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New Muppet Pilot in Development by Randall Einhorn (The Office, Modern Family) for ABC

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Phillip, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    Where does it say/show that?
     
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  2. Iscah

    Iscah Active Member

    I'm also not sure where you got "rebuilding the set" from. They just showed the old opening footage.
     
  3. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    You misread the headline. "Muppets SET," as in prepared, not the actual set.
     
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  4. cahuenga

    cahuenga Active Member

    I would love to see the muppets in the Muppet show set again, I loved the muppets tonight set too, but I doubt they rebuit again for any new production..
     
  5. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    Interesting that ABC News is reporting on it, which makes this project sound more likely.
     
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  6. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    When a company buys a franchise, they often prefer to bring in their own people, mainly just to justify their purchase and make it seem like they're putting their own stamp on things.
     
  7. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    People were asking if a Vaudeville format would work in 1976. It's not the format you choose, it's how well you pull it off.
     
  8. Muppetboy09

    Muppetboy09 Well-Known Member

    Man, when I saw that post, I got pumped, and when I read the actual headline...let's just say I was a little disappointed...
     
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  9. MuppetMan28

    MuppetMan28 Member

    O my goodness, I am so so sorry guys that I didn't read it good. I am from Europe so my English is not very good:o
     
  10. WalterLinz

    WalterLinz Well-Known Member

    Oh no that's okay!! I still got pretty excited after I watched the video.:)
     
  11. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    It is probably safe to say that this is getting massive publicity, I was going to tell my moderate muppet fan friend about it, and he already heard it on the radio, I mean did any of the other failed reboots get this much publicity, not really likely.
     
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  12. BlakeConor14

    BlakeConor14 Well-Known Member

    I'd love to see a format just like the muppets show
     
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Indeed. But my issue is this.

    The Muppet Show had a Vaudeville format, sure. But the drive behind that was it was a 1970's variety show. Coming out just when the format was slowly dying, I might add. On the one hand, I don't think they could get the exact format to work today, but on the other hand, they made it work then. Variety shows were pretty hit or miss and all, but The Muppet Show managed to embrace and deconstruct it at the same time.

    Personally, I'd love to see something more sitcomy with the show being a backdrop. Sort of like what they did with the good MT episodes at the end of the last season, or even what happened in The Muppet Show Comic Book. I'd love to see more backstage storylines and less fawning over guest stars in this new series.
     
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  14. BlakeConor14

    BlakeConor14 Well-Known Member

    I like to see stuff out of the studio or theatre
     
  15. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    I agree with you completely. This new show should be more of its own thing, rather than trying to capture the lightning in a bottle of The Muppet Show.

    I could even see Statler & Waldorf being in the live studio audience during taping, heckling the actors in between commercial breaks. Works better for me than having them do it from a distance in a retirement home.
     
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  16. BlakeConor14

    BlakeConor14 Well-Known Member

    I'd like to see lew, link, strangepork and Marvin suggs in bigger roles and push Walter into a supporting role
     
  17. cjd874

    cjd874 Well-Known Member

    I could see Link Hogthrob and Dr. Strangepork in bigger roles. Not so much Marvin Suggs, though…he was, is, and always has been a one-note character. I'm kind of on the fence about Lew Zealand, too. He's also a one-note character, obsessed with boomerang fish, but he was used quite a bit in the heyday of the Muppet Show, unlike Marvin. Lew Zealand was one of Jerry's most frequently seen Muppets, along with Robin and Dr. Strangepork, but not nearly as much as Floyd Pepper.

    This brings up another question for everyone: which characters would work the best in this new Muppet Show reboot? Who would have bigger roles, and who would be seen less often? Personally, I'd love to see more of the Electric Mayhem (aside from Animal), Sam the Eagle, Rowlf, and Scooter.
     
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  18. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    "I'm going to go back there someday". Probably the biggest news in many years. Everyone knows we're in the golden age of television, particularly for tv serial dramas. More and more A-list actors want to switch to tv.

    Before anyone makes jokes about this being yet another unseen pilot like the 2002 Fox Muppet show or 2006 Muppet reality mockumentary...it's a whole new world since that time. A lot is riding on this. Since 2006 we've seen how Bill Prady's Big Bang Theory has become the biggest comedy on tv. We've seen how ABC revolutionized tv by combining real funny with family. I havent laughed so hard in my life at a tv show as I have with Modern Family and The Goldbergs.

    Even in 2010 when people were debating the Muppet movie 2011 film coming out, some were saying it is television, and has always been television where the Muppets shine and will be seen by the most. And given this is on a free tv network(ABC) there's no bounds. But it all comes down to writing...and making an obviously hokey antiquated format as a "variety show" somehow seem relevant(or, surrealistically meta un-relevant) in the modern era.
    In other words, I have high confidence for this and feel this may finally be the big turning point.
     
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  19. BlakeConor14

    BlakeConor14 Well-Known Member

    I can see pigs in space and vets hospital back in action and maybe something with Bobo and deadly
     
  20. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry, the golden age of television is looong gone. The reason why so many A-list movie stars are switching to TV is because they've got bills to pay, so taking on steady TV jobs is going to keep those bills paid as opposed to dwindling movie roles; you have to admit, Uma Thurman, Billy Crystal, Maria Bello, and others aren't exactly in their prime anymore.
     

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