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'The Muppets': Our Favorite TV Stars Join Mahna Mahna Craze

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 23rd 2011 10:35AM
The Muppets Mahna MahnaIt's safe to say we're pretty flipping excited for 'The Muppets' movie.

Not only does the new film star Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, but some of our favorite TV stars like Rashida Jones and Neil Patrick Harris round out the cast. And just like us, they're not immune to the Mahna Mahna song.

In the video below, Jones, Harris, Ken Jeong and more of our favorite scene-stealers join the Mahna Mahna phenomenon.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the video is promoting MuppetsMahnaMahna.com, a site where fans can upload clips of themselves singing the classic song.

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Jason Segel Talks About His Own Muppet, Makes Innuendos on 'Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 23rd 2011 5:00AM
Jason Segel, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Not only was Jason Segel honored and so thrilled to be a part of the revival of the Muppets as film stars, but he got another honor perhaps even more special that he talked about on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET On CBS).

But as quickly as we were excited for him at having a Muppet of himself made and gifted to him, it quickly took a dark turn.

"there is something very strange and very awesome about me operating a puppet of myself alone in my apartment," Segel said.

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NBC Buys Puppet Sitcom From Henson Co., 'Buffy' Smartphone and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 22nd 2011 12:30PM
NBC LogoWhat if your neighbors were puppets? According to EW, the Peacock network is working on a script with the Jim Henson Co. about a human family who lives next door to a family of puppets.

'The New Nabors' comes from '30 Rock' veteran John Riggi and John Hoffman of 'Afterlife.' Jim Henson's daughter, Lisa, will serve as executive producer on the project.

Interest in Muppets is at an all-time high with the new film hitting theaters Nov. 23. The Muppets also appeared with Jason Segel on 'Saturday Night Live.'

In other TV news ...

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Jason Segel on Hosting 'Saturday Night Live' and Accomplishing His Childhood Goals

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 21st 2011 6:45PM
jason segal saturday night live Not many people get the chance to accomplish all of their childhood goals, let alone all three in one week, but Jason Segel's one lucky guy. Not only did he cross making a Muppet movie off his inverse-bucket list, but he finally achieved another childhood dream by hosting 'Saturday Night Live.'

"I have a list of childhood goals," Segel told Moviefone. "There are only three things on it: Be on David Letterman, work with the Muppets, and host 'SNL.' I had done Letterman before and I, obviously, did the Muppet movie last year. But, I did all three last week. In one week! That's not hyperbole, that's an actual list I had."

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'SNL' Scorecard: Jason Segel and the Muppets Get Things Started

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 20th 2011 11:50AM


There's a danger in looking too forward to an individual 'SNL' host just because, on paper, they should excel. Too often I've thought, "Well, this person will obviously be great,' only to have that person come off as flat or uninterested. Jason Segel's name immediately jumped out as a potentially great host. I mean, yes, he was obviously going to bring the Muppets with him, that was a given. But this is a guy who has made it clear that hosting 'SNL' has been a lifelong dream. But Segel is a writer. Sometimes writers come to the show with ideas in mind (like Segel obviously did with "Andre the Giant Gets an Ice Cream") that aren't necessarily great. But, happily, Segel brought his A-game and he brought Paul Rudd because, well, why not bring Paul Rudd? On to a very happy Scorecard!

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Jason Segel's Face Gets 'Unfavorable Reaction' From 'Muppets' Test Audience (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 15th 2011 3:45AM
Jason Segel, 'Late Show with David Letterman'Jason Segel has managed to have quite a successful career in comedy, despite having a face that apparently just continues to test poorly with audiences. On 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), he brought in a comment card from a 7-year old who was part of a screening for 'The Muppets.'

In it, the kid seemed to love the film, but when asked what he didn't like about it, the answer was pretty straightforward. "Gary's face," the kid wrote.

Gary is the name of Segel's character in the film.

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'The Muppets' Spoof 'Pretty Little Liars'

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 12th 2011 11:25AM
the muppets spoof pretty little liarsIn a new promo for 'The Muppets' Miss Piggy starts receiving some mysterious text messages from someone called 'A.' Sound familiar? In their new viral spoof, 'The Muppets' are taking on ABC Family's hit show, 'Pretty Little Liars.'

Who's 'A,' and what does he or she want? And more importantly, what do those mysterious text messages mean?

We think Miss Piggy would be a perfect fit for Rosewood. After all, her hair looks perfect, and we all know that Piggy can kick some serious 'A' when she needs too.

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Who Should Replace Eddie Murphy as Oscars Host? Your Suggestions

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 9th 2011 4:45PM
Who should replace Eddie Murphy as Oscars Host?After a whirlwind of controversy, producer Brett Ratner resigned from his producer post with the Oscars, and now host Eddie Murphy has parted ways with the Academy Awards as well.

UPDATE: Brian Grazer has accepted the job as Oscar producer, replacing Ratner, which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirms. "It's very gratifying to be part of a show that honors excellence in the medium to which I have devoted so much of my career, said Grazer.

There's no word on who will replace Murphy yet ... but that's where you come in.

AOL TV fans on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr have come alive with suggestions, including popular choices like The Muppets and Tina Fey.

Check out some of our favorite suggestions here!

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Chris Cooper: 'The Corrections' on HBO Will Make Jonathan Franzen Proud

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 9th 2011 10:30AM
Chris Cooper The CorrectionsChris Cooper won an Oscar playing a hirsute orchid-hunter in Spike Jonze's 'Adaptation,' and he's set to star as the villainous Tex Richman in this Thanksgiving's highly anticipated 'The Muppets,' but early next year he'll set his sights on the smaller screen. Cooper is scheduled to begin shooting the HBO adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's best-selling novel 'The Corrections' in 2012.

In the series, directed by Noah Baumbach ('The Squid and the Whale'), Cooper plays Alfred Lampert, a Midwestern father who -- over the course of 30 years -- copes with the disintegration of his family and his health.

During a publicity tour promoting 'The Muppets,' the actor shared some thoughts with AOL TV on filming 'The Corrections.'

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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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Katy Perry Guest-Stars, As 'The Simpsons' Are Turned Into Puppets (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 6th 2010 1:20AM
Well, she got into trouble with some Muppets. Now, let's see if Katy Perry can get in trouble with some Simpsons. A few months back, the pop singer was famously cut from an installment of 'Sesame Street,' after her low-cut outfit offended some parents and was deemed too "cleavage-y."

But Katy landed on her feet, and is back on the new Christmas-themed episode of 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on Fox). And she's wearing a form-fitting red dress that shows off about the same amount of décolletage. Lucky, this is prime-time on Fox, not the middle of the afternoon on PBS, so she shouldn't get banned this time around.

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News Roundup: The Muppets Head to the Smithsonian, Casting Intel and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 24th 2010 6:00PM
Kermit the FrogFonzie's jacket had better watch out -- more legendary TV props are moving into the Smithsonian. Jim Henson's original Muppets will join the Fonz's jacket, Dorothy's ruby slippers and other famous pop culture items at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

According to the Washington Business Journal, the original Kermit is among the donations from Muppet co-founder Jane Henson. Yes, it's the Kermit made from Jim Henson's mother's coat and ping pong balls. Kermit will be joined by nine other donations including the oldest surviving Muppet, Pierre the French Rat.

Jane Henson and 'Today' weatherman Willard Scott will present the donation on Wednesday.

In other TV news ...

Jamie-Lynn Sigler will star opposite Sherry Stringfield in a pilot for Lifetime. Sigler will play police detective Brooke Kross, partners with Stringfield's Molly Collins in the drama from 'Drop Dead Diva' creator Josh Berman. [Deadline Hollywood]

Judd Hirsch is reuniting with his TV son on 'The Whole Truth.' Hirsch played Rob Morrow's father on 'Numb3rs,' but on ABC's 'Whole Truth,' he'll play a judge on trial for corruption and murder who hires Morrow's character. [Ausiello Files]

The Miss Universe pageant hit an all-time low on NBC. The beauty pageant brought in 6 million viewers, compare that with the 5.9 million viewers for 'The Bachelor Pad.' The ratings were down 10 percent compared to last year. [Live Feed]

'Life Unexpected' actor Reggie Austin will play Vanessa Williams' husband on 'Desperate Housewives.' Austin's character is a baseball player and will make his debut in the fifth episode. [TV Guide]

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The Muppets Want Answers About 'Lost,' and They're Going to Get Them

by Jason Hughes, posted May 6th 2010 6:00PM
Bobo the Bear, The MuppetsTheir slow takeover of the Internet continues, with the latest Muppet short targeting 'Lost' creators and producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

Rizzo the Rat and Bobo the Bear are leading a group of tourists around Hollywood and make their way to the offices of Lindelof and Cuse, where the two show runners are discussing the finer plot points of 'Lost,' or perhaps something equally important.

If you were given the chance to ask any one question of the creators about 'Lost,' what would it be? I'll bet it wouldn't be the one asked in this video, after the jump.

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The Coolest Thing You'll See Today: Beaker Channels Kansas

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 9th 2010 6:00PM
Remember way back when the Muppets did their version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and how it set the Internet on fire? Well, their newest attempt couldn't set a pile of gasoline soaked soaks ablaze.

This time, Beaker attempts to "meep" his way through the Kansas ballad, "Dust in the Wind," but the Internet doesn't seem too pleased with it, which is like saying that Toyota made a little bit of a "boo-boo" with the manufacturing of their cars.



[via Neatorama]

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The coolest thing ever you'll see today: the Muppets channel Queen

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 24th 2009 7:30PM
I'm am an unabashed fan of the Muppets and it doesn't matter than I'm 29. It might matter to mature single ladies and gym meatheads who can beat me to a bloody pulp with their eyelids, but that's beside the point.

I don't care. They were funny when I was a growing toddler still learning how to say my ABCs and they are still funny now that I'm an adult who cannot say my ABCs backwards convincingly enough to prove my sobriety. So just imagine my joy when this video surfaced of the fuzzy funnies doing their rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody".

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