The original songs are written by one half of Flight Of The Conchords, Brett McKenzie. The traditional Muppet movie roster of celebrity cameos includes the likes of Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis and Neil Patrick Harris.

So: are the Muppets getting a little edgier this time around? If you look at the history of the Muppets, not really.

Right from the start, the Muppets (much like Bugs Bunny, Popeye and
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[DVD Review] Jim Henson's Dog City: The Movie

Sesame Street. The Muppets. Labyrinth. Jim Henson is famous for many shows, films and characters. Dog City isn't one of them, but it's a great little piece of what made Jim Henson so special. It's a one-hour mini-movie, part of the short-lived 1989 prime time series The Jim Henson Hour. It's essentially a spoof of film noir, set in the 30s in a city populated by dogs. The story's narrated by Rowlf the Dog (one of Henson's earliest characters) and follows the good guy dog Ace Yu as he arrives in Dog City and takes on the resident gangster Bugsy Them. If you think this sounds like a hammy, self-aware parody with lots of bad puns, you're absolutely right. But it's great, and it actually won Jim Henson a Primetime Emmy for best Outstanding Directing in a Variety or Music Program.

The story opens up with a clever song number that
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It's Time to Meet the Muppets, Again

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It's Time to Meet the Muppets, Again
"Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody" debuted on the Muppets' newly inaugurated YouTube channel just three weeks ago. But nearly ten million views later, it already feels like a signpost that we'll look back on fondly -- a goofy capper to a rotten decade, a bridge to whatever lies ahead, and perhaps a future time capsule, a reminder of what it felt like to be alive at this strange time. It's a pop culture upper in a league with two classic bubblegum chart-toppers that heralded the shift from '60s darkness to '70s hedonism: John Lennon's "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" and the Captain & Tennille's cover of "Love Will Keep Us Together."

There's no world-shattering depth to those songs, just a straightforward reassurance that even though times are tough, as long as we're capable of having fun, things aren't quite as bad as they seem. "Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody" and the
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