The Muppets

Have you seen the new series The Muppets Tuesdays on ABC? If you have, let me know what you think. If not, let me warn you that it is nothing like The Muppet Show from the 1970’s.

The premise is that Miss Piggy has her own late-night talk show, Up Late with Miss Piggy. Kermit is the producer, which makes things a bit tense, as Kermit has broken up with Miss Piggy. The show uses a mockumentary style that includes segments where the characters speak directly to the camera. Where my warning comes in is that the humor is absolutely adult. Very funny, but definitely adult. Come up with a good excuse not to allow the younger kids to see this.

For the rest of us it’s a hoot. And just as with the original series from the 1970’s, the show attracts big stars. We recently saw Reese Witherspoon and Kristin Chenoweth appear. And the stars are not afraid to make fun of themselves. Reese Witherspoon pointed out that “I did all of my own walking” in the movie Wild. Kristin Chenoweth finds herself being dumped by the house band in the middle of the desert after mucking up the group’s internal dynamic.

And Miss Piggy? She is as mean-spirited and diabolical as ever. If not more so.

You know me well enough to know that I don’t watch much television other than cooking shows, but the Muppets is a delight not-so-guilty pleasure that Terry and I share.



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