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New Muppet Promos Include Other ABC Stars

Of course, Disney wouldn’t bring back the Muppets just out of the goodness of their heart. A show that involves putting on a show and bringing in a guest star every week means that the television network ABC will be working hard to make sure that a good portion of those slots go to the stars of other high-profile ABC properties. Such as Scandal‘s Kerry Washington.

Or Castle‘s Nathan Fillion.

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HBO Announces Sesame Street Spin Off

So much big news for the Muppets, packed into one little press release. HBO has just announced a five-year deal with Sesame Workshop. This deal gives them the rights to create a spin-off educational show (So not exactly Fraggle Rock, but perhaps something in that vein, this time with educational overtones?)

But more importantly, it takes Sesame Street out of PBS funding. As part of the deal, Sesame Street will receive permanent funding from HBO, which after a period of nine months will make it so the show is produced completely free of charge to PBS. It was also fund enough that Sesame Street will be able to produce twice as much content a year as it can currently.

Photo: "CHANGE THE PLAN" - Show # 4519 - Sesame Street Production; Director: Ken Diego; television production photographed: Monday, October 28, 2013;  9:00 AM at  Kaufman-Astoria Studios; Astoria, New York; Photograph: © 2013 Richard Termine. PHOTO CREDIT - Richard Termine

“Our new partnership with HBO represents a true winning public-private partnership model,” said Jeffrey D. Dunn, Sesame Workshop’s CEO. “It provides Sesame Workshop with the critical funding it needs to be able to continue production of Sesame Street and secure its nonprofit mission of helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder; it gives HBO exclusive pay cable and SVOD access to the nation’s most important and historic educational programming; and it allows Sesame Street to continue to air on PBS and reach all children, as it has for the past 45 years.”

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The Electric Mayhem “Jungle Boogie”

It has been far, far too long since the Muppets released a new music video. Before Disney got their act together and rebooted them for the big screen, these were once a staple of The Muppet’s original comeback on YouTube. These covers of classic rock and pop numbers by the Muppets and their musicians are not only a delight, but a perfect vehicle for viral video stardom. (Remember Bohemian Rhapsody?)

As with many of the other things that bringing The Muppets back to TV has done, this is yet another bonus. I cannot wait for the season to begin. (Firefly and Castle nerds, you heard Nathan Fillion is one of the first guests on this season right? Along with other already-contracted-by-ABC stars, including Kerry Washington? SYNERGY!)