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ABC Announces Fall Schedule Including 'The Muppets,' 'Dr. Ken,' and 'Fresh Off the Boat'

ABC announced its fall TV lineup today, including time slots for two new shows — the "docusoap-style" Muppets revival (Tuesday nights at 8:00pm) and Ken Jeong's semi-autobiographical comedy Dr. Ken, which will replace the recently canceled Cristela on Friday nights. Additionally, Fresh Off the Boat will return for a second season after The Muppets on Tuesdays, moving from 8:00pm to 8:30pm. According to HitFix, new comedies The Real O'Neals and Uncle Buck are set for midseason premieres. Check out the new series trailers and full lineup below, via Entertainment Weekly:

Watching as The Muppets Go Hollywood For the First Time

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

At the beginning of 2014, I reflected on the past year of this column and cited a compilation of Jim Henson’s early work [...]

Watching a Comedic Voice Evolve: The Rare, Early Clips of The Muppets

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

When the late Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer who performed as Robin the frog, Sgt. Floyd Pepper of the Electric Mayhem, and Snuffleupagus, was asked a [...]

'Modern Family's Ty Burrell Replaces Christoph Waltz in the 'Muppets' Sequel

Last month, Inglorious Basterds' most charismatic Nazi, Christoph Waltz, was in talks to play the villain in the new Muppets movie, but those negotiations have broken down. Now, The Hollywood Reporter says that goofy Modern Family dad Ty Burrell will be taking over the role, that of an evil Interpol agent. Burrell is currently the only human star attached to the movie, but plenty of supporting roles and cameos have yet to be cast. James Bobin and Nick Stoller, who worked on the previous Muppets film, are returning to write the sequel, with Bobin directing this one too. This probably isn't the first time Ty Burrell and [...]

We Probably Should Stop Asking Jason Segel about The Muppets

Jason Segel will not be in the next Muppet movie – no way – don't even think about – it won't happen – no chance – stop asking. In an interview promoting the soon-to-be-released Five-Year Engagement, he made it very clear he won't even cameo in a Muppets sequel. He explained to The Playlist:

"It was a very distinct choice on my part… My only goal was to bring back the Muppets that I loved. And I did that. I kinda don’t know what I have left to do in that regard. I like doing these R-rated comedies. I loved working on The Muppets but, you know, it [...]

ABC Cancels 'Cristela,' Renews 'Fresh Off the Boat' and 'Black-ish,' and Orders 'Dr. Ken' and 'Muppets' Revival

A bunch of comedies have just been canceled, renewed, and ordered over at ABC. THR reports that the network has canceled Cristela Alonzo's freshman comedy Cristela, renewed Fresh Off the Boat and Black-ish for a second season, and ordered three new comedies to series: Ken Jeong's semi-autobiographical comedy Dr. Ken, a Dan Savage-produced family sitcom called The Real O'Neals, and the single-cam mockumentary-style Muppets revival. ABC is expected to announce one more comedy order sometime today. In addition, ABC also handed out season renewals to The Goldbergs, Modern Family, and The Middle.

UPDATE: ABC also announced that the Uncle Buck remake starring Mike [...]

What I've Learned About Comedy From Two Years of Hanging in the Archives

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

When I started writing this column a little over two years ago, my intentions were pretty straight-forward: turn the time I was spending at the [...]

Tina Fey In Talks to Star as a Russian Gulag Prison Guard in the New 'Muppets' Movie

Tina Fey is in negotiations to star with Ricky Gervais and Modern Family's Ty Burrell in the new Muppets movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If Fey takes the job, the three will be the only humans leads in the untitled film, although, as usual, a lot of cameos from big names are planned. Fey's character is a Russian gulag prison guard, with Burrell as a clueless Interpol inspector and Gervais as the male lead. The Muppets sequel will reunite Gervais and Fey, who both starred in Gervais's movie The Invention of Lying, and it would be Fey's first post-30 Rock job. This weekend, Tina Fey and [...]

Christoph Waltz Will Be a Muppet Villain

Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained star Christoph Waltz is close to signing on for a substantial role in the new Muppets movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Waltz is in talks to play an Interpol inspector, one of the few major human characters in the new movie (besides a million cameos). Other human roles that have yet to be filled are that of a "Russian femme fatale" and a "male lead 'whose intentions are always in question.'"  As reported previously, James Bobin (who directed the previous Muppets movie) and Nicholas Stoller (who co-wrote it with Jason Segel) are writing the sequel for Bobin to direct. One [...]

The Original "Muppet Show" Pitch Video Is Damn Near Irresistible

Take notes, anyone hoping to someday sell a TV show of their own: this pitch video for the original Muppet Show, created and voiced by Jim Henson, is how you do it. As Slashfilm notes, this isn't exactly new, but I had never seen it so I figured you may haven't either. Its pacing and escalation is pretty much perfect, and it's no wonder that the show was indeed bought after this pitch was given. If only all shows had pitch videos like this.

ABC's 'Muppets' Revival Will Be a "More Adult" Mockumentary Style Show

ABC is currently developing a Muppet Show reboot with Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and Anger Management writer/producer Bob Kushell, and according to Entertainment Weekly the series will be aimed more at adults than kids, take on an Office/Arrested Development-style mockumentary format, and have a tone similar to 30 Rock. The plot will follow the Muppets behind the scenes as they launch a brand new television series, and the mockumentary format will delve "deeper into the Muppets' personal lives" for the first time. Here's ABC's official description of the series:

The Muppets return to prime time with a contemporary, documentary-style show that—for the first time ever—will [...]

Watch a New Trailer for 'Muppets Most Wanted'

Here's the second trailer for the upcoming sequel Muppets Most Wanted, which comes out in April and stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, and a bunch of felt.

Ricky Gervais In Talks to Play the Lead Human in the New 'Muppets' Movie

Rick Gervais is in negotiations to play the lead human role in the upcoming Muppets movie, which is slated to start filming next month, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Gervais's part is being kept under wraps, but it's been compared to the role Jason Segel played in the 2011 Muppets reboot. Gervais would play one of three humans with a big part in the Europe-set movie (a ton of celebrity cameos are expected too), along with Ty Burrell as a lazy Interpol inspector and a Russian femme fatale character that is yet to be cast. If he ends up taking the job, the Muppets sequel will be [...]

'The Muppets' Blooper Reel Is Longer Than Most if Not All Blooper Reels

Or so they claim. There isn't a government body governing the blooper bodies… yet. I heard after Michelle Obama gets everyone to drink kale juice instead of Pepsi, she's going to focus on bloopers. Well, her or Sam the Eagle, who will likely ban them all together. I'd choose Fozzie to be the Secretary of Bloopers because he's the best and under his rule, everything always would be bloopers. Wocka Wocka 2012. Wocka… Wocka.