News Update: August 2, 2012

NEWS UPDATE: August 2, 2012

Over on her website, “Good in a Room,” friend of the blog Stephanie Palmer has written a wonderful article about Jim Henson’s classic pitch reel for The Muppet Show. It takes a look at how the awesome pitch reel is structured and examines it as a whole. I love it! But before you read it, why not watch said awesome pitch reel again?

In the most incredibly vague and confusing news of the week, The CW television network showed up at the Television Critic’s Association on Monday to show off its crop of television shows for this coming season. The president of The CW, Mark Pedowitz made a very staggering promise that Muppet fans should scratch their heads about, saying, “‘I can promise another Muppets special this holiday season,’ said Pedowitz, acknowledging that last holiday’s special [a rerun of Letters to Santa] did well in the ratings for the network.” What does this mean? Who honestly knows. Does it mean a new Muppet Christmas special this holiday season on The CW? Highly unlikely. It is August, said special would have to air in December–four months from now. While that isn’t an impossible time frame, it is highly unlikely. Mostly likely Pedowitz was talking about another Muppet special rerun on his network… but, again, that’s just speculation on our part. I would be thrilled to see a new special, but I just don’t see that happening. I guess we’ll find out!

Everyone loves Frank Oz. It’s really hard not to love the man who brought such wonderful life to Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Grover, Cookie Monster, Bert, Animal, Yoda, and a host of others. But it’s no secret that Frank doesn’t work for the Muppets anymore, nor does he seem to want to. In a recent red carpet interview, Frank was asked about his opinion on The Muppets, the new movie. Here, watch the video:

So there you go, Frank Oz’s thoughts on The Muppets. I’m just glad he’s glad other people enjoyed it. At least now we know he wants them to keep going! (He just doesn’t want them to be so darn cute.) (Says the man who directed the film that introduced the Muppet Babies.) A Montreal Tourism company has posted a wonderful video recapping the show that the Muppets performed at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival a week ago. It features tons of great video footage of the show, plus some great stand up comedy from the comedians who participated in the show along with our furry friends. Enjoy!

The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier,

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