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It seemed like a sure thing. People like Muppets, right? It had a great nerdy lead-out in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Muppets themselves have a long history of fan service and fun that should have made it appointment television weekly. So why did it fail? Why did it fold after one season? How can you screw up a slam dunk like The Muppets? Easy, according to Frank Oz, if you don’t respect the material, or the people that deliver it, that’s how you fail. At least that’s the assessment Oz has to offer, and he should know because he’s been a Muppet! (more…)

When it comes to the world of Muppets and old-school puppetry, look no further than the amazingly talented Frank Oz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Little Shop of Horrors, and What About Bob?). Oz’s career has encompassed his talented work as a puppeteer, voice-over artist (This is the man who voiced Yoda for crying out loud!), and director. Oz hasn’t directed a film since 2007’s Death at a Funeral but has taken the helm of a project near and dear to his heart. Oz has put together Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched, a documentary all about the secrets behind one of the most popular variety shows of all time: The Muppet Show.

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The Jim Henson Co. are the masters of puppetry, and it’s where the best in the business bring pieces of plastic and fabric to life and bring joy to children and adults alike. Between The Muppets and Sesame Street, generations have been touched by the work of these master puppet makers, and now  they’re opening their doors to find the next great puppeteer.It shouldn’t surprise anyone, that after the success of their SyFy show ” Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge” they’ve decided to return  to television with a show that introduces creators and their lovable creations to a world-wide audience. Find out more after the jump.

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The Happytime Murders somehow seems to be simultaneously something you could totally see coming from The Jim Henson Co. (ex: “Happytime”), and something you never thought the puppeteer gang would produce (ex: “Murders”). And yet here we are with news of its development! Directed by Brian Henson (son of the late and great Jim Henson) and Erich & Jon Hoeber (Red, Red 2), from a script by Todd Berger & Dee Robertson, this project has actually been in the works for a number of years now. The film would be bringing a whole new side of comedy to light; featuring an R rating, some live-action, and brand new Muppet characters. It might be the newest name potentially signing on to the project that will really get things rolling, though: Jamie Foxx. (more…)

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If you didn’t know already, there’s a new Jim Henson Company The Muppets Show coming to ABC. It’s a more adult look at the personal lives of the Muppets in an Office like mockumentary style. In fact, even more people are going to be finding out about this new series thanks the efforts of One Million Moms and their petition to stop the show from being aired. (more…)

The Stars of ABC Help Promote ‘The Muppets’

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It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights! It’s time for some shameless cross-network self-promotion. The Muppets debuts later this month on ABC, and they’re trying to raise some awareness with a series of promos featuring actors from other popular ABC series because, you know, The Muppets need more brand recognition. Of course, the original Muppet Show was well known for its celebrity guest appearances, so why not take advantage of that legacy through the lens of corporate synergy? So here are the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational, corporatational, promos possible for the all new Muppet show. (more…)

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From the harsh terrible wastelands (the internet) come two brave heroes (chubby guys with microphones) to do battle with (talk about) the evils of this world (ok, that last bit might be pretty accurate.) This week, Jeremy and Jason run through how Snoop Dogg failed grade 8 history, why Alan Thicke and his wife aced sex-ed, and where Harry Shearer will have to accept that job has the school janitor.

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In a world where the machines have risen up, spellchecks are useless and autocorrect walks against wombat pinball. Internet word slinger Mason Fabulous and satin voiced flim-flam artist and brand expert Hermes “Bear” Brunson must band together to save the world the only way they now how. By watching trailers on YouTube and talking over them.

Other than watching videos on the radio (which is as exciting as it sounds) this week on the show: (more…)