Well it’s not the Muppet show I remember back when growing up in early 80’s.The ABC network brings a blast from the past with the season premiere of The Muppets Tuesday nights at 8 PM. Audiences, both young and old can see the entire Muppet cast reunited once again along with some new characters to entertain a new generation of television viewers. But times has changed, since the original Muppet Show aired way back in 1981 with its Vaudeville variety entertainment. This special one hour premiere cast these lovable characters televising a live talk show format and at its center stage, the diva herself, Miss Piggy. Can this show bring back the magic it once had making people laugh and sing? Only time will tell.
The Muppets begin with a camera crew filming a documentary of the Muppets work on producing a live television talk show. Kermit, the frog, played by Steve Whitmore, is an executive producer who manages show’s inner workings with his aide Scooter. As tonight’s show rehearsal is being ironed-out, Miss Piggy, played by Frank Oz, discovers star Elizabeth Banks will be a guest on the show and orders to drop her like a hot potato while comedic genius, Fozzie Bear, finds love with a woman named Becky, played by Riki Lindhome. He’s invited to meet her parents for dinner only to find Becky’s father disapproves her choice in love and makes derogatory comments at the dinner table.
Becky’s father: (Sarcastically) Alright, I’m just going to be blunt. What if you (Becky) have children? How would you raise them? Where would they go to the bathroom - in the woods?
Fozzie: (Respond in anger) OK! That is an offensive stereotype!
And finally, the show reveals why Kermit and Miss, Piggy broke off their long and turbulent relationship. While standing in line to see Pitch Perfect 2, Miss Piggy offer her fans selfies with her. By the time she was finished, the movie ended. Kermit seeing for what she really is, breaks-up and walks alone from the theater. Miss Piggy is devastated on what just happen sees a smiling picture of Elizabeth Banks as if to mock her. Since then, Kermit has a new country rose pig in the stall whose name is Denise, played by Julianne Buescher, who treats him with affection.
Nostalgic is a word I would not use to summarize this show. It is a very different show and for now, is missing the old song and dance routine we, kids from the 80’s are familiar with and enjoyed. I hope they do. The show briefly offers how the Muppets interact with the human world but I prefer it be backstage or during a performance. That’s when Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppets brought tears of laughter every week and you, as a television viewer, wanting more.
That’s my story and I am sticking to it. Reporting for MoviePilot.com,
I am Brian A. Madrid.