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NBC will broadcast a Muppets Christmas

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 8th 2008 11:03AM
John Denver and the MuppetsIt looks like the Muppets will be back again for Christmas. The NBC television special will star Whoopi Goldberg, "The Sopranos" alums Tony Sirico and Steve Schirripa, "Harry Potter" regular Richard Griffiths and Madison Pettis as well as your favorite cast of colorful characters created by Jim Henson.

I'm a huge fan of the Muppets, but the passing of Jim Henson did somehow lessen the franchise. The stuff they've produced since has been hit-and-miss. I liked Muppets Tonight and It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, but most of the other stuff (especially the theatrical films) have fallen flat.

I do hope that Jason Segal and Nicholas Stoller will be able to breathe new life into the franchise. I did enjoy Forgetting Sarah Marshall (particularly the puppet musical), but I'm not sure how well that translates to the Muppets. My fingers are crossed.

How dare Jim Henson leave us all like this! I'm sorry. I still haven't gotten over it.

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Courtney

Sorry if this posts twice, but I fully agree with your assessment that the muppets are going downhill since Jim Henson died. Instead of clever, we're going toward more obvious less-funny humor. Kermit seems to be the new Mickey Mouse instead of his slightly sarcastic, lovably irritable self! Just look at the two newest TV movies: The Wizard of Oz and A Very Merry Muppet Christmas were TERRIBLE! Maybe they need to lean less on the guest stars...I don't know. But I just wish it'd get better!

I do have hope for Jason Segal, though.

September 16 2008 at 12:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe Coughlin

And why won't any network just rerun "Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas" again? It's a classic that still holds up.

September 09 2008 at 2:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

Why is this on NBC? If Disney/ABC is so into revitalizing the Muppets, the brand that they own why would they sell it to another Network?

September 08 2008 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Franklin

If you're a Muppets fan like me, you'll just be glad to get some fresh Muppets entertainment, but that's a good question I'm curious about, too. I do have to agree with Brad that after Jim Henson passed, something died within the magic of Muppetland.

September 08 2008 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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