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Muppet Central's 17th Birthday

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Phillip, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Happy birthday! Muppet Central is now 17 years old. The site debuted 17 years ago on January 28, 1998.

    Back when the site first started The Jim Henson Company still owned all of their original properties including the Muppets and Sesame Street. Two new feature films were in development simultaneously, Muppets From Space and Elmo in Grouchland. The Children's Television Workshop was gearing up for their upcoming 30th anniversary and The Jim Henson Company was developing an ambitious sci-fi series that would eventually become Farscape. Even though many changes have occurred throughout the EM.TV and Disney years, we’ve been honored to be a small part of it and to provide a place for fan discussion and interaction.

    We want to thank all of the staff, past and present who have given so much of their time and giftings to make Muppet Central a great place. Every member here is a vital part of what makes Muppet Central special. Thanks for doing your part in keeping Jim Henson’s vision of the Muppets alive. We believe great days are ahead.

    While we’re celebrating 17 years, we are also looking towards the future. Answer the below questions and let us know your predictions for 2015:

    (1) What do you think the future holds for the Muppets especially with the lackluster performance of "Muppets Most Wanted" at the box office last year? On February 17, it will have been 11 years since Disney bought the Muppet characters so they aren't the new property anymore, especially with money makers like Star Wars and Marvel now in the family.

    (2) What would you like to see Sesame Street produce or release in 2015? Sesame Street continues to rebound well with the departures of beloved veterans in Fran Brill in 2014 and Kevin Clash and Jerry Nelson in 2012. With a rare new Sesame Street special ("The Cookie Thief") debuting next month, a new on-line streaming service and lots of DVDs, Sesame Workshop continues to innovate for children's television.

    (3) What are your hopes for new productions from The Jim Henson Company in 2015? Last year's SyFy series "Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge" was fantastic but the show has not been picked up for renewal by SyFy. The new Doozers series is currently only available on Hulu in the US. There are some other exciting Henson projects in development that we are watching closely in the upcoming year.

    Share your opinions in this discussion and let us know what you think will happen with the Muppets in this upcoming year.

    Happy birthday everyone!

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