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‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ Turns 25! Looking Back on Making the Holiday Classic

‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ Turns 25! Looking Back on Making the Holiday Classic
“All my friends have worked with the Muppets. Everybody I know has done a thing with the Muppets and I always felt a little bit left out,” Michael Caine told Et in 1992 on the set of The Muppet Christmas Carol, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. “But they only did half-hour television shows and I got to do a two-hour movie, so it's great.”

While Caine donned the trademark robes and night cap to portray Ebenezer Scrooge, the reimagining of the Charles Dickens classic also featured Kermit as Bob Cratchit, Fozzie as Mr. Fozziewig (modified from Fezziwig), Miss Piggy as Mrs. Cratchit and Gonzo as Dickens, who hilariously narrates the story with Rizzo the Rat. Despite the recognizable names and faces, some voices of the characters would sound a little different to Muppet fans.

Two years prior, at the happiest place on Earth, no less, there was excitement for a new partnership and the creative
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The Pitch Reel for Jim Henson’s Cyberpunk Muppets TV Series

The pitch reel for Jim Henson’s cyberpunk Muppets TV series just looks flat out freaky. I say that not with disdain but with true and genuine surprise since most of the Muppets looks so comical that they’re easy to accept and like. But those devised for this segment, which never took, are just flat out creepy looking. The music was good, the idea was sound, but it’s not much of a surprise that it didn’t take off like Henson wanted to. In many ways it was a spoof show designed to parody the many different upstart cable shows that were

The Pitch Reel for Jim Henson’s Cyberpunk Muppets TV Series
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Kermit the Frog Gets a New Voice Actor After 27 Years

Kermit the Frog Gets a New Voice Actor After 27 Years
Kermit the Frog will be sounding a little bit different moving forward.

Puppeteer Steve Whitmire, who has performed as Kermit for 27 years, will no longer be voicing the famous amphibian in various Muppets TV programs and films, a spokesperson for The Muppets Studio confirmed to NPR on Tuesday. Longtime show veteran Matt Vogel will take his place.

Watch: Et Top 5: 5 Fun Facts About Kermit the Frog

Whitmire first joined the Muppets in 1978, and voiced Kermit since the death of show creator Jim Henson in 1990. He has also played Ernie, Rizzo the Rat and Beaker, among other characters.

Thoughout his career, Whitmire has also voiced Sesame Street's Big Bird and Count von Count.

Exclusive! ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Scenes You Didn’t Get to See!

Et sat down with Kermit in 2015, where he gave his first interview since his split from Miss Piggy.

Watch below.
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Castle has been cancelled

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Nathan Fillion's detective series Castle will end next Monday, with the season 8 finale wrapping up the show for good...

Castle has been cancelled by ABC, serving as another casualty in this day of somewhat soul-destroying TV news. We’d known for a while that Stana Katic was set to depart the show after season 8, but the assumption was that Nathan Fillion’s Rick Castle would carry on without her. Those assumptions, it turns out, were wrong.

Castle has been running since 2009 and has a fairly fervent fan base. Among us geeks, the show’s nods towards Mr Fillion’s Firefly days were always very welcome.

Castle’s creator and original showrunner Andrew Marlowe has taken to Twitter, thanking everybody involved in making and supporting the series...

To the whole Castle family- our amazing cast, our remarkable crew, our imaginative writers & our wonderful fans, thank you for 8 amzing yrs!
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Once Upon A Time: ABC orders season 6, Michael Socha on Will Scarlet

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ABC has renewed Once Upon A Time for a sixth season, and Will Scarlet actor Michael Socha has been chatting about his time on the show...

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Michael Socha, who played the Knave Of Hearts aka Will Scarlet first on spin-off Once Upon A Time In Wonderland and later on the main show, says there's still a chance his character may return to Storybrooke. "They didn’t kill me," he said. "I get on really well with the writers, Eddie and Adam [Kitsis and Horowitz]."

If he was to return to Once though, Socha told us he'd need "a guarantee though that I’m going to be doing something worthwhile. I don’t want to be doing a job where I’m not doing a job, just sitting around in my flat just bored".

His experience of being hired for Once Upon A Time season 4 but his character being
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The Muppets Recap: The Full Miley

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The Muppets Recap: The Full Miley
The Muppets are back! And they're bett — okay maybe not better than ever, but they're certainly diff — um, okay, maybe not that different either. But they do have a cute little penguin now!So, I'm still waiting for The Muppets to find its footing as the show I so wanted it to be. (I may have been building things up for myself since the new showrunner was announced in November.) The format, which may be the show's weakest aspect, hasn't changed. Jokes still land somewhat rarely, though I watched so much 30 Rock over the past week my joke-expectation ratio might be a little skewed. I still felt that old sighing pang of knowing that a new Muppets TV show exists, despite it feeling absolutely nothing like the Muppets. At least at the beginning of the episodes, Kermit sounds genuinely excited to "get things started." I am tempted to
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Molly Jackson: Wokka Wokka!

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New York Comic Con is this week, which means I have way too much to do and so not enough time to do it. Let’s be honest, I am so behind in my planning, I’ve decided to ignore it all, veg out and watch TV. So, I’m relaxing with The Muppets.

Have you watched the new Muppets TV show yet? It’s a fun diversion, especially with prep work looming overhead. Now, I am too young to have watched the first series, but I remember watching the reruns as a kid. This brings me back to those happy memories and feelings, mostly because I am still a kid.

The current series has been billed as The Muppets for grown-ups documentary style series, similar to The Office. We watch the whole Muppet family work together on Miss Piggy’s late night show. All the old favorites are there,
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The Muppets: thoughts on the boycott protest

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,
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The Muppets: 6 Highlights And 4 Lowlights From The Pilot

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After being off the air for nearly 20 years, the Muppets are back on television! The gang’s last show was Muppets Tonight, which was cancelled by ABC after only 10 episodes. Now, after a whole bunch of successful movies and a great 2011 reboot, the network is finally trying again with a more adult oriented, 30 Rock style series, The Muppets.

Anticipation for this show has been extremely high because, well, they’re the freaking Muppets. Millions of people have fond memories of growing up with them, and because of that, making a new show is tricky business. It has to honor the legacy of what’s come before while doing something different, and from the get go, half the audience is already skeptical that it won’t be as good as the Jim Henson era. So can it live up to the hype, and even more than that, can a Muppets TV
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3 'Muppets' Promos Go Flirting with Kerry Washington and Nathan Fillion

3 'Muppets' Promos Go Flirting with Kerry Washington and Nathan Fillion
ABC is rolling out the welcome wagon for their highly-anticipated new series The Muppets, bringing in some of the network's biggest stars to greet Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and The Swedish Chef in three new promos. The first video addresses Kermit and Miss Piggy's breakup, as Scandal star Kerry Washington watches their spat unfold. We also see The Middle star Patricia Heaton try to interact with The Swedish Chef and Castle star Nathan Fillion "interrupting" Miss Piggy's promo.

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, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires. This is a more adult Muppet show, for "kids" of all ages. Throughout The Muppets' storied history, they have been well known for bringing in countless celebrities for brief cameo appearances,
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TCA: Kermit and Miss Piggy’s Break-Up Helps Promote ABC’s New ‘Muppets’ Series

TCA: Kermit and Miss Piggy’s Break-Up Helps Promote ABC’s New ‘Muppets’ Series
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
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TV Trailer: The New Muppets TV Show Might Just Be Brilliant

Following two very successful movies that have been released over the past couple of years, The Muppets are returning to television later this year for a brand new series. Those expecting similar hi-jinks to said movies or indeed the TV show that aired a couple of decades ago may be in for a surprise, as ABC have delivered us something very, very, different.

The first trailer for the new Muppets TV show clearly shows off a different approach to the show, and indeed more adult, as it is filmed in a documentary style; a bit like The Office or Extras. In fact, this has a distinctive Ricky Gervais feel to it… and it might just work.

“The original Muppets was making fun of all the variety shows that were going on at the time and thought ‘Why don’t we go out and make fun of all the mockumentaries?’” ABC president Paul Lee explained.
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New 'Muppets' TV Show Gets Series Order; First Photo Released

New 'Muppets' TV Show Gets Series Order; First Photo Released
Just one month after a new Muppets TV show was announced, ABC has officially given a series order for the currently-untitled program. The new series, which is rumored to take place behind-the-scenes of a Muppets Late Night talk show, will be a documentary-style comedy, in the same vein as The Office, that explores the personal and professional lives of The Muppets. The series will follow their relationships, breakups, hopes, dreams and desires in what is being crafted as a more adult-themed Muppets show.

When the pilot was presented to ABC, it was reportedly met by a standing ovation by network executives. Given the vast number of Muppets out there, it isn't known if all of these characters will eventually appear on the show, but today we have the first photo featuring Kermit the Frog and Gonzo. It also hasn't been confirmed if the show will debut this fall or in midseason,
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New Muppets TV Show Will Explore Their Personal Lives in ‘Office’ Style Mockumentary

New Muppets TV Show Will Explore Their Personal Lives in ‘Office’ Style Mockumentary
If The Muppets make the transition back to TV, it’ll be in a way we’ve never seen them before. New details have surfaced about the upcoming ABC pilot starring Jim Henson‘s famous characters and it seems this version will have a more adult feel. It’ll be shot as a mock-documentary, like The Office, centered on the behind-the-scenes […]

The post New Muppets TV Show Will Explore Their Personal Lives in ‘Office’ Style Mockumentary appeared first on /Film.
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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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The Muppets Are Coming Back to TV; Watch Some Clips From ‘Muppets Moments’

The Muppets Are Coming Back to TV; Watch Some Clips From ‘Muppets Moments’
The Muppets recently made a comeback on the big screen, and now they’re ready to take over the small one, too. Disney has announced a new short-form series titled Muppet Moments will premiere on Disney Junior next month. Get your first look at the new Muppets TV show after the jump. Disney announced the news. Targeted […]

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Nicholas Stoller on the possibility of another Muppets film

Muppets Most Wanted disappointed at the box office - so where does that leave plans for another Muppets movie?

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Nicholas Stoller's latest film, Bad Neighbours (known as Neighbors in most of the rest of the world) has proven to be the first surprise smash hit of the summer. Starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, the movie opened to nearly $50m of business last weekend in the Us alone.

Stoller directed that one, but he's also been the man who's co-written the last two Muppets films, including the recent Muppets Most Wanted. The latter hasn't enjoyed such box office success sadly, with the film taking a disappointing $70m worldwide. Hurt by competition from the likes of Rio 2 and Mr Peabody And Sherman, the film's take is a long way shy of the $165m grossed by The Muppets two years earlier.

So: what happened? Stoller, talking to IndieWire, said
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Could The Muppets Be Headed Back To TV?

While everyone knows The Muppets for their numerous theatrical successes, Jim Henson’s loveable creations also had many excellent outings on the small screen as well. Hosting their own type of variety hour, The Muppet Show really started the world’s love for Kermit and his gang, but a new generation of fans who only have films like the recent Muppets Most Wanted are missing out on a whole section of Muppets history. Thankfully though, that might be changing.

Many people know filmmaker Nicholas Stoller for his directorial work on Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him To The Greek, and the uproarious frat comedy Neighbors (which you shouldn’t miss). What you may not know is that Stoller also co-wrote both recent Muppet movies. While in New York City today to promote Neighbors, I sat down with the Stoller and decided to see if there were any future plans for Jim Henson’s franchise.
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Danny Baker to write Muppets-style show for BBC1

Danny Baker to write Muppets-style show for BBC1
No Strings Attached, which will feature puppets and real-life celebrities, starred Stephen Fry in a pilot.

He won't be playing the music or lighting the lights, but Danny Baker will be writing the words for a new Muppets-style show for BBC1.

The show, which had the working title No Strings Attached, will feature a mixture of puppets and real-life celebrities and starred Stephen Fry in a non-broadcast pilot.

Developed by the BBC with the Jim Henson Company, the Us producer responsible for the Muppets, plans for the Saturday teatime family show emerged earlier this year.

Baker, who won a Sony gold award last month for his BBC Radio 5 Live Saturday morning show, tweeted: "I'm writing the new Muppet/Puppet show for BBC/Henson. There I've said it."

Baker, who posted a picture of himself with a toy Kermit, has previously written for Chris Evans, Jonathan Ross and Angus Deayton. He
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Special Features - The Great Muppet Voice Debate

Muppets fan Luke Owen weighs in on the debate over the 'new voices'...

Yesterday, I reviewed the newest movie from Muppet Studios, The Muppets. But one point kept coming up when I was talking about the film that I wanted to address here.

There has been one big problem hanging over the Muppets, not just for this latest film, but for the last 20 years. In 1990, the world sadly lost Muppets creator Jim Henson to a form of bacterial pneumonia. It was Henson’s vision that brought the Muppets to our screens and his tireless dedication is what made the Muppets so truly special.

Since Henson’s death, the role of Kermit the Frog has been handled by Steve Whitmire, who had been working with the Muppets team performing as Rizzo The Rat – a character he would make popular in The Great Muppet Caper (1981) and The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) before he
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