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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 [...]

The Muppets Parody Trailers Live to Fight Another Day

We've missed you so much, Muppets parody trailers. We don't even mind that this time, you're only an ad for the March 20 DVD release of a movie we've all already seen. And we definitely don't mind that you're making us seriously consider what an all-Muppet Hunger Games would be like. I mean, Miss Piggy would be the clear sole survivor, but who would be her biggest competitor? Kermit is not cut out for violence; he'd be gone in a second unless he Peeta Mellark'd his way through on Miss Piggy's coattails. Animal's got the rage but not the cunning. My money's on Gonzo for second place – [...]

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.

Jason Segel Will Be Fully Absent From The Muppets Sequel

No more marveling at how gigantic Jason Segel looks next to tiny puppet versions of himself. Segel has said that not only will he not be writing the next Muppets movie, he also won't be starring in it. He said:

My goal was to bring The Muppets back and I did that leaving them in very good hands, my writing partner and James Bobin the director. All I wanted to do was to set the stage for them to do whatever they wanted. I did what I set out to do, and now I wanna pursue more human-related projects. I’m sure I’ll return in some capacity here [...]

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.

Kermit the Frog Joins the Colbert Nation

Colbert's discussion of the Republican primary in the South would be incomplete without a visit from his new "Chief Swampland Political Analyst," Kermit the Frog. Kermie protests at first, citing the facts that he is a non-partisan "amphibitarian" and only there to promote the release of The Muppets on DVD. But like all Stephen's opponents, he eventually plays ball, giving some incisive predictions about the race. I can't help but wonder if America may be overlooking the perfect candidate right here in Kermit the Frog. He's certainly got the pig vote.