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Farscape cast, creators reunite to celebrate DVD - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 25th 2009 6:02AM
The creators of Farscape announce a new compelte DVD set for September.It's hard to believe the live-action-meets-puppeteering sci-fi series Farscape is a decade old, but that's the occasion that brought Brian Henson and stars of the show to Comic-Con International Friday to announce a new complete series DVD set.

As unveiled to a full, if partially groggy Comic-Con crowd during one of the day's first events, the DVD collection will include every episode of the show, more than 90 minutes of extra footage and 29 episode commentaries.

Henson joined series creator Rockne O'Bannon with stars Ben Browder and Claudia Black to unveil the comprehensive set of the show Henson repeatedly referred to during the panel as "psychotically ambitious" because of its mix of live-action, muppet technology, and then-state-of-the-art visual effects.

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Muppet interstitials coming to Disney Channel

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 23rd 2007 1:21PM

kermitThe Muppet News Flash, always a great place for Muppet scuttlebutt, has written that The Disney Channel will be introducing a series of interstitials featuring the Muppets as well as characters from various Disney Channel programs. The goal, apparently, is to introduce the Muppets to the next generation.

Muppet News Flash also mentions a possible new Muppet movie and Muppet Web series, but nothing has been announced to the public yet. I'm just happy to see more Muppet stuff being developed, no matter what the medium.

Speaking of Muppet projects, I haven't heard much about Tinseltown since Jim Henson began shopping the series around back in November. The series centered on two gay puppets (a bull and a pig) who adopt a human child. I loved the concept, but I fear it may have disappeared into the ether. Bummer.

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Will Elmo return to the big screen?

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 3rd 2007 10:02AM

elmo's worldLike many of you, I've been waiting since the 1999 film The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland for the little red Muppet to return to the big screen. Every morning I would wake up and check all the trade papers to see if li'l Elmo was ready to make his big screen comeback, and every day I was disappointed.

Actually, everything in that paragraph is a lie, though I did see The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland in the theater, along with my then three-year-old nephew and a theater full of little kids (they loved it). Muppet News Flash is reporting that a possible movie version of the "Elmo's World" segment on Sesame Street is in the very early stages of development. So early, in fact, that there's no guarantee the movie will be made at all. If it does get made, word is that it will put Elmo in a CG crayon-drawn world in the vein of Harold and the Purple Crayon or Chalk Zone.

I know parents and those of us who grew up with "classic" Sesame Street aren't especially fond of Elmo, but you can't deny the little guy has his fans. Also, it helps to keep in mind that Elmo is specifically designed to appeal to smaller children, not their older siblings.

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The Muppet Show season two probably out this year

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 26th 2007 8:04PM

muppets don knottsI added "probably" to the heading because there hasn't been an official announcement just yet, but Muppet News Flash, my preferred source for Muppet news, cites "several key sources" who claim that the second season of The Muppet Show will indeed be released sometime this summer.

It's been over a year since the first season was released on DVD, and fans have been waiting patiently for the next set. Season two contains some of the best special guest performances from the show: Bob Hope, George Burns, Dom DeLuise, Peter Sellers, John Cleese, Don Knotts, Milton Berle, and several others.

I've said before that while I still love The Muppets, something important but intangible was lost after Jim Henson's death. These DVDs are more than just hours of fun and entertainment, they're a record of a great imagination at work.

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Will the Muppets finally return to primetime?

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 24th 2007 10:02AM

kermitWhile the Jim Henson Company works away on film and TV projects, we've been constantly teased with the promise of a new Muppet series. The last time this happened was with the short-lived Muppets Tonight in the '90s. Attempts to bring the gang back to television haven't come to fruition, including a pilot in 2004 for America's Next Muppet that was never picked up as a series.

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TBS adding new comedies to lineup

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 2nd 2006 4:03PM
frank caliendoTBS has a few comedy goodies baking in the oven, including that new talk show from the Jim Henson Company we've mentioned here before. The late night comedy block begins November 27 with 10 Items or Less, a series about a businessman who returns home to take over the family supermarket after his father dies. Pilots that may potentially become part of the block include the aforementioned Henson show, The Late Night Buffet with Augie and Del; a new comedy from MadTV impressionist Frank Caliendo; Off the Road with Andy Daly; and a comedy about news called What's News? Yeah, that's never been done before a million times. Jenny Hunter, a producer for both The Daily Show and Man Bites Dog, has also signed a development deal with the network. Out of all of these, I'm most interested in Late Night Buffet, but then, I have a thing for puppets.

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TBS expresses interest in new series from Jim Henson Company

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 2nd 2006 7:03AM
Hey, remember a while back when I mentioned a new talk show was being developed by the Jim Henson Company that wouldn't feature the classic Muppets but rather a whole new set of characters? Well, shortly after I mentioned that, a little more information came to light about the series, but I must have been distracted by something shiny, because I forgot to mention it here. So, if you'll forgive my brief bout of amnesia, I'm here to tell you that TBS has expressed an interest in Late Night Buffet (which is said to be geared towards a more "mature" audience). The partly-improvised show would be part of the network's late night block of shows. A pilot episode has been ordered, but that's all that is known so far. The show will feature a host named Augustus Pfiffle and his sidekick Delbert Kastle. Thanks as always to Muppet News Flash.

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