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Tinseltown News

Discussion in 'Henson Alternative' started by Barry Lee, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    No problem. I was likely a bit irritable that day. Don't really think you meant anything by it. It does irritate me at times that everyone has to be so PC except when it comes to gay people. Even the Seinfeld line, "Not like there's anything wrong with that..." I find offensive. Not in the context of the show, (they made fun of everybody and themselves the most) but when used by someone parroting the comment to justify being snarky.

    The funny thing is - I have lived in DC, New York, San Francisco and I'm from Houston - the greatest amount of actual prejudice I've ever heard has been in this city. Hands down. Guess it's a melting pot of such a wide section of minorities. And people here tend to hate Los Angeles. LOL! Well, I don't. I just prefer to live here with the fog rather than the smog!

    I really do wonder how this show is going to handle the subject matter. The "Rick & Steve" animated show is so outrageous. Funny, yes, but only for a very niche market. It has a bit of the "Just Jack 2000" flavor to it. I wouldn't want anything Henson going quite in that direction. The Muppet characters have always been able to be clever without offending people. I wonder if Henson Alternative will continue this tradition?

    By the way...started a thread about it...then it was relocated and forgotten, so here goes: The new Henson Alternative branding is the same "ha!" logo we grew up with for Henson Associates. Does anyone have feelings about something that nostalgic being used for biting comedy? I'm not sure myself.
  2. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo New Member

    This is a Muppet Newsflash...

    Well, I got an exclusive scoop of Tinseltown - including some cast and crew information plus some other show information - http://muppetnewsflash.blogspot.com/2007/10/tinseltown-show-and-cast-information.html

    In a nutshell: Brain Henson and Bill Barretta are puppeteering the two leads of Samson and Bobby - and the pair is also producing, writing and directing the series! Del Shores is also a producer and writer for the show (Shores is an award-winning producer/writer of many GLBT programs). Plus the series includes the acting talents of Mia Sara, Paul Butcher and Francesco Quinn. Other cast/crew members include Michelan Sisti, Drew Massey, Eric Poticha, Gene Barretta and Jeff Sudakin. Henson plans to release more information on the release of the series "very soon".

    For more information and details, check out the full report here: http://muppetnewsflash.blogspot.com/2007/10/tinseltown-show-and-cast-information.html
  3. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Excellent news. My goodness, we're talking about the first new prime time Muppet show on American television in how long? 11 years?

    This means I'll actually have to plug my satellite cable in, heh

    Were on the verge of a Brian Henson/Bill Baretta starring vehicle, very very cool.

    So...there may be some plus sides to JHC focusing on their own projects outside of the Muppet Show realm.
  4. TheJimHensonHour

    TheJimHensonHour Active Member

    & I'm sure it will be protested by close minded people who like to force their beliefes on others all around. *sigh*
    I pray this show has good lessons or something and isn't stereo typical.
  5. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo New Member

    Tinseltown is on Logo’s schedule... and it will be airing next week!

    The "Tinseltown" pilot is currently set to premiere on Logo on Friday, November 2, 2007 (check your local listings for details).

    And for those without access to Logo on your TV -- starting on Monday, November 5th, viewers will be able to watch the entire "Tinseltown" pilot on Logos’ website AlienBootCamp.com.
  6. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I'm thinking (and hoping) Tinseltown will have the same irreverence the Muppets show everything. Just wondering how biting it will be in this case. I wonder if their writers will drop in a Bert & Ernie joke. Not saying they are...but it's often speculated and could be a humorous reference if handled well. :p :(

    I am perplexed that the Muppet Central website isn't covering this news (except a brief mention in this blurb nearly a year ago). I hope it's just an oversight and more info will come on the main page once the show airs! :zany:
  7. TheJimHensonHour

    TheJimHensonHour Active Member

    Or it could just be their choice of not agreeing with what this show is about I could see it being that it seems allot of the members of the forum are that way.
    I can't wait to watch though I'm really supportive everything new brian is doing because thus far it's been great.
  8. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Yeah, I know (even though it's like a new Muppet show).

    Yeah, I know it's going to be a hard sell for many fans. I've always said among the Muppets biggest enthusiasts are gays and christians. :halo: It's funny how the Muppet gang can bring so many different groups together. For this reason I expect to see something new on the main page once the first episode of Tinseltown launches.

    The reason I chose to contribute here was due to the unique inclusive nature of Muppet Central. That's why I believe this to be a simple oversight. I don't expect Tinseltown to be the banner story, but there should be a link and some sort of article on the main page soon or my wheel is gonna start getting a little squeaky. I mean - it's practically a Muppet show on cable television! There should be more excitement. :flirt:

    I haven't been keen on all of Brian Henson's work, but he is trying and (thankfully) has his own voice. I think Puppet Up is one of several truly great ideas. I hope this will be too. :D
  9. abiraniriba

    abiraniriba New Member

    No cable

    No cable, thanks for the website, frogboy
  10. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Tinseltown will reportedly be available on the web too through the Logo website (not sure how to link to that yet). This demonstrates the need for info about this project on the MC home page. Lucky for me (and others) there's Muppet Newsflash to find this information in time. It could have easily passed me by. :eek:

    :confused: By the way, are you referring to the wijitworld site link at the foot of my post or something else? Hope to have that up soon (portfolio rebranding and some fun stuff etc). :zany:
  11. abiraniriba

    abiraniriba New Member

    Actually I'm not sure

    Just prior to making my post I saw a link for alienbootcamp.com and it looked like it was on your post then when I went in to make my reply it disappeared.
    I went to the muppet wiki and found a similar link and tried it, but got redirected to a broken link for alienbookcamp.com. I don't know what's going on here, maybe because of the broken link the post was deleted
  12. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Yeah, something's up with that link. I've been hearing about that from several people. I hope it's functioning by next week! :eek:
  13. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo New Member

    Get to know Bobby.

    You can listen to an exclusive and in-depth interview with Tinseltown star Bobby Vegan on the latest installment of the Henson.com podcast.


  14. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Active Member

    it looks to be part of the Alienbootcamp @ 10pm on 11-2-07
  15. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I listened to the pod cast on henson.com and i think that this will be well writen and show. I think that Brian and Bill have had way to much free time on there hands though to create something like this, but it should be really funny.
    On the gay issue I am a Christian and i have really been taught that that is a wrong way of life for many years, but this show is not my life. this is a lifestyle that we know have to face in this world, and i don't want to say i totaly agree with it I'm just saying that as for me it is not going to be a majior issue in my Christian walk. I am a happly married man and i know that i will not become gay. so i know that some people are and ya know im not God so i am not going to jugde them.
  16. TheJimHensonHour

    TheJimHensonHour Active Member

    Trust me it's not a lifestyle I've been this way my entire life and I have no clue why they call it being "gay" cause I sure as heck am not happy about it.
    I mean seriously think about it most gay men or prissy idiots or sluts I really don't like being this way and I didn't choose it.
    I've been single for 5 years so yeah it's not an easy way to live at all.
    But it is no means my choice it can be wrong and whatnot but I dont believe that for a minute considering the fact that god doesn't make junk and theres so many of us. Also don't forget to hate the sin and love the sinner.
    Lol watching a show about homos is not going to turn anyone gay oh boy that's just silly to think that might even happen.:p
  17. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Not sure this is the best place for a conversation on the issues surrounding those presented in the show...Probably best if we just stick to production values, and character voicing debates.

    I, for one, am very interested to see this thing if it ever makes its way over here...and I love the character designs.
  18. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    A friendly (on-topic) rant (for lack of a better word)

    I agree. It's not a lifestyle.

    It's a common mistake of language that is made - even by people I admire. Lifestyle implies choice and most in the GLBT community, including myself, don't feel that there is one. My response to the "lifestyle" comments is usually, “Lifestyle? Hey, it's not like on Tuesdays we wear hats! Or at least I didn't get the memo!" And I'm shiny enough to have gotten one!

    My life is creating, working, hanging out with friends and family, stopping by Muppet Central, seeing movies, courting my partner until we make that big commitment and maybe someday start a family. It’s the fact that we are both of the same sex that the term “lifestyle” comes up and it makes very little sense. There are those who go to a lot of parties – gay and heterosexual. It’s usually an aspect of the lives of young people. I believe that’s where the (lifestyle-term) confusion begins. :confused:

    That and the yearly parades that only get coverage of the most extreme participants on the news while most people I know don’t even attend the function. It’s like lumping all religious people with the few that aggressively hand out pamphlets in Union Square. Whether such politicking is right or wrong, the point is that that segment of those particular religious organizations represent a fraction of a fraction and are unfairly considered being the majority.

    Honestly, if I hadn't been exposed to so many good examples of Christianity (as many of my friends have only seen some negative elements) I might just dismiss the whole lot. But I see the value in it. I see what the religion, sprituality and (most importantly) belief does in the lives of its followers. Much of the doctrine and philosopy are not for me, but I will not think less of the people subscribe to them. :)

    But seriously, that terminology, however common, is seen as dismissive and serves to diminish meaningful dialogue on the issue. I find this the perfect place to address the topic. Understanding is a value that everyone should share and it's a very Muppety value as well. I am still upset that there is no link on the main MC site page about this project! If it takes me writing a review for it to see it listed up there, I'll do it. Also, seriously, the main page could do with a little fresh content anyway. :cool:

    Now, bringing this statement into topic - I hope Tinseltown doesn't roll things back into picking a particular fringe element and displaying it as the whole. But it's Muppets. Nothing's sacred. And yes, I am looking to see if the term "lifestyle" is used in Tinseltown.
  19. abiraniriba

    abiraniriba New Member

    It's a matter of opinion

    Actually, I don't really think this is a topic for this forum, but since this is an area in the forum that most parents will probably take measures to restrict their children from going to I will try to tackle it in as tactful a way as possible.

    The question as to whether one is born homosexual or one becomes homosexual as a result of a series of bad choices is now a hot topic of debate. The Bible, however, which is the book that defines our life for folks like Gonzoleaper, Pork and myself, speaks strongly against homosexuality in many places, and, therefore, as far as it is concerned it is a choice one can make or not make and ideally one should choose not to make it.

    The main thing to remember is that even if homosexuality is genetic we must remember that for humans DNA is not necessarily destiny, we can and do make moral choices. For example, it has now been shown that addictions of many kinds are genetically determined, however, with much effort people can choose whether or not to act on these genetically determined urges, and thus a choice is made, and DNA has not lead to an irreversible destiny.

    Also to all my brothers and sisters out there we too must be careful to hate the sin and love the sinner. I know it's not easy, but it is the best way to deal with this topic.
  20. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Why does thread have to become a *Christian* debate?

    This thread of the forum is about a show called "Tinseltown News". Tinseltown is a show that deals with gay characters created by the alternative division of the Jim Henson Company. Neither the show nor the thread is really about the Good Book. :o

    There is a thread about Christianity here where Biblical insights, studies and debates are made. That really is not this thread. My post was mainly in reply to a couple other posts in order to create a dialogue of understanding and common ground than religious preaching of a particular theological substance. Understanding is a central part of the Henson legacy. :)

    He reportedly could have had Christian beliefs but that is not for anyone to say because he never made it an issue and such speculation (for that and other obvious reasons) is not appropriate. His work, again, was always about understanding.

    Now, of course since the show deals with openly gay characters, this is somewhat of a thread about gay issues. What I took away from dwayne's post was the term "lifestyle", an entirely unhelpful term in any meaningful dialogue in my experience 33 years around Christians and 17 years out of the closet. It is that unnecessary word (widely seen as rhetoric) placed into this thread that I objected to. Again, in my experience - One's daily trip to Starbucks is more of a lifestyle than being gay is.

    My response was about terminology, not (so much) about a sociological or DNA rant. I specifically stayed away from any criticism about the whole of Christianity. I do have quite a few opinions on the matter, but chose to leave it alone due to the fact that touching on it in (again) an understanding way was the best course of action.

    I certainly don't mind the debate, but there is a (long-running) place for that sort of thing and it is here: http://forum.muppetcentral.com/showthread.php?t=24812&highlight=church

    This thread should remain about the show, the characters and its portrayal of gay people. However, if the show begins to create reason for a religious debate - well then all bets are off. That's honest, legitimate and fair.

    If this thread, or any other on this program, gets closed down I expect the religious ones to go too. Why is it that members are more respectful about the Christian threads here and not as much with this one that is actually about a Henson program being launched this week? Food for thought.

    I always thought Christains were supposed to use a healthy measure of grace when approaching such issues. That would be very welcome here. :sympathy:

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