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Video: "The Muppets" Official ABC Pitch Reel

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by rowlfy662, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. WalterLinz

    WalterLinz Well-Known Member

    Haha most definitely.;)
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  2. Iscah

    Iscah Well-Known Member

    Yep, I'd say he's in his thirties at least. The Muppet Show has the vibe that the characters have been doing this (mediocrely) for years and years. Also Fozzie's mother seems quite old.
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  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I agree to that. The difference with the Muppets here is that this is their first actual sitcom show, and sitcoms are very much the product of their time and will tend to be more topical. It's painful in animated sitcoms because it takes over a year to get an episode out there. Some Simpsons episodes come back incredibly dated before they even air. Sitcoms are much different than movies and specials, something the Muppets only had in recent years. As a sitcom they can make all these references and one off jokes and it still works a lot better than, say, The Crock Hunter parody (or general Scary Movie 3 before everyone hated them tone of the special) in VMX.

    But I think a fairer comparison is with Sesame Street. The show has always been pop culture heavy and to me there's no difference between singing "Good Morning, Starshine," Grover parodying John Travolta to teach the alphabet, Miami Mice, or having One Direction with that one guy who left before the sketch even aired singing a self parody. SS has always tried hitting parody and celebrity as soon as they're relevant. Even recently, they parodied things that they actually missed the first time via sequels and movie remakes (Indian Jones, The A* Team, even Transformers). And often times the parodies are narrow or shallow. This is natural as it's a TV show with a decades long run.

    Looking at The original Muppet Show, it's not like they were strangers to reference and parody. It was just a lot more subtle back then. They parodied Star Wars when it first came out, and then it became a cultural phenom and they had the actual droids, Wookie, and Mark Hamil. Some of it was dated, but held over okay despite some of the guest stars barely being relevant when they were on the air. Fast Forward to MT and you have a far more pop culture savvy show, and that was a mixed bag. You either got a clever parody like Seinfeld Babies or Co-Dependants Day (which both managed to hold up surprisingly) or...something with the pigs. Lets just leave it at that. From the looks of this new series, seems that it's toned down a bit and polished compared to MT. Definitely less in your face than the 2 made for TV movies. I don't mind the references to Uber and stuff as long as the humor can hold its own. And it looks like that's the case so far.
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  4. Ladywarrior

    Ladywarrior Well-Known Member

    yeah because you know they don't have a home or friends or go shopping or take care of themselves or anything like that. /sarcasm
  5. BlakeConor14

    BlakeConor14 Well-Known Member

    I would like to see constintine in the show
    Pig's Laundry and WalterLinz like this.
  6. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Anyone noticed that when Chip asks if he was in MTI, he's eating chips?
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  7. Ladywarrior

    Ladywarrior Well-Known Member

    ^ what WAS he in by the way?
  8. JimAndFrank

    JimAndFrank Well-Known Member

    Muppets From Space, I believe. Maybe the Jim Henson Hour, I'm not too sure...
  9. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    Chip made his debut in The Jim Henson Hour series.

    He also made appearances in the following....

    - Muppets Tonight

    - Muppets from Space

    - It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

    - The Muppets' Wizard of Oz
  10. Ladywarrior

    Ladywarrior Well-Known Member

    oh i see he was in the muppet films I didn't like.
  11. AlittleMayhem

    AlittleMayhem Well-Known Member

    One of the details I absolutely love in the presentation is the branded coffee cups are ‘Bunsen and Beaker’.

    Now all I can imagine is Bunsen and Beaker making coffee everyday for everyone with their new machine and Beaker memorised what everyone likes and runs about the studio handing them out so what I’m saying is I need a short fic of this!
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  12. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Here's the wonderful Rachael Herrick's thoughts on the pilot:

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  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Regarding Denise, I wish we could have had something at the beginning to establish them as a couple, as opposed to it being pointed out to Kermit later. Kermit casually greets Denise, I wish they would have instead came in to the meeting room together, or exchanged a kiss, or that Denise would have been right beside Kermit when he made his announcement. Or that she would have made some kind of suggestion for the show, or mentioned that she spent her money on some kind of nonsense.

    In fact, for the show, it would be good if she kept giving Kermit ideas for the show, maybe bad ideas that Kermit reluctantly says yes to.
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    DARTH MUPPET Well-Known Member

    so the Show will debut Tuesday September 22nd at 8:00PM eastern time on ABC?

    I totally agree with the Rachael Herrick video! something I would ad to what she said with the letdown at the box office for MMW, which was a shame because it was a great wonderful movie!, could a new Muppet Show make the Muppets more popular and a possible future theatrical release might get better box office numbers?
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2015
  15. Dodo

    Dodo Active Member

    My only concern is that this show is going to focus on personal lives, and personal lives have very small percentages of magic and musical numbers, don't they? I can't imagine muppets without magic and musical numbers.
  16. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

  17. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Just wanna tell everyone, the pilot was taken down. So if anyone has it please post it. Also it's on Comcast on Demand so you can watch it there.
  18. Muppy

    Muppy Well-Known Member

    As much as I wish they kept it uploaded, it kind of makes sense that they would take it down since the first episode of The Muppets was basically "the Pitch: The Extended Edition".
  19. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Not really. The plot is quite different from Pig Girls Don't Cry.
  20. Muppy

    Muppy Well-Known Member

    Well the whole Fozzie subplot is basically taken straight from the pilot (but it's extended). The rest (minus some jokes like the 1 on 1 interview line by Gonzo) is pretty much new material.

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