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Friday, August 29, 2008

Did you hear, DID YOU HEAR??!!!

Kat Angus
Published: Thursday, August 28, 2008
It's time to get things started on The Muppet Show tonight!

Yes, Disney is rumoured to be looking into the possibility of reviving The Muppet Show, more than 27 years after the original went off the air. Why now? Well, a new Muppet movie is on the horizon, and with Forgetting Sarah Marshall scribe Jason Segel at the helm, insiders are expecting the flick to return the Jim Henson creations to their former glory. Depending on how well the movie is received, the TV networks will probably come knocking.

"If the movie script is popular Jason will write the TV series, too. He is already coming up with ideas for it," a source told the U.K. Telegraph.

Remind us to send Jason Segel a cake.

The original Muppet Show ran from 1976 to 1981 and was wildly successful, spawning several movies, including The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppets Take Manhattan. But over the years, movie and television studios lost interest - probably around the time Muppet Treasure Island flopped and the unfunny Muppets Tonight TV show got cancelled. (We may be in the minority, but we still think A Muppet Christmas Carol is wonderful.)

"Jason is a massive Muppets fan and is seen as the man to finally bring The Muppet Show back to TV," the source continued. "It will obviously have all its old fans but Jason's comedy is hugely popular with youngsters so it will open it up to a whole new audience."

Statler and Waldorf are going to be furious.

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