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Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Phillip, May 7, 2003.

  1. Jennifer12

    Jennifer12 New Member

    It's the newest one, dated May 23. The cover is the 50 top cult movies.

    I'm sure this has been discussed here before, but is part of the Henson Co.'s problem less demand for puppetry now that CGI is so advanced? I'm thinking a character like Gollum from Lord of the Rings might have been a puppet in the past, but with the current state of movie effects, it's cheaper to make him inside a computer. Yoda too....maybe I'm off? I'm sure there are people in the forum who know more about these things than me, so I'm asking.
  2. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Oh, BTW, there was an article (I believe it was Forbes) that stated that recent plans for a Muppet television show have fallen through. I am wondering if they meant the old show that was supposed to be on years ago or the new Fox show. :confused:
  3. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    Yeah it was in another thread. The term they use is 'fizzled out' i think. Very good sources said that the Fox show had been greenlighted for 13 eps around last January time but really not hearing the right kinda things we would be usually hearing at these times. Hope they were just referring to the old show but i also fear not !
  4. Bean Bunny

    Bean Bunny New Member

    Fox didn't list them in their fall line up or mid-season replacements.
  5. Aaron

    Aaron Active Member

    i emailed henson about it i'll let you know what they say
  6. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    They wouldn't be listing mid-season replacements yet, but I fear Luke could be right. :eek: I'm thinking positively though.

    You know, I think the article would have specifically named Fox if it were the current deal. Maybe not. There could have been a conflict with the 2 TV movie deal with NBC. Maybe it was postponed. Who knows. The deal could have fizzeled after the EMTV sale. I just hope they get a show soon. I'm excited about the movies. :excited:
  7. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    The last official thing we heard (mid-2002) on the Fox show was that Team Todd didn't have a final concept nor a target date yet, but we would most likely see it in 2003. (which is crap, they are obviously way behind schedule). It was also officially said that it was a weekly prime time variety series - although originally they said it wasn't to be a variety show and seem to have changed their mind. This has been the official line right upto the press releases from TDK about the 'On With The Show' video game but then they were strangely silent about hyping the Fox deal towards the end of the sale in all the articles and their own press releases.

    Either it's all off, it was really delayed to the point of being put on a backburner till the sale ended, Team Todd still haven't been able to come up with the right concept, Henson are looking elsewhere now for the concept - or they've been working on it all along like eager little beavers and not telling anyone. There have been lots of little rumors along the way like how many episodes, and the setting for the show but they dried up at the beginning of the year - something seems wrong !
  8. sarah_yzma

    sarah_yzma Active Member

    well hopefully we hear something soon, even if it is saying the show is a no-go...they are bound to have other projects coming up......

  9. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    They might answer what color panties Mokey wore in the Fraggle Rock pilot but the only thing they'll give you on current strategy is the official line that they are currently exploring the possibility of new Muppet TV shows and will anounce things when they know more.
  10. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I'm thinking that the deal likely fell through then. I hope there's a new development. With the 2 TV movies being shot this year, when will there be time to tape 13 episodes? You know, if NBC got the show there is a place for it at 8pm Saturday nights. NBC has been showing reruns and garbage in that timeslot. It's not the best time or day, but a niche show like the Muppets could survive in a niche slot with the right PR. It has to be shown early enough for the young audience too.
  11. sarah_yzma

    sarah_yzma Active Member

    WAIT?!?!?!? I missed word of two TV movies...TWO? hehe sounds good.....do we know what these movies are (like christmas....other holiday, or just *stuff*) boy! did I sure miss something!

  12. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    The movies were listed in a magazine article and were spoken of on Hollywood Squares. Absolutely no details, but they better hop to it! :) It takes at least three months to shoot and edit one of these things (not counting pre-production). I hope there's a Haloween special this year. I'm reminded of the Haunted House and Time Machine scripts that have been spoken about for years. A Haunted House Muppet special would be pretty cool. Just get John Williams to provide some music! :excited:
  13. sarah_yzma

    sarah_yzma Active Member

    great! yes, a Haunted House would be neat.....2 movies in one year...well this makes me happy! even if they are tv movies....are both with NBC?

  14. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member


    My *tumbleweed* spidey sense is on red alert.
  15. sarah_yzma

    sarah_yzma Active Member

    oh let's all be optimistic here!

  16. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    They aren't straight to video. They are television specials. The Muppets have a history of great specials that were forgotten for a decade or so. I think it's a safe way for the Muppets to come back. If they don't do very well it's not like they'll have too much egg on their faces like a motion picture flop or a failed sitcom. I object to your tumbleweeds. :p Let's not start that again. ;) LOL!

    I like the haunted house idea. It seems like it could be very fun and Muppety to me.:)
  17. sarah_yzma

    sarah_yzma Active Member

    yes I like that, also!


    it is the way for the muppets to come back...because old fans will tune in, and casual fans find it easier to tune in, than to go see a movie, or buy/rent a video....thus, creating more diehard muppet fans! AH HAHAHAHAHAHAAA

  18. Aaron

    Aaron Active Member

  19. sarah_yzma

    sarah_yzma Active Member

    continuing her mad ramble in the corner.....

    a couple of movies might be a test with the station....because if people watch 3 specials (counting last years) they will probably watch the show...if the did the show now, public awareness would be low, and people do not like to start watching a show in the middle of the season, when word would spread, but if whoever is airing these is smart (again I ask, do we know which channel) they would air show promos to death during TV movies......

  20. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Couldnt disagree more...it sounds tired, cliche, and not very 2003...same with the Time Machine thing. Is JHC that desperate for ideas? It makes you long for the Jerry Juhl days, when even Muppet specials were treated with dignity, not filled with a billion and one tv and product placement ads *inside* the flick.

    Now yeah, Im a blind Muppet fan...like most folks Im happy with them just doing anything.

    My hope was for the 'edgy' Fox show...though it sadly looks like that may not be a possibility for year's end.

    Anyways, I know JHC is strapped for cahs these days, but it seems they could perhaps find some truly interesting tv special ideas. How we went from MFC and M@WDW to KSY and VMC I am not entirely sure. Though I think the missing Juhl factor may have something to do with it(just look what happened when the screwed up his MFS script)

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