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October 10, 2015


Buy Wilkins Coffee or we'll shoot this Muppet

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 19th 2009 9:02AM
Jim Henson's Muppets doing a commercial for Wilkins Coffee

Everybody in television has to start at the bottom, even the Muppets.

Jim Henson's Muppets got their big break in the 1950s as two spokesmuppets for the Wilkins Coffee Company in a series of eight-second commercials featuring the most ballsy commercial concept of all time: buy Wilkins Coffee or we will shoot you in the face.

I'd like to see Billy Mays take on that concept.

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All Jason wants for Festivus

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 20th 2007 10:18AM

FestivusIt's that festive time of year when children put tinsel on the television antennas and hang mistletoe over their favorite DVDs. Where celebrities check into rehab to spend the holidays with all their celebrity friends. And where the rest of America is invited to corporate non-specific, non-religious, non-alcoholic generic winter holiday luncheons where they can mingle with their co-workers and say things like "Remember when this company used to have real Christmas parties?"

But while political correctness may have ruined most holiday functions, nothing can ruin Festivus! That magical season in which TV Squadders hope and pray for televisions dreams come true. And I know just what I want...

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The Five: Best fake bands

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 14th 2006 7:05AM

the electric mayhemOkay, now that we've covered the best bands on television, it's time to put our focus on those bands that, while maybe not "real," still had us tapping our feet, shaking our hips, and waving our hands in the air, almost, dare I say, as if we didn't care. Below are five that spring to mind, but I'm sure you guys can come up with a ton of others. Let's strike up the band, shall we?

Dr. Teeth and the The Electric Mayhem: Okay, let me see if I got this right. Floyd Pepper was the bass player, Janice was the guitarist, Zoot played saxophone, Animal played drums, and Dr. Teeth sang and played piano. I think that was the lineup of this insane band that "played" the opening and closing music on The Muppet Show, not to mention all their great performances during the show. I wonder how many current drummers got into it because of Animal? I'll bet quite a few.

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Muppet Show season two is on its way, just not sure when

by Adam Finley, posted May 2nd 2006 1:04PM
muppetsBack in February I mentioned that Muppet News Flash was saying that the second season of The Muppet Show would be available by this summer. Well, that's no longer true. However, the same site is now reporting that Disney has put the set back on the release list, and that we will definitely be seeing it by this fall. As far as an exact date, well, we don't know that just yet. I'm a huge Muppet fan but I've still yet to purchase the first season DVD. Instead, I've been keeping myself busy with the "best of" DVDs put out by Time-Life. In addition, Muppet News Flash reports that a "complete series" disc of the short-lived Muppets Tonight series may follow the release of the fifth season. That, however, is just rumor at the moment.

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The Muppet Show season two coming (probably)

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 12th 2006 8:44AM

muppet showWhile this amounts to a kind of "he said, she said" thing and no official announcement has been made, Muppet News Flash is reporting that the second season of The Muppet Show should be out this summer on DVD. The new set is being delayed for the usual reasons, such as legal clearances, restoration, and gathering footage for supplemental features. I guess the bottom line is, it will get here when it gets here, and it'll be worth the wait. The first season of the popular show has sold exceptionally well, so hopefully we'll continue to see more.

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Kermit The Frog turns 50

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 11th 2005 3:44PM

Kermit The FrogWow, it seems like only yesterday that Kermit was...well, actually, to be honest, I never gave a second thought about what his "age" "really" "was." He's just green felt controlled by someone else's hands and I never really thought he was any age. But he turns 50 next month, and he gives an interview to the AP about hitting the half century mark and also plugs the new Muppet Show DVDs.

He doesn't get into any of his past adventures, like that affair with Liza Minnelli or his stay in rehab, but he does mention having exotic strippers at his party. LeBlanc, are you listening?

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