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Jim Henson Company prepares late night talk show

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 7th 2006 2:09PM
kermitThe reason I didn't use the word "Muppet" in that headline is because the new late night talk show from the Jim Henson Company, Late Night Buffet, will not feature any of the "classic" Muppets you're used to seeing. Instead, new characters have been created for the show, which is said to be aimed at an older and more mature audience. Unfortunately, that's all the information there is at the time. At this point we don't even know what network will be airing the show or when it will air exactly. This information comes from Muppet News Flash, which also has links to information on how you can be an audience member at the first taping on July 22.

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Television's Kynan Barker

Daniel, the Jim Henson Company sold the classic Muppet characters to Disney in 2004. Henson still owns the Fraggles, Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and a few lesser-known bits and pieces, but outside of their vague ongoing deal with Disney to co-develop new Muppet stuff, JHC is on its own.

At first it looked like Henson was going to concentrate on non-puppet stuff -- they made a Farscape TV movie and there's a Labyrinth sequel in the works -- but now it looks like they're also developing "Muppet-like" projects to beat Disney at their own game.

It's all pretty fascinating, if your definition of "fascinating" stretches to include the politics of puppeteering.

tv's kb

June 07 2006 at 8:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Daniel Solis

I don't get it but it sounds interesting. I wonder if Disney told them they weren't allowed to use the classic characters.

June 07 2006 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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