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Muppets in Ladies Home Journal mentions Dec 8th for the Muppet christmas movie to air

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Zack the Dog, Nov 9, 2002.

  1. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    GUYS! guess what?!!?! NO! I don't read Ladies Home Journal magazine...but my mom does! and she just informed me about an artical in LHJ with an interview with kermit and piggy, it is bran new so you should still be able to buy it.

    i'll type the aritcal, it's not...too long...but at least i won't miss spell words! Typo's don"t count!

    Merry, Merry Muppets
    Chewing the fat with Miss Piggy and Kermit

    They"ve taken Manhattan, solved a great caper and journeyed to space. Now ,as the TV hit that started it all---The Muppet Show---turns 25, Kermit and company return to television in NBC's It's a Very Muppet Christmas Movie (DECEMBER 8!!!!!). and Kermit is about to be honored with his very own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. All this comes as a new prime-time show is being developed with Fox. We caught up with America's favorite amphiban and his porcine pal Miss Piggy for thier take on all the lastest Muppet mania.

    LHJ: What mae you decide to do a made-for-TV movie?

    Kermit: We've done TV specials , but we've never done a TV movie. So it's a whole new thing.

    Piggy: We owed it to our fans. I adore doing motion pictures, but many more lucky people get to see moi when I'm on television.

    LHJ: Did you encounter any difficulties while you wew filming?

    Piggy: Just the usual intrigue that always happens on Hollywood productions. Vous know, " Who gets to be in a scene with moi? How long should the camera linger on moi's profile?"

    Kermit: Well, we shot this one in Vancouver. It's not easy taking livestock across the border.

    LHJ: How do you feel about the prospect of a new prime-time show next year?

    kermit: It makes sense. We're frogs, pigs, and bears and they're Fox.

    Piggy: We're going for all the charm of the original but with a hot, cotemporary feel. In other words, we're building the show around moi.

    LHJ: Kermit, congratulations on your Walk of Fame star. Any responsibilities that come with that?

    Kermit: You stand on a sidewalk and people take your picture.

    LHJ: Piggy, are you jealous?

    Piggy: Moi could never be jealous of dear Kermie. It's a sweet token of appreciation. As for moi, I'm holding out for a shrine.

    LJH: Piggy, all these years in show business and you don't look a day older. What's your secret?

    Piggy: Thanks vous. Moi's biggest beauty secret is this: When you start out perfect, don't change a thing.

    Jennifer Hoppe (i guess she's the journalist)

    Phew!~ OK i'm done! there are fully body photo's of kermit and piggy, the one''s show on the Nascar site.

    So is Decmeber 8th the day!!?! it's on a Sunday then, and that sound about right for it. Wow and it's not too far away!!

    oh, i think this artical needs a few corrections, the muppets never went up in space,and oh Miss Piggy, don't lie you have changed A LOT!;-)

    lots of good news, i think this show is in more production now then we have thought.

    My Mom really read the whole artical before she showed it to me, it's funny because after i read it i said thanks Momand she said yeah, it's funny isn't it?" I was like "What? you read it? and she said yeah, so they are getting a new show then? and i said... SURE!

    Zack) Rowlf the, don't thank me for posting that my Maa'ma;-)Dog.
  2. King Prawn

    King Prawn Well-Known Member

    December 8th!!!!!! that's great... wait I live in the UK, well atleast all you lucky Americans can tell us what happened and the quicker they get it out on TV, the quicker we'll probably get it on DVD, if we get it.

    By the way thanks for posting Zack and thank your mom (with an o not a u, how almost american am I) for letting you know, so that you could let us know.
  3. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    No problem for posting, I forget sometimes that you don't have the same TV station in the UK or anywhere else in the world, I would think it would air at another date sometime in the UK, I also sometime forget that the whole world doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving, as each part of the world has their own holidays, so it's not like you can turn on CBS and see the Macy's thanksgiving Day parade.

    Zack) Rowlf the, oh and one last correction... Kermit's the worlds favorite amphiban, noy just america's, miss Jennifer Hoppe Ladies Home Journal lady-type person!, Dog.
  4. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    December 8th is actually a really awful spot for a christmas TV movie, especially on NBC - i really hope it's more like 19-25th December, thats when the viewing audience is largest and the ad money is big. I guess it's probably 8th though - i thought being such a big promo advert for all the NBC stars and the amount of money they've spent on it they would have given it better billing.

    As for the UK, last i heard it was being mentioned quite a bit in the press here and would probably air sometime. Dunno if anyone has any more info on this ?
  5. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I wonder...........

    I know NBC's line up is pretty full with hit shows. ABC wouldn't have trouble kicking around some of it's programs, but that boat has sailed.

    I don't think the date is too bad, but i did find it weird. I am wondering if they are trying to market the DVD as a Christmas gift. That would make sense! And it would be a good idea. NBC does that with most of their TV movies.
  6. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Yeah 'really awful' was probably an overstatement but if i was the producer and i spent ages in Vancouver doing a christmas movie for a huge network AND having the added inconvienience of having to add in a load of NBC talent 'just because' i wouldn't be all that happy with the time slot - unless as you say they plan to use the airing as a promotional spot to sell the DVD or if they repeat it again closer to Christmas. It seemed like they'd been building it up to be something bigger and i expected something actually christmassy, family AND a showcase for the channels talent to be Christmas week matierial or somewhere close. If it airs here it'll likely get a better slot in the schedule.

    Just what do you guys have on TV during Christmas Day anyway ? Surely not more Friends & Fraiser ? We all sit down together at the dinner table here to eat and watch the Queen b*tch about what a crappy year she's had, then it's onto the latest chart acts (usually some rap group) get down with their homies on a music show, then some boring guy flys across the world to give presents to needy kids (wonder where they got that idea from ? Ho Ho Ho) and we usually finish up with someone dying or getting shot in a soap. It's such a happy merry time of the year in little ol' England !
  7. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    Well not that i know a whole lot on the subject, what the heck am i talking about i don't know anything! but we are still not 100% sure this is the date...i mean if a date was set i wouldn't think there would be a whole lot of changing and i don't think henson or the mag have an incorrect date this soon, so it mostlikey is the date. I'm sure that on Thanksgiving the date will be said at the Macy's Parade if not sooner weither it's the 8th or not.

    I would hope it would air more then once, i don't know, you think a DVD/Video would come out this soon? i mean wouldn't there be pre sale orders for the video/dvd now on web sites? one month doesn't give a whole lot of time for chirstmas with everything so busy,it wouldn't even really be a month. In my mind i don't think we will see it on DVD anytime soon.

    Zack)Rowlf the, hope my minds wrong,Dog.
  8. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Most every NBC movie (and that's really what this is) has had the TV offer to buy the tape and DVD at the end of the program. I think it's likely - I hope it happens, but there is also a chance it won't. Crossed fingers!!!!!

    Oh, rushed delivery (like most of such offers use) is qute fast.:)
  9. LadyHyde

    LadyHyde Well-Known Member

    Our Christmas Telly in the US is mostly-

    Lots of Christmas Specials, Movies and the Disney World Parade. I have heard about a guy in the UK that literally celebrates Christmas every day and watches the Queen's address on video EVERY DAY.

    Personally, I'd go crazy if I did that.
  10. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    We had that Disney parade one year - i guess they thought the excitement of having something decent on TV for a year might lead to public disturbance the next so we never saw it again. I also interviewed that guy who celebrates christmas every day, i thought he was a bit of a shyster - he also claimed that the naked body of a young female ghost used to jump on the bonnet of his car everyday on the way home from work !
  11. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    Well, we can throw this information in the garbage...and i was all exicited that i thought my mother found the date for this movie to air...;-)oh well.

    Zack)Rowlf the, I don't have time for one of my endding's now, ask the magic 8 ball later...Dog.
  12. Chilly Down

    Chilly Down Well-Known Member

    Zack, thanks very much for finding this info out! I see no reason to believe why Dec. 8 isn't the official date if it's printed in the magazine. Sometimes these things do change at the last minute, but if it was the date given to the magazine, it was the date NBC intends to show it. And as you noted, we should hear it from NBC themselves during Kermit's balloon at the Macy's parade. They always use that opportunity to plug the project of whatever float/balloon is going by...and what better thing for them to plug than the upcoming movie on the same network?

    As for the date being "bad," I wouldn't worry, Luke et al. Over here in the States, the entire month of December is FILLED with Christmas programming. (In fact, it usually starts on Thanksgiving!) This is for two reasons: first, there's too much programming to pack into just that last week, and second, the big "event" programming usually isn't super-close to the actual date since most people are on vacation then (thus, lower TV viewership overall). So this isn't unusual or a bad sign. In fact, Dec. 8 sounds just right to me: people are in a Christmasy, present-buying mode, but they haven't been oversaturated with Christmas movies and specials at this point.

    On a related note, to answer your other question, Luke: Christmas Day programming usually isn't all that hot over here either. People tend to be celebrating and not watching TV, so numbers are pretty low. So most stations just show sitcom reruns and stuff like that. There are a few exceptions -- TNT inexplicably shows "A Christmas Story" over and over again for 24 hours -- but for the most part, the main Christmas programming happens before the date.

    It was also great to read that the Fox show is still in development at this point. It had been so long since we heard anything, I had almost given up hope. Hey, if they're looking for writers, I know someone who just moved out to this area...! ;-)
  13. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    Thanks CD, I hope this is on the 8th, if you have not read yet Stulz posted that
    "A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie will Air on Nov. 29th @ 8pm on NBC. The TV Movie WILL be avialible on DVD and VHS. "

    i would rather it be the 8th because i'll be out of town, i don't doubt him because he has posted reliable info before, but i hope it's the 8th.

    your right, not many people who celebrate Christmas watch tv that day, or not much of it.

    Zack)Rowlf the, watching The Christmas Story 3 time's a day is always fun;-)Dog.
  14. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Sure they don't always put the biggest programming on xmas day but at least they ususally wait until mid-December. Either 8th or 29th are far too early for a project of this kind but i guess it will sell some DVD's. I doubt the dudes at Henson would have picked either of these dates !
  15. Chilly Down

    Chilly Down Well-Known Member

    Ah, so that's what you meant by being wrong. It seemed an odd jump in this thread! ;-) Where did Stulz get his information? (I don't mean to doubt him; I just want to clear up the confusion. One of these reports must be wrong.)

    If it is the 29th (day after Thanksgiving), that may not be bad. Sunday is the highest-rated night of the week, and the 8th is a Sunday. Friday is, I believe, the lowest-rated night of the week. However, they'd be going head-to-head with Disney's Sunday night offering on ABC, so maybe Friday is better for them. *shrug* We'll see.

    Wonder if Nov. 29 is still technically considered part of the November sweeps?

    I was planning to record this on video, SP setting. But if it's available on DVD, I may just have to buy it anyway!
  16. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    LOL, yeah i did just throw it in meaning it from the other thread. I guess because it seem the info had changed and more people were interested in the other thread i'd just junk this one.:(

    oh well, Stulz hasn't said where he got the info from, but i have read other posts from him saying that he can't give the soure where he got the info. i hope he can check to make sure and maybe this will air more then once, so we have yet to see.
  17. Chilly Down

    Chilly Down Well-Known Member

    What thread is this in? I've looked around under Headlines but I can't find it. EDITED: Never mind, I just found it (under TV Appearances). I still wish we could get official word, one way or another. Does anyone have a cable guide? Those tend to list programs for the MONTH, as opposed to just the week. (The accuracy of those can't be entirely trusted either, though.)

    (Don't you love it when others are on the message board at the same time? Feels like instant messaging!)
  18. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    Here's your like instant message!!!

    LOL! I'm glad you found the link, i just E-mailed LHJ to see what info i can get out of them just incase.

    Zack)Rowlf the, "just incase" Dog.
  19. petrieboy

    petrieboy Well-Known Member

    Has anyone called NBC to ask if they will have a DVD available for order at the end of the movie?
  20. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Just wanted to confirm that the Christmas movie is indeed airing on Friday November 29th. The December 8th date was in place when the Ladies Home Journal went to press, but it's recently been changed to Friday November 29th according to some folks at Henson.

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