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Jim Henson was one of my childhood heroes. I’ve seen every episode of The Muppet Show multiple times. I tuned into Sesame Street long past the age of appropriateness just to see his creatures. Movies like The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth helped create my lifelong love of fantasy. I even talked about him in one of my scholarship interviews back in high school.
Attending “The Magic Behind The Muppets” last month at D23 EXPO was a total bucket list experience for me. I still can’t believe that we were just feet away from Muppeteers Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta, Eric Jacobson and Matt Vogel. With their Muppets. Real, actual Muppets. It was amazing to see the legacy of Jim Henson live on.
We learned during the panel that the new show, The Muppets, is going to be done mockumentary style. It’s a modern tribute to everyone’s favorite part of The Muppet Show: the backstage antics. Instead of a variety show, this time around they’re filming Miss Piggy’s late night talk show.
The Muppets air Tuesday nights at 8pm, starting with tonight’s pilot, “Pig Girls Don’t Cry”.
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Miss Piggy is furious that Kermit booked Elizabeth Banks as a guest on her late night talk show Up Late with Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear meets his girlfriend’s parents, and Grammy Award-winning rock band Imagine Dragons performs their new single “Roots”.
It’s all of the characters you love, but it feels completely new. And yet somehow it feels the same. That’s a pretty impressive feat there.
And if you needed another hint that it’s an all new The Muppets, they’re all on social media!
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