"What’s really strong about the Muppets is the people underneath the characters. That’s what it’s all about," he says in rare interview.
Kermit the Frog and his new voice visited Dancing With the Stars for Disney Night. Kermit is now voiced by Matt Vogel, who replaced longtime puppeteer Steve Whitmire after accusation that the latter was "unprofessional."
Whitmire was fired last fall after voicing Kermit for 27 years but has stayed quiet about the firing until a recent post on his website.
The best part about the bit was that Colbert used real audio to highlight how decidedly un-Muppet-y his choices for Kermit the Frog were.
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Lochte recalled, “Last night, two people protested against me and went out on the dance floor.” So he danced to the theme of the show with “the green dude.”
Sunday afternoon on OSL’s main stage, psych-rock legends Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem finally made their historic live festival debut, in the flesh — or in the felt, as it were — after four decades of backing everyone from Alice Cooper to Miley Cyrus. The hippie city of San Francisco was the perfect place for Dr. Teeth, Janice, Floyd, Zoot, Lips, and everyone’s rock ‘n’ roll animal, Animal, to unveil the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational Muppet show ever. As they kicked out new-school jams (the Mowglis’ fitting “San Francisco,” Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ “Home” reimagined as a Floyd/Janice duet) and old-school classic like the Band’s “Ophelia” and a Joe Cocker-inspired “With a Little Help From My Friends” (the latter with a little help from the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir), Dr. Teeth declared this “the first stop on our world tour — and the only stop on our world tour!” However, it all went so well, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Electric Mayhem headlining Coachella or Glastonbury in 2017.
We are gathered here today to pay our final respects to our fallen friends. They have been there for us in good times and in bad. And the cruel hand of fate has decided they will be there no more. So, let’s say fare thee well, cancelled TV shows, with this SuperFan TV: In Memoriam…
On Tuesday’s The Muppets, Miss Piggy broke her leg in a “heroic” dance number and was loopy from her morphine drip. On her way into surgery she told Kermit that she loved him. As he lamented his situation, he found inspiration in Jack White, who encouraged Kermit to show Piggy know how he felt.
Kermit’s adorable little nephew Robin visited the office on Tuesday’s The Muppets. Robin’s parents had recently divorced, and was looking forward to spending time with his Uncle Kermit and Aunt Miss Piggy, not knowing that the two had also broken up. “The only thing that got me through last year, was knowing that you two are still together,” Robin told his uncle. Kermit got the rest of the Muppets in on the act as well.
On Tuesday’s The Muppets, Miss Piggy found herself in a sad situation: she had no friends. She asked her assistant Dudley, the weird looking dragon, what happened to the people she called friends. Somehow Piggy had burned each of those friend-bridges. So, she set out to find a new bestie in the same way everyone else does. She joined an aerial contortionist class. There she met a nice dental hygienist who’d been recently dumped, a perfect match. However, Piggy smothered her new best friend within in minutes of meeting her, leaving her BF-less.
Controversy sprung up on Tuesday’s The Muppets as Miss Piggy’s curly tail popped out of her dress on a red carpet. Soon her tail was all over the newspapers. Miss Piggy lamented that she had to constantly hide her piggy-ness. Inspired by none other than herself, Miss Piggy created a public service announcement to empower other pigs to proudly show their tails. In it she announced that she would #unveilthetail.
On Tuesday’s episode of The Muppets the gang was visited by the network and informed that their show needed some seriously rebranding. Miss Piggy did not take a liking to being called “old” and “irrelevant” so in natural Miss Piggy fashion she reacted by braiding all her hair and twerking for the other muppets in the boardroom.
Kermit the Frog’s current TV home, The Muppets, is returning to the air after a hiatus. Previously, the show had been criticized for attempting to be too edgy and abandoning its roots. Now, though, the show has been rebooted midseason and is attempting to win back Muppets fans they had previously alienated. With that comes more appearance for everybody’s favorite felt friends, including Kermit.
At once lighter, more new-media-savvy, yet mindful of the old Muppet Show traditions, it marks a definite improvement in the revitalization of these beloved characters. The first of the re-booted-season episodes finds the Up Late with Miss Piggy crew facing a new enemy—a network-approved advisor brought in to revamp the show and make it more “relevant.” He’s a slick smuggie named Pizza—that’s pronounced (PA-chay)—and played by non-Muppet human Utkarsh Ambudkar (The Mindy Project). The character is there to unite the Muppets, who spent too much of the earlier part of the season squabbling among themselves, and also to comment on what many critics and viewers thought was the new Muppets’ biggest flaw: its frantic attempt to make the beloved characters hipper for a 2015-16 audience.
Sometimes journalists have to ask the hard questions, and in doing so, lives are saved and policies are changed. (See last weekend’s SAG Award-winner Spotlight.) This is not one of those times. This is just us, the journalists, yielding the power of the pen, a Sharpie to be exact, to a bunch of TV stars including Josh Duhamel, Oscar-winner Timothy Hutton, a Bachelor, a rapper turned primetime dad, and a couple of adorable Muppets.
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On Tuesday’s episode of The Muppets, Dave Grohl and Animal had a drum-off. Dave is the former drummer for Nirvana and has his own super-successful band, Foo Fighters. This isn’t the first time Animal has had a drum-off with a famous musician. The legendary drummer Buddy Rich appeared on The Muppets in May 1981 and battled Animal. That contest ended when Animal threw a drum at Buddy and it got stuck on his head. The most recent battle ended much more amicably, as Animal and Dave both thought the other drummer was better.
On Tuesday’s episode of The Muppets, special guest star Chelsea Handler proved to be the apple of Scooter’s bespectacled eye. While their date didn’t go smoothly, exactly, Chelsea did confess, “Scooter, you’re the best thing that’s happened to me in a really long time.
After a rough day on set, Kermit set off to a yoga retreat on this week’s The Muppets. While considering a blueberry for lunch (because it’s a yoga retreat), he runs into Jason Bateman; and because everyone in Hollywood knows each other, they get to talking about the biz. Things heighten to the point where Kermie feels forced to break some retreat rules, which gets him kicked out. But ultimately he finds his inner peace right in his own backyard.
Ratings are down across the board for the broadcast networks (thanks a lot, Netflix), we’ve seen very few runaway hits, and we’re still waiting for our first official cancellation. Although that last one might just be a case of Hollywood doublespeak… but we’ll get to that in a minute.
By Lesley Goldberg ABC is showing faith in The Muppets. The network has picked up the freshman reboot for a full season — for a total of 16 episodes. The additional three-episode pickup is six shy of the standard back-nine order, with insiders stressing the shortfall is to accommodate the network’s midseason fare including family comedy The Real O'Neals and its all-black Uncle Buck re-do. The Muppets, which hails from Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and Bob Kushell (3rd Rock From the Sun) ranks as Tuesday’s highest-rated new series among adults 18-49.