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Your Thoughts: Muppets on the Nick & Jessica Variety Hour

Discussion in 'Muppet Appearances' started by Phillip, Apr 11, 2004.

  1. Gorgon Heap Active Member

    I don't know, I can't really decide which was worse: the underwhelming musical numbers, or the dumb sketches (and not dumb-funny, just plain dumb).

    Muppet bit was the best part of it, but too short. The show was at least a notch dumber than Sonny & Cher's show. That's really saying something. The sketches sounded like they were written by junior high kids. The musical numbers went on a little long. Also, the duets, namely Jessica's with Jewel and Nick's with Babyface, made them suffer by comparison. Rule #1 of variety shows, never book guests more talented than you. Clearly Nick & Jessica are not as talented as they are pretty, and the husband-and-wife act is the gimmick that will keep them afloat. On their own, they'd sink.

    I do want variety shows to come back. I just want them to be good. It seems like every time someone tries to bring them back, they do it wrong. Revive The Muppet Show, with writers who know how to write for the characters, who know how to write Muppet dialogue and humor, and who can stick with the format of the original.

    "Star light, star bright
    First star I see tonight..."

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  2. Gorgon Heap Active Member

    Emerald, where does the pic in your avatar come from?

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  3. dmx10101 Member

    I want variety shows to come back too. I love the multiple skits in a show. That's why I liked Cedric the Entertainer Presents. It was a good variety show but got cancelled fairly quick.
  4. AndyWan Kenobi Active Member

    Yeah, I'd like to see more true variety shows as well. There's still an Emmy category for them, but it seems like they really have to stretch it--mostly talk shows and SNL. I think this show was intentionally corny and campy--I mean come on, KITT from Knight Rider was on-hand to sing a duet! They really seemed to be playing up the cheese-factor. I just wonder how a variety show with a modern sensibility would do, without just trying to spoof the older '60s and '70s examples...
  5. Beebers New Member

    Or two-shot, if the cleavage is the determining factor lol.

    :D

    Simpson is in the wrong line of work, and whomever told her she could sing should be dealt with.

    Part of the problem with Piggy's look is the eyes, but too, a decision was made awhile back to slim her down, make her more svelte to keep up with the times. She's lost a LOT of weight. It compromises everything about her - the size of her body in proportion to her head is no longer reasonable or visually correct. I think it's a shame - she is a PIG, after all, and yet was made victim of the same skinnifying thinking as supermodels are. It's silly. Here's hoping they go back to the older build styles for Piggy.

    I don't mind a return to silly humor, but a half-hour format is enough. The fatal flaw in this show, other than The Untalented Ms. Simpson, was the writing. The sketches were never developed to their potential. And the singing, well, it's Jessica Simpson. Enough said there.

    :concern:
  6. sarah_yzma Active Member

    I noticed Miss Piggy....I saw her and went 'woah, what happened' so I went over to our TV and thought our setttings could be messed up...but I was wrong.

    The special itself was corny and kind of stupid, but you know what? It wasn't crude, and that in itself made me keep watching it. The Mickey Mouse club thing did make me actually laugh once (I think it was little Christina with her shirt tied up!)
  7. Fozzie Bear Moderator

    Here's where they go out, drag Juhl out of retirement, and have him TEACH new writers WHO The Muppets are and WHERE the humor comes from. After all, he practically created the Muppets through scripts and would know better than anybody else.

    Except maybe some of us! LOL!
  8. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It didn't get cancelled because of it's really stupid overpolitical correctness. The series was doing absolutely wonderful in the ratings, but (here's where it gets downright stupid...) because the audience was mostly African American, and not more "Diverse" they canned it right away.

    cedric's Variety show was just brilliant, and it really deserved to be on a full season at least, but because of that rediculous screw up, the show is history...
    :boo: :sleep:
  9. dmx10101 Member

    That sucks, I didn't know that. I'm whiite and I watched it jeez. Sometimes I just hate Fox for the boneheaded moves they make. They should of atleast brought the first season on DVD.
  10. Emerald New Member

    From my collection at home. I don't remember where I got it. A random search for Muppet pictures, probably.
  11. Phillip Administrator

    Just heard today that there will be another "Nick and Jessica Variety Hour" around Christmas time. Will be interesting to see if the Muppets will be on it or if they will have all new guests.
  12. Fozzie Bear Moderator

    It's from online, but was part of a Jim Henson travelling exhibit. I remember seeing it on a website somewhere.

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