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“The Muppets” Pilot Pitch and First Look

Did you wonder how Disney and ABC put two and two together and realized that the best thing for their revived Muppet property was to put it back on network television where it began? No, it wasn’t just common sense, no matter how clearly common sense it might have been to everyone else. After all, someone had to put the Muppet Show back together in such a way that it felt modern enough for the network to accept it, and for Disney to give its blessing.


That ten minute first look presentation isn’t usually something released to the public, as those who are in the business of making your entertainment sausage would not like for you to know exactly what goes into it. But one thing about the Muppets is that they are representative of the creative insanity that rebels against these sorts of conventions. It’s part of their DNA, and is what makes them so attractive to both kids, who instinctively recognize the rebellion, and to adults, who long to have that freedom.

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The Muppet Show Reboot Gets Full Series Order

Along with the canceled and uncanceled game the networks played last night, it was also time to announce which new series would be coming int he fall. And the biggest news out of ABC is they’ll be adding yet another tie in show to an existing Disney franchise. The Muppet Show reboot (which promises documentary behind the scenes stuff and a “more grown up attitude”) was given a full series order and the first photo was released to celebrate.


According to Time Magazine, we should really get hyped. “The recent pilot presentation, we’re told, received a standing ovation when it screened for ABC executives a couple weeks ago. Bill Prady and Bob Kushell are co-writers and executive producers alongside Randall Einhorn and Bill Barretta.”

But just in case that wasn’t enough for you, the recent spate of Muppet YouTube collaborations that hit the web this week should be. As if either priming us for this announcement, or just one more show of proof to ABC execs this was the right move, these viral vids have been some of the week’s best bits of the web.

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The Muppets Go A Capella

It’s viral videos that the new reboot of The Muppet Show need to produce on a weekly basis, please and thank you.

The human in the video, by the way. is “YouTube Star” Mike Tompkins who specializing in a capella songs like this one.

And it seems like The Muppets are planning to do the viral video thing in lead up to a show coming to TV. According to the press release that came with this video:

The Mouse House’s Muppets Studio and YouTube Space LA, the studio Google funds to encourage creators to create video for the platform, have teamed up with YouTubers including a capella vocalist Mike Tompkins, musician Lindsey Stirling, Crash Course, VSauce3, Barely Political and Mental Floss. The videos they have created will appear on the Muppets’ official YouTube channel, as well as on their own channels, and promoted on the Muppets’ social-media pages.

The Muppets Want You To Care About March Madness

I have never been able to care about most American Sportsball. I can get into European football, and at time American Football, but things like Baseball, basketball and hockey are just not that exciting for me.

On the other hand, I do get excited about Muppets. And Since Disney owns the Muppets and Disney owns ESPN, they are going to use the former to attempt to direct me to the latter.

Below, two more slots, starring Bunson and Beaker and Kermit and Piggy.

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