Muppets Returning to TV

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For too long and no good reason, the Muppets have been banished from TV. Sure, there was the horrible Disney Channel Teen Stars experiment, but we’re trying to forget that in the hopes our patience will one day be rewarded. It’s too soon to say that time has come, but at least we get new Muppet shorts, or as Disney calls them “Muppet Moments.”

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and other beloved Muppets star in Disney Junior’s “Muppet Moments,” a new short-form series of amusing conversations between Muppets and young kids about everyday topics including “apologies,” “favorite foods” and “manners.” The series will debut on Disney Channel with four shorts premiering Friday, April 3 (8:25 a.m., 8:55 a.m., 9:25 a.m. and 9:55 a.m., ET/PT) and a new short airing daily through Friday, May 8. New shorts will continue to rollout throughout 2015.

Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide said, “The Muppets have been a part of nearly every family’s life and we are delighted to bring back fond memories of these iconic characters for parents and create new ones for the youngest members of the family. ‘Muppet Moments’ highlight the Muppets doing what they do best — making kids and families laugh, while showcasing compassion and heart. Our hope is that viewers will come away seeing how funny and special the Muppets really are.”

I like that plan. Introduce the Muppets to a new generation so we all can get to see more of them.

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Kermit the Frog added, “In show business, they say never work with kids or animals. Well, on ‘Muppet Moments’ we break both those rules and a lot more – and the results are fun, silly, and even inspiring.”

In addition to Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear, “Muppet Moments” will feature appearances by The Great Gonzo, Animal, Beaker, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Rowlf, Bobo, The Newsman, Rizzo, Sam Eagle and Pepe the King Prawn. The series is produced by Alex Rockwell and directed by Bill Barretta. It is a production of The Muppets Studio in association with Disney Junior.

I hope that someday we will get a full Muppet variety show, but until then, this looks like a good start.

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6 thoughts on “Muppets Returning to TV

  1. Tom

    Muppets belong on TV imo.
    In fact I don’t think the current movie climate works for the Muppets anymore. Disney should cut the movie-franchise out completely and focus its entire Muppet budget/focus on a TV variety show on either Disney channel or ABC, not just small snippets on D-Jr.
    If all the focus was placed on making a great TV show, I think it’d be a top seller.

    ***BTW, does anyone remember “Muppets Tonight” back in the mid-90s? I’m sure if I watched it again it would have many faults to it, but I remember watching that show religiously when it came on primetime tv. Muppets belong on TV, not in Movies.

  2. Bev

    The Muppets are awesome. I do remember “The Muppet Show.” Was that the ’90s? Love “The Muppet Show in 3D” at Disney Hollywood Studios. Agree with Tom, something on network TV featuring the Muppets would be awesome, better than just snippets on Disney Jr.

  3. PrOJeCt X-13

    I have always had the muppets in my heart. When I was younger, my mom rented The Muppets on DvD for me to watch. On our first trip to Disney World, I made my family go to Muppet•Vision 3D about 6 times! I only wish that they would do something like their old show that the whole family could enjoy…

  4. Barbara

    Thiose of us who are “older” remember watching Muppet Show on TV with our little children. Now we have grandchildren and I would love for them to also be able to watch Muppet Show. There were good lessons for kids….enough with the shoot-’em-up mentality…the violent video games that doesn’t let kids be kids! Bring back The Muppet Show!

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