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Muppet reality pilot taped last summer

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Vic Romano, Jan 20, 2005.

  1. Rowlf's Roadie

    Rowlf's Roadie New Member

    This reality show sounds like a good idea.
    Paula-Kermit
    Randy-Gonzo
    Simon-Piggy
    Oh boy...
     
  2. FISH'N'WOLFE

    FISH'N'WOLFE New Member

    I hope to see some originality, not reality, from the Muppets.
     
  3. christyb

    christyb New Member

    I agree with that. But is it my hatred for reality tv in general make me not like this idea???
     
  4. FISH'N'WOLFE

    FISH'N'WOLFE New Member

    Quite possibly. I have an open mind about things, however I really don't see this reality idea working well at all. The Muppets really need some original well written material as of right now, the people in charge are too busy thinking that they have to make them "edgy" and "hip", when the fact is all they need is some good writers and new original ideas/projects.
     
  5. christyb

    christyb New Member

    Whatever happened to Jerry Juhl? Did he retire??
     
  6. FISH'N'WOLFE

    FISH'N'WOLFE New Member

    Yes, sadly. I believe the last Muppet project he was involved in was co-writing MTI, perhaps MFS was his last, but I believe it was MTI.
     
  7. christyb

    christyb New Member

    No wonder. I suspected it but never heard anything. It's understandable that he'd want to. Since he's been at it forever. *sigh* Now they need to find another brilliant writer. Now that I think back I can see quality and character changes from MTI to the present movie.
     
  8. FISH'N'WOLFE

    FISH'N'WOLFE New Member

    Yeah, it's quite a noticeable change.
     
  9. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    WHAT THE HECK? Random people puppeteering the Muppets? Oh I dont think so.
    Does anyone else find this high sacrilege? Geez...if only we had the muscle of the Farscape fan fervor, peopel could voice their disapproval of the assanine directions Disney may be taking. ugh. At least the Muppet Oz thing was in play before the Disney takeover, so I cant blame them for that one. But still...this is just not good.
     
  10. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Active Member

    Now I'm not saying this is gonna' work, but here's where I think this is a better idea then the Muppet Wizard of Oz.
     
  11. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo New Member

    It never said they would be puppeteering the Muppets.

    "The reported plot is that the Classic Muppet characters (not the Henson performers) would be auditioning new puppeteers, potentially in an American Idol format. Characters like Kermit, Miss Piggy and Gonzo would be the judges auditioning new puppeteers."

    I think random puppeteers and their puppet acts are performing for the Muppet judges who comment on them; some as "good" (entertaining, inventive, creative, and funny), and some are crazy or "freak shows" (just like American Idol). Then the Muppets would give someone there "big break" into the puppet industry with a bg prize of some sort (like there own tv-special or $1000000 - or nothing but a pat on the back). American Idol is judged by music stars Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul; but the singers trying out are not auditioning to join their musical act. The are just judges. I don't think this is "Joe Muppeteer: The Search for the Next Muppet performer". I think this is more "The Muppets Judge Other Puppeteers". don't think Kermit, Rwolf, Gonzo, Piggy, or Scooter would just be handed to random people to perform on camera - cause then this production would breaks Disney's unwritten rule of exposing the characters are puppets/not real. Also remeber this is just a pilot - there is a reason we have not seen it or heard much about it "officially" yet; cause it may never air or be released, and it was a fluke.

    Just remember the deal also includes production and consulting agreements under which The Jim Henson Company develops and creates potential new programming featuring the Muppets. Right now the Henson Company is still working with the Muppets, and if they were very opposed to this I think we would have heard them (and the Muppeteers) making a big stink about it last summer- there has been no headlines like "Brian Henson and other Muppeteers Erupt at the Mouse - Performers Not Happy with Disney's New Program Idea" - so I think they're ok with the concept.
     
  12. christyb

    christyb New Member

    Yeah but reality tv?? Come on. Isn't there enough of it already? How about a show starring the Muppets? Although I do like you headline GelfingWaldo. I can just picture it on the paper now...
     
  13. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Active Member

    Hey hey hey, what happened to give it a chance? :)
     
  14. christyb

    christyb New Member

    Out the window. LoL. Ok. I will. If it's good reality. Although can't you picture Dave Goelz and Steve Whitmire strangling Mickey? It makes a funny picture in my head.
     
  15. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    What happenned to giving reality TV a chance? The better question would be what happened to classic TV? Reality TV has been given far too many chances in my view, each new idea they come up is just more and more utter crappola. Though I'd watch a pilot episode of anything with Muppet appearances, heck got snuckered into watching that awful Newlyweds Show that way, I have a bad taste in my TV viewer mouth from all this reality TV stuff.

    Doesn't anyone remember that TV was invented to escape from the boring duldrums of reality? And now every show has to have cameras following all the people capturing their every move. Behind the Scenes stuff is OK, but when it's all reality you know that TV's going down the tubes.
    Sorry for the rant, just hope the Muppets get a good revival show sometime soon, what with the Disney muscle behind it. Heck, if they come up with a good decent show, it could revive both the Muppets and the Disney Channel at the same time.
     
  16. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Active Member

    The give it a chance thing is something christyb said to me about the Wizard of Oz, so I was just messin' with her. As for this, it is our beloved Muppets, and while (lately) I'm not liking much of what they do, I will give them the benefit of the doubt. Innocent until proven guilty, y'know?
    As for that Nick and Jessica thing... I ended up in the hospital for that one. Who'd ever think that such a gorgeous hottie like Jessica would make me go blind... AH! It still hurts!

    BTW Count, big congrats on the 3000th post!
     
  17. christyb

    christyb New Member

    And I do give people ample opportunity to pick on me with my big mouth.
     
  18. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo New Member

    Remember this is most likly a one-shot special, not a new series, we're talking about here. Using a special like this could open the Muppets to the reality-TV. pop-culture, fad-following audiance who would be interested in this and they'll "fall-in" love with or rediscover the characters, thus building up the fan base for future (non-reality) project. Plus it could be a fun and funny little production allow the muppets to "poke-fun" at reality TV and have fun with the concept. I don't think this will become a new series that is bigger than the Muppet Show - I think it is just a fun little one-shot special. Its already be filmed, its been done, it is not preventing the Muppets from doing something else now, it is in the past. I'm not a fan of reality TV, but I don't think this will ruin the Muppets.
     
  19. christyb

    christyb New Member

    You know. When you think about it there are a lot of potential gags in this show.
     
  20. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Active Member

    At the confessionals:

    Kermit - So we're trying to set up the cable, and we get a lot of static followed by a brief few seconds of the Food Network, and Animal goes nuts, and starts yelling: Rachael Ray! Rachael Ray! So we get a little scared because he hasn't eaten in a few hours so we start rushing to get the TV fixed and everyone thinks they know what they're doing until finally Gonzo hops on the television wearing a suit he's made completely out of tin foil and suddenly we have cable, but it didn't matter because our talking vegetables were eaten up by Animal so Bunsen thought that was a good time to use his new insta-shrink pills on Beaker so he could manipulate his way through Animal's belly button to make sure the tomatoe was okay because he's clostraphobic.
    It may seem odd to you, but it was really just an ordinary day for us.
    Sam - They are ALL weirdos!
     

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