It’s The Muppets Mupdate!


By Karen Valenzuela, @VictoriaNoir89

Sam the Eagle says it best: “God bless America and its MAGNIFICENT broadcasting company!”

September 22 is highlighted, underlined, bolded, and italicized in my calendar, nerds, and you should do the same. Because that’s when The Muppets premieres on ABC.

Yes. Those Muppets. Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, and the rest of the gang.

Comedy vets Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory) and Bob Kushell (3rd Rock from the Sun) are overseeing the show, and it was announced that this wasn’t going to be The Muppet Show that we remember from the 1970s. Instead, it will be shot as a mockumentary. Imagine The Office, but instead of covering a paper company with human employees, it goes behind the scenes of a late night talk show with Muppets. The show will document the lives of the Muppets as they produce a super fabulous late night talk show like Fallon or Kimmel, with none other than Miss Piggy as the host. Prady said, “Kermit is the executive producer of the show, which puts him in the same harried caught-in-the-middle situation. Miss Piggy is Miss Piggy, in terms of her personality and her approach to things. The staff you’ll see working on the show—some are human, some are bears and frogs. And no one seems to notice.” Glorious.

There will be guest stars and musical numbers, of course. Such is the way of a late night talk show. And such is the way of the Muppets.

There have been so many announcements since we first found out The Muppets were getting their own show. Teasers, trailers, break-ups, talk show appearances…you name it, The Muppets have given it to us in the last few months. With less than 20 days until our favorite puppets are in front of our eyeballs, The Nerd Machine wants to give you a bit of an update about what’s happened so far in Muppet news. A “mupdate”, if you will.

– Fozzie Bear has a girlfriend. Not only is she a human being, but her parents seem to disapprove of the interspecies relationship. Which is totally unfair. What’s better than a bear that tells jokes in a polka dot tie? Nothing, that’s what.

– Animal will do nudity if it’s tasteful.

– Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog are no longer an item. After decades of being an item…sort of…sometimes…Kermit made the announcement last month, both at a press event and on his official Facebook page. Miss Piggy followed with a statement about the break-up on her own Facebook page.

-Miss Piggy nearly torpedoed the whole thing by pulling out of the show at the last minute. Then, in pure diva-pig fashion, she changed her mind and saved the day. Again, at the last minute. (Rumor is she wants her frog back, though Miss Piggy has vehemently denied it.)

-Piggy has already been locking lips with Topher Grace (TMZ is calling them Tophiggy), and she’s got purple-shadowed eyes on our friend Nathan Fillion. Or, more accurately, on his backside. (Captain Tightpants, anyone?) Whoever her latest dish is, Miss Piggy is first and foremost an independent pig, and we know she’ll never leave us boared. …Sorry. Moving on.

– Most recently, it looks like Kermit the Frog has moved onto a new squeeze of the pork variety. Though he tweeted they’re just close friends, Denise, who is the ABC marketing executive for the late night talk show, and Kermit seem to be more than that. Apparently Kermit has a type: fashionista pigs. A little advice, Denise: watch where you put those cloven hooves when Piggy’s around.

I think Kermit sums it up best: “Yep. I’ve made my life a bacon-wrapped hell on Earth.”

Watch the premiere of ABC’s The Muppets at 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT on Tuesday, September 22! And have tissues ready to catch those laughter tears.

Here’s the pilot presentation that convinced ABC to greenlight The Muppets!

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