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The Muppets Reboot In Development


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The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady is helping to write and executive produce the new puppet-based variety series, after previously contributing to scripts for other Muppets projects, including 1989's The Jim Henson Hour and 1994 movie Muppet Classic Theater.

Bosses at America's ABC network have commissioned a pilot presentation for the proposed show, although plot details have yet to be released.

The original Muppet Show aired from 1976 until 1981, and returned for a brief run in 1996 with Muppets Tonight.

ABC Bringing Back 'The Muppet Show'? 'Big Bang Theory' Creator Reportedly Set To Write Pilot


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The Muppet Show will be revamped for ABC with a little help from the executive producer and co-creator of The Big Bang Theory, Bill Prady. Prady, who worked on the original series, has already been working on the script and a pilot episode is already in production, according to reports.

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Miss Piggy will reportedly return for the revamped version of The Muppet Show.

Read More: Bert & Ernie Spark Equality Debate After Bakery Refuses To Create 'Support Gay Marriage' Cake. 

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt To Star In Fraggle Rock


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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is to star in the 'Fraggle Rock' movie.

Jim Henson's hit 1980s children's TV show about a group of carefree creatures known as Fraggles who live in caves beneath a lighthouse is finally being turned into a film

The 'Inception' actor has committed to be the lead star and is also set to work as a producer on the movie, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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Time To Magic Dance Again? Is ‘Labyrinth’ Really Getting A Sequel?


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The news that there could be a sequel to 80’s cult classic Labyrinth has hit the internet hard. It’s been years since we've read so many mentions of David Bowie’s crotch and hair. But who could blame them? The idea of another Labyrinth movie really is enough to set imaginations and heart’s racing. But it's time to take a breather and ask, is it actually happening?

David BowieDavid Bowie starred in Labyrinth back in 1986

The story that Labyrinth 2 (and seriously, they better not call it that) was in the works all started thanks to an article in Variety about Billy Crystal joining The Jim Henson Company’s new animated project Which Witch.

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Jane Henson Dies: Muppets Co-Creator Dead, Aged 78


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Jane Henson, the co-creator of The Muppets, has died at the age of 78, following a battle with cancer, Sky News has reported. Though her husband Jim was perhaps the better known of the pair, Jane was described by the Jim Henson Company as his “partner in marriage and Muppets.” Although Jane and Jim separated in 1986, the couple continued to share their passion for the company, as well as its vision. Jim died in 1990 at the age of 53 and two years later, Jane founded the Jim Henson Legacy, in order to preserve his artistic creations.

Though Jane was modest about her involvement in the success of The Muppets, others argued that in fact, she played a very important role in its development. Whilst Jane often said that Jim “wanted to leave the world a better place,” Arthur Novell, a trustee of the Jim Henson Legacy, said “they both did.” Jane and Jim met at a puppetry class at the University of Maryland and became creative and business partners. Little could they have known of the impending global popularity of their puppet creations. Their partnership went on to create shows such as Sesame Street, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock and the sci-fi series Farscape.

Now, the company is run by the couple’s children. Brian is the chairman, Lisa the chief executive and Cheryl is president of the Jim Henson Foundation, which aims to promote puppetry throughout the USA. A statement from the company said that the Hensons shared “a unique approach to puppetry that is joyful and sophisticated.” 

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Muppets Creator Jane Henson Dies Aged 78


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Jane Henson, who co-created the beloved children’s show The Muppets with her husband Jim, has died. The Jim Henson company confirmed the news, stating that Henson died on Tuesday, at the age of 78, following a prolonged battle with cancer, The Daily Mail reports.

Jane and Jim Henson met at the University of Maryland back in the 1950s. They became creative partners early on, working on a number of concepts together. The Hensons’ first joint project was the show Sam and Friends. However, the couple did not begin dating until a few years later when Jim returned from a tour around Europe to study European puppetry. In 1960, Jane quit muppeteering, following her marriage to Jim, in order to raise the four children they would go on to have. However, she still stayed involved in decision-making and the creative process.

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The Hensons launched their phenomenally successful Muppets franchise almost four decades ago. 

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Miley Cyrus Hits The Studio

Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood - Miley Cyrus drives herself to Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Friday 29th March 2013

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Jim Henson and Miley Cyrus

Jason Segel Will Not Return For Muppets Sequel


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Jason Segel will not be writing the follow-up to the current Muppets Movie. Perez Hilton broke the news today (March 6, 2012), which will no doubt disappoint fans of the movie. Explaining his decision not to reprise the success of The Muppets, Segel said "My goal was to bring back The Muppets, and I feel like we did it. I just felt like I did what I set out to do. I'm really happy that they're back to where they belong."

Not only will he be handing over his writing credit though, Segel says that it looks unlikely that he will star in the next movie. Granted, his character (Gary) was on the verge of getting dumped by Mary (played by Amy Adams) in the recent movie, so it makes sense that he may not be included again and Segel added "It doesn't really make organic sense. Maybe I'll do something in the future but no, I'm just sort of happy to send my kids off into the world." The Muppets cost an estimated $45 million to make and since its release in November, it has grossed over $88 million in the Usa.

Starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Chris Cooper, The Muppets Movie revisits Jim Henson's Muppet characters as they try to save their old theatre from a greedy oil tycoon.

Oscar The Grouch To Host The Oscars?


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In a radio interview more than 35 years ago, the late Jim Henson and Frank Oz discussed the possibility of doing a Muppets sketch in which Oscar the Grouch would host -- what else? The Oscars. Now, a number of websites are suggesting that something just like that could come to pass. With the departure of Eddie Murphy as host of next year's awards ceremony, numerous Facebook and Twitter fans are pushing their favorite candidates as replacements, and while Billy Crystal appears to be the overall favorite, The Muppets also have a surprising number of supporters. A Facebook page titled The Muppets Should Host the 2012 Oscars boasts nearly 24,000 "likes." Twitter's @MuppetOscars has more than 40,000 followers. Nevertheless, Deadline.com observed "Disney owns both the Muppets and ABC, which is the network that broadcasts the Oscars and just happens to have a new movie starring Jim Henson's creations releasing on November 23rd. Can you smell PR stunt?"

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Jim Henson For Hometown Honour


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Residents of Jim Henson's hometown are set to rename a bridge in honour of the late Muppets creator.

Local officials in Leland, Mississippi, where Henson grew up, will unveil the newly-renamed monument, The Rainbow Connection, on Saturday (24Sep11) with help from Fran Brill, one of the original puppeteers on Sesame Street, according to the Associated Press.

The bridge's new name comes from a song performed by the Muppets in the 1979 film The Muppet Movie.

Henson, who passed away in 1990, was most famous for his puppet creations in programmes such as The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock and Sesame Street, as well as 1986 movie Labyrinth.

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Segel Writing Muppet Movie Comeback


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Funnyman Jason Segel is writing a new film starring Jim Henson's muppets - four years after the characters were last seen in theatres.


The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star is a big fan of the bug-eyed puppets, and is convinced he can win over audiences after 2005 film The Muppets' Wizard of Oz flopped.


And he is hoping to revive the theatrical 1980s films starring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear with a nostalgic movie tribute, after signing a deal with Disney.


Segel says, "I'm trying to bring back the muppets. I'm writing a new muppet movie so hopefully I can bring the muppets back to (be more) like (1984 film) Muppets Take Manhattan."

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Offers Audiences A Rare Peek Into The Imagination Of The Brilliant Innovator And Creator Of Kermit, Big Bird, And Other Beloved Characters. The Exhibition Documents Henson’s Process Of 'visual Thinking' Through Works Of Art, Photographs, Documents, Puppets And Other 3-D Objects, Currently On Display At The Smithsonian Museum Ripley Center

Jim Henson - Jim Henson's Fantastic World exhibit Washington DC, USA - offers audiences a rare peek into the imagination of the brilliant innovator and creator of Kermit, Big Bird, and other beloved characters. The exhibition documents Henson’s process of 'visual thinking' through works of art, photographs, documents, puppets and other 3-D objects, currently on display at the Smithsonian Museum Ripley Center Wednesday 6th August 2008

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Jim Henson

Date of birth

24th September, 1936

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Sex

Male

Height

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