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Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Air Date

Discussion in 'Muppet Appearances' started by Stulz, Nov 10, 2002.

  1. Stulz

    Stulz Well-Known Member

    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 don't know if they will have a phone # at the end of the movie to purchase it or not, but it WILL be avialible.
  2. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Eeeeeeeek! THat's a Friday nigth - not even in December. It was just reported that it would be December 9th. Hmmmm. Maybe it will have multiple broadcasts. I'm just glad we'll get it on DVD! Now we will really see if the extra scenes were only cut for time. I hope they're included!
  3. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    If that is the single broadcast date that is a heck of a bad one - but it makes sense to tie in with the Macys parade and other promotions and i guess they can sell the DVD through December. It just doesn't do much for the Muppets TV profile and thats what they needed to get out of this. I would hope it gets a repeat very close to Christmas - it's not what i would have liked for them though. With retro in there should have been a big build up for the Muppets coming to NBC with a big family christmas movie (like in the 80's) and it should have aired very close to, if not christmas day with promos and guest spots right upto the date. I guess there might be some NBC/Fox stuff going on here. One thing to note is we are hearing a few different dates right now - schedules are not finalised for xmas yet, they always jump about quite a bit in the next few weeks.
  4. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Why do the Muppets keep getting stuck on Fridays? That's where the networks tend to push their undesirable programming. I tell Many 20-30 year old long time fans are usually out getting their groove on. I am convinced it had something to do with the cancelation of Muppets Tonight.
  5. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    One potential factor NBC might have considered in deciding to air the movie so early is that the 29th is the tail-end of November sweeps. Granted, the big sweeps shows usually air earlier in the month, but I believe an airing on the 29th i still measured by AC Neilson as part of sweeps month.

    Also, a very good reason to put a Muppet Christmas Movie on Fridays is that (when properly promoted), Fridays can be a goldmine for family audiences (look what ABC did with Friday nights in 90s). Remember is that whether we like it or not, it's doubtful NBC intended the primary audience for "Muppet Xmas" to be 20 - 30 year olds. :(
  6. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Yeah, but ABC booted Muppets Tonight from it's Friday line-up so that comparison is kind of strange, but I get what you're saying. Also, I know most networks consider Muppets kid fare, my comment was that they shouldn't. I find it a grave mistake. Many of my friends would have switched on Muppets Tonight during its run, but never knew it was on because they were never home on Friday night.
  7. kansasteen14

    kansasteen14 Well-Known Member

    I am going to be gone this day now what I do? oh well I will be at DL and wont even think about it.
  8. murgatoad

    murgatoad Well-Known Member

    Fridays are a lousy timeslot for TV shows. Too bad. Maybe NBC viewed the movie, didn't think much of it and so it's being dumped where it can't do any harm...
  9. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    I'm yet to hear the official word on this - i have a feeling it'll get moved around a bit until we get a final date. Friday nights are terrible for the Muppets not just because of nostalgic 20-30's being out but i can't imagine them getting a big kid audience either - i think Sunday early evening (what we in the biz call 'shoulder peak') would have been better for them.
  10. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I completely agree. NBC has that somewhat sappy nostalgic show American Dreams on Sunday nights. I can see that audience crossing over to watch the special.
  11. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    Well December 8th , but you were close:)

    wow this is weird, i would think it would air more then once. where did Stulz get the news?

    darn't, i'll be in in the windy city from Nov 27 till Dec 1 for thanksgivng,i'll have to ask my grandparents to tape it along with the macy's parade.
    i doubt i'll be able to watch it because my family and I are staying at my stepdad's brother's house, who i've only met about 6 for 7 times in my life,out of the three years my mom has been married. So it's going to be a kinda diffrent thanksgiving, not a bad one, but i won't be with my grandparents, uncles, ants and cosins yet along my older brother isn't even going.

    i hope we can find an offical date soon!
  12. LadyHyde

    LadyHyde Well-Known Member

    I went to the NBC website, but there's no mention of it in Movies and Specials.
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Well, if Muppets were on in the time slot of American Dreams, it would be quashed in the ratings, because it would be opposite Higher Rated Fox Shows like The Simpsons or Malcom in the middle. Plus ABC's Disney show might be a contender.

    On Fridays, sure a lot of people are out, but the only thing on TV is America's Funniest home Vidoes. I doubt much competition there.

    Besides, it is not unlike networks to have Christmas Programming the day after Thanksgiving.

    I will tape it, but I will buy the Video or DVD (incase I get one) just incase...
  14. smcguire

    smcguire Well-Known Member

    I agree that Friday Nov. 29 seems like a pretty poor time for the movie air.

    One thing the Muppet movie will be competing with will be the new made-for-TV movie "The Brady Bunch in the White House" (where Mr. Brady accidentally becomes President), which will be airing on FOX on Nov. 29.

    Make of that what you will...

    --Scott McGuire / smcguire@mit.edu
  15. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    My god, what is the world coming to - now i know why Saddam Hussein has been hunking down in his bunker cut off from the world at nights - a Brady Bunch movie ? Geesh - you guys really need my creative skills over there. It seems your needs are greater than the British viewing public who brought you such classics as 'American Idol' ! :rolleyes:
  16. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    That's dispicable.....

    Zack)Rowlf the, where's tiger? Dog.
  17. Thog

    Thog Well-Known Member

    I really liked the first two Brady Bunch movies. But I think I'd rather watch IAVMMCM insted.
  18. smcguire

    smcguire Well-Known Member

    I thought the first two Brady Bunch movies were pretty funny, too, although this one sounds kind of questionable (although at least some of the same cast is returning for it). Details for the curious can be found at:


    Anyway, I plan to give the Muppet movie higher priority and TiVo it, and relegate the Brady Bunch movie to the VCR. :)

  19. Chilly Down

    Chilly Down Well-Known Member

    Aargh! The Brady movie has been delayed for well over a year. I've been waiting forever to see it. Oh, well -- between the Muppets and the Bradys, the Muppets win. No contest!
  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.

    The official title is also "A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie", not the original title of "It's a Wonderful Muppet Christmas Movie".

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