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Chelsea Handler Asks Miss Piggy About Sex With Kermit (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 22nd 2011 3:30AM
Miss Piggy of the Muppets, 'Chelsea Lately'This is the way we like our Muppets. They need to be interacting with the real world as if they are real themselves. So why not have them hit the promotional circuit just as much as Jason Segel to promote their new movie, as Miss Piggy does here on 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!).

Of course, this is Chelsea Handler, so the questions inevitably turned to sex. But when Handler wanted to know how far she and Kermit had gone, Piggy proved a master at interviews, by cleverly evading the question. It's a completely inappropriate question, after all, and more importantly -- we don't really want to know the answer!

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The Muppets Take Over 'WWE Monday Night RAW' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 1st 2011 4:00AM
Miss Piggy, 'WWE Monday Night RAW'It was a special Halloween edition of 'WWE Monday Night Raw' (Mon., 9PM ET on USA), which featured several of the wrestling superstars in costume. But at almost every turn, they were upstaged by the week's special guests.

In anticipation of their return to the silver screen, the Muppets were all over this broadcast. Kermit was getting some love from one of the female wrestlers, while Miss Piggy was getting rebuffed. Animal got to serve as the timekeeper, while Beeker actually impacted the outcome of a match.

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The Sesame Street Monsters Show Up to Judge a Cookie Competition on 'Top Chef All Stars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 17th 2011 1:56AM
Sesame Street Muppets, 'Top Chef All Stars'Things took a turn for the silly on 'Top Chef All Stars' (Wed., 10PM ET on Bravo) when several of the 'Sesame Street' monsters stopped by to judge a cookie competition. Of course, that meant Cookie Monster would be there, and he was joined by both Elmo and Telly.

Telly seemed to take the competition pretty seriously, while Elmo used the opportunity to crack jokes. When one of the contestants mentioned using thyme in her recipe, Elmo asked, "How much time?"

"45 minutes," Cookie Monster replied seriously.

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Jason Segel Shows Jimmy Fallon the Muppet He Created on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 21st 2010 4:41AM
Jason Segel, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'Jason Segel has been passionate about the Muppets longer than he's been on 'How I Met Your Mother.' Now that he's written and is directing their big-screen comeback, he brought that passion to 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' (Weeknights, 12:37AM on NBC).

For the first table read, Segel revealed that the Muppets themselves were brought in to perform their parts, so it wasn't just the voice actors sitting around. "Kermit comes out," he said. "He goes, 'Hi-ho' and then I said I needed a five minute break."

At that moment, it must have been like the culmination of a dream for Segel, who said in his youth he'd thought of Kermit as the everyman, even moreso than Jimmy Stewart and Tom Hanks. Now, he'd taken his passion and love of the Muppets, and he was bringing about their revival.

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Adult-Oriented Muppets on GSN with 'Late Night Liars'

by Brad Trechak, posted May 5th 2010 5:00PM
Late Night LiarsJim Henson has sadly passed on, but his company is still thriving and adapting to the times.

According to the LA Times
, GSN announced today that Henson Alternative (the adult division of the Jim Henson Company) will be making a game show called 'Late Night Liars,' which stars a group of alcoholic puppets.

The premise of the game show is this: Contestants (who are human) will have to distinguish between fact and fiction, as told by the aforementioned drunk puppets, as they compete for various cash and prizes. Characters include Shelley Oceans, Sir Sebastian Simian and William A. Mummy (get it?).

Actor/comedian Larry Miller will host.

"Jim Henson made a great discovery many years ago when he realized that pretending puppets are people is far easier than dealing with people who are puppets," Miller said in a GSN statement.

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Jason Segel Found A Star For His New Muppet Flick: Himself

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 16th 2010 5:26PM
Jason SegelWhen we here at TV Squad HQ (an outhouse-sized shack in the suburbs of Paducah, KY) heard that Jason Segel of 'How I Met Your Mother' was co-writing a new theatrical Muppet movie, there was much rejoicing.

Why? Because, while Neil Patrick Harris gets all the attention, Segel has quietly become the comedic glue of the show, able to do subtle humor and physical shtick with the best of them. Also, despite his relative youth, he has expressed his love of the Muppets in the past. So we had a feeling that he was going to produce a script that recalled the best of the Muppet flicks, 'The Muppet Movie' and 'The Great Muppet Caper,' while keeping a modern edge.

Now The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog has the news that Segel will also be starring in the movie, tentatively titled 'The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time,' as the Muppets' live action buddy, who along with Kermit seeks to reunite the gang to save their old theater. Huzzahs all around.

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Flight of the Conchords co-creator to direct the Muppets

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 29th 2010 7:03PM

The MuppetsJames Bobin has signed on to direct the new Muppet movie. Bobin co-created the television version of Flight of the Conchords (as opposed to the band itself, which was co-created by Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie).

So it's a writer who has predominantly worked in television who is directing a movie about a group of characters who became famous from a television show. The movie itself is co-written by Jason Segel, star of How I Met Your Mother, who is rumored to be a Muppet-maniac. I'm still waiting for his Broadway production of Dracula, the Puppet Musical.

As a Muppet fan myself, I'm happy about this piece of news. I have enjoyed Bobin's work on Da Ali G Show and Flight of the Conchords without being aware of his involvement. I just hope Bobin shows love and respect for the franchise and we don't end up with another Muppets' Wizard of Oz.

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Muppets and 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' Team Rebuild Daycare (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 4th 2010 2:26PM
The 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' crew and a crack team of hardhat-wearing Muppets pitch in to renovate a Minnesota family's 100-year-old home, which serves as a low-cost, multicultural daycare.

The St. Paul daycare, which is heavily relied upon by parents who can't afford more expensive daycare options, was in danger of being shut down due to the poor state of the house in which it was based.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Some thoughts on Farscape

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 2nd 2010 5:02PM
FarscapeFarscape went off the air before TV Squad even materialized into existence. Being the prompt person I am (note the sarcasm), I finally had the chance to watch the complete series right before the new year. What struck me most about the show was its spiritualism and fantasy elements.

The science behind it was crap. Even the scientist character of Jool made note of this in one of the episodes. Farscape was more of a fantasy with some scientific window dressing, much like the Star Wars movies. It speaks volumes when the central hero has the initials "J.C." like some religious icons we know.

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And now, here's video of a Muppet dying

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 27th 2009 3:03PM
I know that The Muppet Show was for adults as much as kids, but this clip from the show is still rather odd. Guest Kenny Rogers sings "The Gambler" (which has lines about drinking whiskey and smoking cigarettes) and then one of the Muppets dies. It's all a bit surreal.

[via Pop Culture Junk Mail]

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What's On Tonight: Ghost Whisperer, Muppets, Dollhouse, White Collar

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 4th 2009 12:03PM
  • MonkLifetime has an Army Wives marathon all night.
  • At 8, ABC has Dreams Come True: A Celebration Of Disney Animation, followed by new episodes of Ugly Betty and 20/20.
  • CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer at 8, then new episodes of Medium and Numb3rs.
  • NBC has A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa at 8, followed by new episodes of Dateline and The Jay Leno Show.
  • FOX has two new episodes of Dollhouse.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, then new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • Food Network has Paula's Southern Christmas at 8.
  • Hallmark has the movie The National Tree at 8.
  • Also at 8: Disney has a new Wizards of Waverly Place, then a new Suite Life on Deck.
  • At 8:30, Cartoon Network has a new Ben 10: Alien Force, followed by a new episode of The Clone Wars.
  • At 9, The CW has Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.
  • USA has the series finale of Monk at 9, followed by the fall finale of White Collar.
  • Syfy has a new Stargate Universe at 9, then a new Sanctuary.
  • At 10,Food Network has a new holiday-themed Unwrapped.
  • E! has a new episode of The Soup at 10.
  • At 10:30, Fine Living has a new Bartender Wars.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Magnifico! The Muppets Do 'Bohemian Rhapsody' (VIDEO)

by Bryan Enk, posted Nov 24th 2009 3:47PM

The Muppets Studio has posted a new video on YouTube of all your favorite Muppet characters performing Queen's rock classic 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'

The Muppets' version manages to be even more majestic, surreal and shamelessly excessive than the original Queen video -- and even the famous scene from 'Wayne's World' that served as an introduction to the song for a whole new generation.

Check it out after the jump, and set aside some time for repeat viewings; it actually gets better and more brilliant as it goes along, ending with a rather unexpected and amusing punchline from Kermit himself.

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Removed Muppets, more than just a lousy name for a college rock band

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 13th 2009 7:02PM
In my never-ending, tireless, four day quest to completely categorize Sesame Street (read my previous features here, here and here), it seems I have completely missed one.

Mental Floss Magazine has tapped a hidden but flowing resource of Muppets who have actually been fired from Sesame Street, characters I almost completely had erased from my memory like musician Don Music, Professor Hastings and Bruno the Trashman.

Who knew that Muppets could also fall victim to the horrors and uncaring hands of a mighty economic recession? I suppose that living in a garbage can makes you financially bulletproof.

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Now Sesame Street takes on the iPod

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 6th 2009 2:02PM
Sesame Street did a Mad Men spoof recently, and now they're spoofing another contemporary pop culture icon: the iPod.

In this clip, the Muppets are seen wearing headphones and dancing in silhouette a la various commercials for Apple's iPod. Steve Jobs called and is going to sue PBS. Just kidding!

[via Mashable]

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Sesame Street has sad men, happy men, and Mad Men

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 1st 2009 8:09AM
I'm not surprised that there's no smoking or drinking in this Sesame Street parody of AMC's Mad Men, but I still think it could be a little sharper. And why are all of the characters wearing hats?

Jeez, here I am being hard on a kids' show. The line at the end about sycophants is funny and something for us adults.

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