The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Specials

Christmas TV specials, limited series and movies are bigger than ever these days from now until the New Year, you’ll be able to find some festive yule-tide programming every night of the week. From the traditional viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, the different versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to baking shows and live music specials, we’ve got them all listed on the new Christmas TV Specials page. (Since not all of the networks list their specials early, this list will be updated throughout the coming weeks, so check back often for new additions!)

Muppets Do It Again

Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) and the Muppets. Photos: Disney
MOVIE REVIEWI swear that no one was happier to see The Muppets back on the big screen then me when Jason Segel’s version of The Muppets came to theaters in 2011. Especially after Disney produced one of the worst TV movies featuring the furry bunch. (The Muppets Wizard of Oz anyone?) Segel’s script brought back the warm and fuzzy feeling one got when watching the older movies or even The Muppet Show reruns. The film had a great balance of sarcasm and heart. Was it fluke? Would The Muppets be a one hit wonder or could they do it again?

This weekend, audiences will be treated to the long-awaited sequel, Muppets Most Wanted and why it may have some doubters, it is even better than the first. As with the first, Disney didn’t rush to get the movie made. It is obvious that they took their time to get everything just right.

Muppets Most Wanted literally begins where The Muppets left off – as in, what happens after the closing credits. Why, they do a sequel starting with the “sequel song.”

Now that The Muppets are big again, they get talked into doing a world tour with Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) who, unbeknownst to them is actually working with Constantine, the world’s number one criminal and evil frog. Constantine looks just like Kermit except for a mole on his face. His plan is to switch places with Kermit and send our hero to a Russian prison while he and Dominic (Number Two) steal precious jewels from around the world.

Along for the ride is Tina Fey as Nadya, a prison guard and Modern Family’s Ty Burrell as Interpol Agent, Jean Pierre Napoleon. Plus, in typical Muppet style, the movie is full of cameos that adults will appreciate more than the kids.

Boys might enjoy this movie more than girls. The first one focused on friendship, family and romance while this one focuses on a crime adventure…and friendship. The first movie was sweet, but this one is really funny. The music in Most Wanted is better too featuring more original songs that you’ll be humming on the way out of the theater, giving you a reason to want to buy the soundtrack.

Gervais, Fey and Burrell do not disappoint either. They work so well with the Muppets that you will wonder if they aren’t really Muppets themselves. Both Gervais and Fey have their own song numbers filled with wit. The person who came up with the idea to have Burell team up the Sam the Eagle is a genius.

Ironically, Muppets Most Wanted received a PG rating for “some mild action” which is so mild, that no parent should be concerned. And unlike the first movie, no fart shoes.

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