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New Talk Show: Late Night Buffet

Discussion in 'Henson Alternative' started by TogetherAgain, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    Yeah to us they will be muppets. Legal terms mean nothing to us fans. Unless the Jim Henson Company goes in some crazy direction with their puppets, these too will likely look like and be muppets to us.

    I have to say though that I do not see the story teller and creature shp stuff as being muppets. To me the muppets were the fraggle/sesame/muppet how like characters, even though legally they are separate licenses. But really it's the actual puppet style that makes them muppets more than anything. That and the people behind the scenes.
  2. Fragglemuppet

    Fragglemuppet Well-Known Member

    It sounds interesting, and I hope it is a success!
  3. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    They can still use the name. Look at the Fraggle Rock DVDs (which still say "Jim Henson's Muppets") and Sesame Workshop still uses "Sesame Street Muppets" on almost everything. The Jim Henson Company (and Sesame Workshop) can't apply the term Muppet to any new creations (That's why it wasn't called "Jim Henson's Muppet Improv"), however all the old franchises (Fraggles, Sesame, Bear, Muppet Show, Emmet Otter, Dog City...) that had the Muppet title can still use the term Muppet. Disney does not exclusively own the word. However since "Muppet" is stronly associated with the Kermit and the other "Muppet Show"-family characters, Henson has been using it less and less on their new productions (even before the Disney deal).
  4. Tim

    Tim Well-Known Member

    Magic? Excellent? Classic? Given Henson's recent "track record" are you serious? Put Frank Oz behind the desk and you might have something, otherwise it's going to crash andf burn like everyhting else they've done lately.
  5. TheJimHensonHour

    TheJimHensonHour Well-Known Member

    puppet improve seems to be doing pretty well to me.
    and maybe if the fans would shed a little more postive light in the hensons direction perhaps they would have better things.:)
  6. lowercasegods

    lowercasegods Well-Known Member

    This is a double-edged sword for me. I've been longing to see the Henson company do some strictly adult themed material since the days of the SNL Gorch sketches. But the thing is, I don't see their show succeeding.

    Crank Yankers, Greg the Bunny and Wonder Showzen have all pushed the envelope as far as it can go, and have taken it so far that shock has been supplimented for humor, effectively ruining the medium of modern adult puppetry. So where is there for Brian Henson to take it?

    While I love the mildly bawdy and brash attitude of Gorch, I would hate to see Brian resorting to the shock factor material that these others I've mentioned made their reputations on. But the thing is, sadly, if he wants to make this show stand out, he's going to have to raise the bar to even higher plateaus of lowbrow humor. It seems like a contradiction, but that's what he'd have to do.

    I have no problem seeing the Henson name on a project like this. Ten years ago, it would have been a brilliant idea. But now, it's going to come across as a bandwagon jumper, when the bandwagon has long since left town. Not to mention the whole puppet talk show host thing was already done by Alf, and nobody's going to accuse that show of being a smash hit.

    I truly do want to see Brian's show succeed, and I hope he can do it without resorting to Jimmy Kimmel levels of "humor." It just seems like the odds are stacked against him. Hopefully he's inherited his father's gift of proving the odds wrong and making a success out of the unlikely.
  7. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Well-Known Member

    They can be funny and not be shocking

    unless there is a puppet that comes on and says the "Bush hates Muppets"
  8. cahuenga

    cahuenga Well-Known Member

    Whose performers are working on that project?
  9. JoeyMuppet

    JoeyMuppet Well-Known Member

    The same peformers who do Johnny Fiama & Sal.They're supposed to be the main peformers on the series.
  10. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Well-Known Member


    that would be great if it WAS Sal and Johnny doing the Show
  11. a_Mickey_Muppet

    a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member

    i know that! :attitude:
  12. Tim

    Tim Well-Known Member

    Now I KNOW this is going to die a quick death. Year after year I see Jonny and Sal "improv" with "comic genius" Jerry Lewis on the Telethon in a talk show-like setting, and every year these segments drag on and on with out a single laugh. Lord know Jerry is NO Robin Williams, but every year it's still the same thing-crash and burn, crash and burn.

    Oh, for the days of Jim, Frank and the REAL Johnny-Carson that is.
  13. cdawg

    cdawg New Member

    coming out of the woorwork to say I'm actually going to be in LA next weekend for a totally different event, was looking for something to do Sat night, and now I'm going with my best friend to go see it! I'm looking forward to seeing all of it.
  14. TheJimHensonHour

    TheJimHensonHour Well-Known Member

    hmm well I hope you guys are on the list aka got your tickets for this show...because it's been sold out for some time.
    The things thats not cool is that I'm very torn between this show and going to the sandiago comicon. :(
  15. rurulesunc

    rurulesunc Well-Known Member

    Well if it turns out that anyone who has tickets cant go, please let me know. I am dying to go but the tix were sold out before I even found out about it. So if you want to pass on the tickets to a die-hard fan... I'm here for you. :)
  16. toughrabbit

    toughrabbit Active Member

    This question is for those of you who were at the 8:30 show. Didn't you think that girl Kaitlin Olson was a huge bi-otch? I was apalled at the way she was talking to Peter the waiter and she just seemed really awful and rude and phony in general throughout her whole interview. I wanted to throw things at her.
  17. renegade

    renegade Well-Known Member

    I Agree with you Toughrabbit , she was like ice queen out there , it was awful, and kinda hard to sit thru, and really who is she to be acting that way the cold hearted freak!!!!
  18. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

  19. BradFraggle

    BradFraggle Well-Known Member


    So has this been officially picked-up yet? Will this actually be coming to TBS? Is it a dead pilot? Or is it still in limbo? What's the status of Late Night Buffet? And what are our chances of seeing it (and when)? What's the deal?
  20. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    Current Status

    Here's the latest word from Henson. I received this direct responce earlier today, so it is the most current word on the subject:

    So the show is currently in consideration (not a "yes" from TBS, but not a "no" either)... If you want to see Late Night Buffet get picked up, be sure to let TBS know how you feel by sending your encouragement to tbsinfo@turner.com to help them know how you feel.

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