Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Worth Watching? 'The Muppets'


Review of ABC's "The Muppets"
Tom Bergeron guest stars on tonight's The Muppets (ABC)
Finally, the show that many child and adult have been looking forward to seeing this fall airs tonight for the first time. After the success of the movies The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted, ABC had no problem green-lighting the new TV show based on the iconic characters. However, if you are expecting an update of the old Muppet Show, you will be disappointed. Yes, the gang is all here, (looking great by the way), but this show is a bit edgier than traditional Muppet fare and could hurt the brand if they are not careful.

Instead of the variety show format that you grew up with, Kermit and company now work for the late night talk show, “Up Late with Miss Piggy.” Dr. Teeth and his band are the show’s signature band, the old critics Statler and Waldorf are in the audience, the Sweedish Chef prepares the food for the cast, Scooter is the stage manager, Fozzie Bear warms up the crowd with bad jokes and Kermit runs the whole operation. This works out fine, but it also leaves many favorite Muppets characters nothing to do except to deliver the occasional one-liner.

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