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TMS Season One Production

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by David French, Feb 18, 2015.

  1. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    British TV Historian Andrew Pixley recently came across some paperwork for the Muppet Show while doing some research for 1970's British TV and has posted the following on a non-Muppet forum...

    * There are no studio bookings for the Harvey Korman show; this seems to have been taped in part with the Ruth Buzzi edition.
    * There's a cancelled studio session on Saturday 15 May.
    * There is a week off from recordings between the end of the Charles Aznavour show on 2 July and the start of the Lena Horne show on 13 July.
    * There is a gap in recordings between the end of the Candy Bergen show on 11 August and the start of the Avery Schreiber show on 28 September.
    * Following the end of recording on the Valerie Harper show on 28 October there was a recording on 2 November for an unspecified show, then some pre-recordings for the Ethel Merman show on 9 November before recording on the Twiggy show from 10 November.
    * The final recording of 23-24 November is booked for both the Kaye Ballard and Mummenschanz editions on both days.

    So how do we interpret this with the production schedule reprinted in "Imagination Illustrated" and available online - http://www.henson.com/jimsredbook/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/MS_11316_Season1GuestStarChart.jpg


    The production schedule indicates that Harvey Korman taped his scenes on May 27, 1976. The gap between the Aznavour and Horne episodes is probably when the remainder of the Korman episode was taped and not a week off; there was usually a five to six day gap between the recording of episodes so my guess is that the rest of the Korman episode was taped week of July 7, 1976.

    The episode taped on November 2 was probably the remounted Connie Stevens pilot. The lighting used for some scenes is right for the period and IIRC, the same partners in "At the Dance" for both episodes.

    The pre-recording on November 9 may have been for the shadow puppetry of Richard Bradshaw.

    As for the final recording dates, we know that the Mummenschanz taped their scenes on November 24 - http://www.henson.com/jimsredbook/2012/11/11241976/ - however there is nothing to indicate that this ends the season like there are for future seasons.
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I thought that the Mummenshaz episode was tapped much earlier. It feels more like an "early first season show", and has The Newsman without his glasses (though they could have tapped that part at an earlier date -- there was probably a day where they recorded multiple News segments for the season -- and put it in that episode).

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