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October 23, 2015   •  Category: Films & Projects, Media Alerts, Video Updates0 Comments

Reese will guest star on the upcoming The Muppets episode ‘Walk The Swine’, airing in the US this coming Tuesday, October 27th. The story and teaser are below, as are a couple of related articles from earlier this year:

Miss Piggy and Reese Witherspoon have a heated rivalry, but when the two volunteer for Habitat for Humanity their feud escalates to a whole new level. Meanwhile, Fozzie and his girlfriend Becky hit a rough patch.

TCA: Kermit and Miss Piggy’s Break-Up Helps Promote ABC’s New ‘Muppets’ Series

Behind the scenes of a latenight talk show was a natural setting for a next-generation Muppets TV series, producers of ABC’s “The Muppets” told reporters Tuesday during the Television Critics Assn. press tour.

Bill Prady and Bob Kushell, exec producers of ABC’s “The Muppets,” said the series would have a mockumentary flavor and revolve around the backstage antics at “Up Late with Miss Piggy,” as well as the personal lives of Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie Bear and other beloved Muppet characters.

The show will incorporate celebrity and musical guests through the prism of their appearances on Miss Piggy’s latenight program. Reese Witherspoon and Imagine Dragons are among the guests lined up so far. But it will not be a straight-ahead variety show like the previous “Muppet Show” from the 1970s, although it will have the same irreverent tone of poking fun at pop culture.

“The goal here is to be exactly the same and completely different,” Prady joked. “We will honor ‘The Muppet Show’ (legacy) more rigorously than has been done before but at the same time do something contemporary.”

The panel session also featured Kermit and Miss Piggy, who kept reporters laughing with their banter. The big news of the morning was that Kermit and Miss Piggy have split up, even though Kermit remains an exec producer of her latenight show. ABC went so far as to release a statement about the breakup. (Prady stirred the pot by noting that Kermit is now dating a pig who works in marketing at ABC.)

“After careful thought, thoughtful consideration and considerable squabbling, we have made the difficult decision to terminate our romantic relationship,” the statement said.

Prady, co-creator/exec producer of “The Big Bang Theory” who began his career working with Muppets creator Jim Henson, has been working on ideas for a revived Muppets series for years but the timing was never quite right. But after he pitched ABC execs in February of this year, he was pleasantly surprised when they pushed him to fast-track his concept for launch this fall.

“Muppets” was ordered to series on the strength of a 10-minute presentation reel that gave a feel for the setting that would veer from backstage at Miss Piggy’s talker to the personal lives of Kermit and other key characters. That will allow them to skewer reality TV tropes as well as latenight TV conventions. Randall Einhorn, an alum of NBC’s “The Office,” is on board as a producing director.

“For the first time we will be a little bit behind the mask (of the characters),” Prady said. “We might even get a camera into Piggy’s house in the morning and catch her before she gets her makeup on.”

Kermit and Miss Piggy had fun with the notion of exposing their private lives to the glare of reality TV cameras. “My life has played out for years in front of the world,” Kermit said.


Kermit the Frog Has Had a Crush on Reese Witherspoon for Years

Are the Muppets carnal creatures?

In an early episode of ABC’s “The Muppets,” the beloved puppets’ first primetime series in two decades, premiering tonight, Miss Piggy makes out with Josh Groban. In the months before the show’s premiere, the Internet seized on Piggy’s announced breakup with Kermit the Frog, and his apparently passionate feelings for a different pig named Denise. The humor alluding to Muppet mating—interspecies and otherwise—has led to some awkward feelings for fans, while some critics have been skeptical about throwing these nostalgia symbols into adult situations.

But lest you think this is all a new marketing gimmick, consider Kermit the Frog’s long-running obsession with Reese Witherspoon. The Oscar-winning star was not only among the first human guest stars announced on “The Muppets,” her name has been on Kermit’s lips for years.

On the Muppet Wiki, a ridiculously comprehensive well of crowd-sourced Muppet info (including hundreds of screen shots capturing Muppet kisses), there’s a list of the many times Kermit has mentioned the star of “The Wild” and “Walk the Line.” Kermit’s shout-outs go back to at least 2005, when he mentioned her to Craig Ferguson as a talent he’d like to work with. Other references include a scene from an online video, in which Kermie sends a message to Witherspoon via webcam. On a Philadelphia news show three years ago, he alluded to a moment of intimacy with the Oscar-winning actress. During a live Q&A about the Muppets’ 2011 comeback film, Kermit mentions Witherspoon (around the 7:20 mark) on a wishlist of co-stars.

On a recent visit to the set of the new show, we asked puppeteer Steve Whitmire to explain why the frog has a thing for the actress. Whitmire, who has been the performer behind Kermit since Jim Henson’s death in 1990, said, “I think the first time I did it, she popped into my head because something like ‘Legally Blonde’ had come out on DVD and I was aware of it. Then it expanded, because people would ask, ‘Why her?’ And I [as Kermit] would say, ‘Well, I’m attracted to small, blonde mammals.’”

The real reason had more to do with the pressure of answering questions on the fly, in character, while promoting the Muppets’ many projects over the years. “I do think she’s amazing, but it became an easy name to remember, a pat answer,” the puppeteer said.

Though Witherspoon appears in an upcoming episode of “The Muppets” don’t expect sparks to fly. Whitmire said he expected her on-screen interactions with Kermit to be fleeting, though only well-informed Muppet fans will recognize that as an opportunity squandered.

“It’s been Kermit’s crush for a long time,” Whitmire said, adding, “I wonder if she’s aware of it. She’s probably not looking at Muppet wikis.”

A representative for Witherspoon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.


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