Still Recycling

Thoughts of Breach were driven out of my head by The Prestige, which I just watched last night. I saw The Illusionist recently too, so now I'm thinking of doing a double comparison/contrast post, with The Bourne Identity rounding out the list.

In the meantime, I reviewed my Blog Fodder folder and came up with this article, which I am reprinting in its entirety, from a guy who does movie reviews by e-mail. As an added bonus: My desktop wallpaper.

Statler and Waldorf

Teddy on TV: Are the Muppets Due for a Comeback?

From the "Oooh, I REALLY Hope This Happens" file ...
This week, Walt Disney Television confirmed that it is considering the launch of a new Muppet TV show that would be a spoof somewhat of the reality TV shows currently flooding primetime. The series would reportedly follow Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie and the rest around in a mockumentary style format. A 10-minute pilot episode has been filmed and is now making the rounds. So, it will likely be 2008 at the earliest if this ever becomes an actual series.

If it does, though, how cool would that be?!

Of course, this could be one of those series that ends up being a better concept than a finished product. Kermit and the gang haven't really been that edgy since Master of Muppets Jim Henson went toes more than 15 years ago. But this could really be something if the writing is there and the Powers That Be are willing to take risks. Imagine if all of the Muppets we've known over the years are really just characters who turn on their quirks when the cameras are rolling, but are entirely different frogs, pigs, bears, whatevers off camera.

From the press release, though, it sounds like a show similar to "The Restaurant." The new program will follow the various Muppets as they try and re-launch a new version of "The Muppet Show" for the 21st Century. But even that would be really funny and interesting, as Kermit and Co. look to get financing, secure a theater lease, track down all of the old talents, and audition new Muppets.

The possibilities are endless! If this proves successful, they could continue to churn out reality spoofs like a full-blown, "Muppet Idol"-type show in which various Muppet wannabes vie for a spot in the hallowed rotation. OR, what about a "Survivor"-type show where the Muppets are forced to rough it on some isolated island in the South Pacific.

No word yet on if Rob-and-Amber Muppets are in the planning.

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