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"America's Next Muppet" mini-series in development

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Phillip, Sep 6, 2005.

  1. unclematt

    unclematt Active Member

    Was Nigel the Director named after Nigel the Conducter
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Yes. It's confirmed in both one of the muppet morsels (on The Muppet Show Season 1 DVD) and in the booklet for the muppet show 25th anniversary album. I believe the director was named after the conductor because Nigel The Director was the host of The Muppet Show: Sex And Violence. Also, Nigel the conductor was originally performed by Jim Henson while Nigel The Director was performed by Jims son, Brian Henson.
  3. unclematt

    unclematt Active Member

    Thank you for the tidbit. I havent watched all the episodes with the Muppet morsels yet.
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    That tidbit is mentioned in the morsels for the Florence henderson episode, during the "happy together" number, which talks about Droop and mentions that his design is similar to Nigels. Although I have't watched the morsels on that episode in awhile, so I could be wrong about the information being there, but I could be wrong. However, i do know that i am right about the information being confirmed in the anniversary albums booklet.
  5. unclematt

    unclematt Active Member

    Speaking of Flo what is with the number with no muppetes init. What is the point?
  6. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member


    Yikes...our Muppets cannot be outsourced!

    That would be a brilliant nod to hardcore fans.

    Also, when I first heard news of this project, I was worried it was a real reality tv show where they were to let just anyone try and perform the Muppets.
  7. unclematt

    unclematt Active Member

    It will be a reality but not to perform an all ready existing Muppet, to perform a brand new Muppet
  8. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Active Member

    This is the MC Thread dedicated to the auditions: http://forum.muppetcentral.com/showthread.php?t=21459
  9. OverUnderAround

    OverUnderAround New Member

    This article was on variety today. Nothing we already didn't know. The only good thing is that by them publishing the story means the production is still a go.


    Muppets pull strings at ABC
    Reality skein has viewers pick next big kiddie character

    The Muppets are plotting a return to primetime while looking for their next great character.
    ABC has ordered a script and five script outlines for "America's Next Muppet," a reality TV parody in which viewers may actually get a chance to pick Kermit and Miss Piggy's latest colleague.

    ABC and Disney remain tight-lipped on the project, although word of the project first leaked last month to several Muppets fan Web sites. But it appears that the new Muppet project would borrow from shows like "American Idol" and "America's Next Top Model" as judges (Kermit? Statler and Waldorf? Animal?) comb through several new characters to select a major Muppet.

    Since acquiring rights to the Muppet characters in 2004, Disney has been pursuing various ways to relaunch the popular brand as part of an overall corporate goal. ABC last May aired telepic "The Muppets Wizard of Oz," which performed solidly (7.8 million viewers), particularly with adults 18-34, teens and kids.

    "America's Next Muppet" would represent the first Muppets TV program since "Muppets Tonight," which briefly aired on ABC in 1996 (moving with additional episodes to the Disney Channel for one more year). That show also parodied the TV biz, as the Muppets ran a variety show on "KMUP-TV."

    The original "Muppet Show" ran in syndication for 120 episodes between 1976 and 1981.

    Date in print: Tue., Oct. 25, 2005
  10. OverUnderAround

    OverUnderAround New Member

    I think one of the interesting things about this is that while the show is a parody, the viewers get to pick a winner. I mean why bother having the public vote if the whole thing is a fake reality show? Having the public waste money on a phone call to vote for something that is fake would irritate the general public, and not good TV for ABC.

    Perhaps it's not 100% parody at all.

    Just to invite the public to vote means that you are picking a legit winner. And if that's the case, it can't be totally scripted because if viewers vote, some Muppets will be eliminated week by week from the competition, affecting the writing of the show.

    Maybe the selection process of "America's Next Muppet" is real and the rest of the show is just a spoof of the reality show process.

    I can't see ABC asking the public to vote for their choice if this wasn't an actual competition. To many TV viewers would get upset that they voted for something that wasn't on the level.

    Besides it's good marketing to have the public actually pick the next Muppet who could become a star and lead the Muppets back on track.

    If it ends up that the public does not vote... then I can see it being a true parody.
  11. unclematt

    unclematt Active Member

    Parody or not I am just excited that this is still ago.
  12. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    According to this: http://muppetnewsflash.blogspot.com/
    ...the project is on the fast track.

    There hasn't been a cool new Muppet since Mo Frackle debuted Nov of 2001 on Family Feud. I would love to see what new personalities, characters, etc they could come up with.
  13. unclematt

    unclematt Active Member

    Whose Mo Frackle
  14. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Active Member

  15. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Active Member

    He appeared during the time that The Muppets vs. The Dixie Chicks on Family Feud.

    I believe Ravagefrackle built him! If you can find Ravage's thread on the topic, there is a link to a photo gallery of his most beautiful puppet construction!!
  16. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    Although I have read Danny Horn's version of events of this on ToughPigs (more than once, actually), it's still something I wish I could have seen, being (obviously) a hardcore Muppet fan, and a closet Dixie Chicks fan... >_>
  17. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle New Member


    Thanks Fozzie, yes i Built him, (and named him SkankinFrackle),

    now as to the topic of this thread , i really wish this bad "Reality" show idea would go away, i cant think of a worse thing for the muppets to do, they are about accepting new talent, even if its bad, (if Fozzie bear audtioned on this thing do u think he would make the cut on his comedey alone, assuming of course he wasnt already a part of the cast?)not cutting down other performers, or crushing the hopes of some young aspiring puppeteer,
  18. Ryan

    Ryan New Member

    You're thinking of the wrong show. That idea was scrapped. This is to audition for new Muppet acts, ala Steve Martin episode.
  19. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    Some info about this was on AOL.com (in other words AOL for the web) under entertainment. I didn't have a chance to read it yet, but it's there if anyone's curious.
  20. Whatever

    Whatever Active Member

    I'm glad that this may still happen.:)


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