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ABC’s The Muppets television show revival was short-lived. While the series got favorable reviews, there was a sizable backlash from parents who didn’t think the adult-skewing humor was suitable for family viewing. After six episodes the network replaced showrunner Bob Kushell with Kristen Newman as part of their plans to creatively overhaul the series, but it was too little too late, and the ratings lead to the show being canceled at the conclusion of its debut season.

Frank Oz, who helped create and perform the Muppet characters of Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle and more, has now chimed in to explain why he believed The Muppets failed. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Pigs In Space Alien Look Who's Coming To Dinner

I’m not entirely sure what is going on with The Muppets right now. The 2011 film The Muppets starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams put the Jim Henson-created puppet ensemble back in the mainstream. Sadly, the 2014 follow-up Muppets Most Wanted seemed like ten steps back. It lacked everything that was great about the previous film and instead tried to imitate some of the later not-so-good Muppet movies. Muppetvision 3-D has been removed from Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure theme park while the franchise attempts to reboot the Muppet Babies to hopefully help indoctrinate a new generation with Kermit, Miss Piggy, and their friends.

So where does that leave the franchise? It looks like Disney hopes to continue The Muppet brand through online digital short films. A new Muppets short film has been released on YouTube. The first episode of Pigs In Space in more than 20 years takes on Alien. Hit the jump to watch it now.

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The Muppets live show

Over the weekend, The Muppets new live show debuted at Disney World’s the Magic Kingdom. The Muppets Present The Great Moments in History has had its grand opening but if you can’t get down to Orlando Florida, don’t worry — we have videos of both of the different shows for you to watch remotely. Hit the jump to see The Muppets live show from Walt Disney World.

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pandora

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • More Pandora: The World of Avatar details are coming soon.
  • A virtual reality haunted house is coming to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Disney is currently looking to cast Moana for theme park meet-and-greets.
  • Check out concept art for the Muppet-themed restaurant PizzeRizzo.
  • The Paint the Night Parade is staying put at Disneyland.

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Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem live performance

The Muppets have been a staple of childhoods that span generations. However, much like cartoons, for adults and children alike, they only exist in the world of TV and movies. But every now and then, The Muppets appear in the open for the public to see outside of a screen, and it feels truly magical. That’s exactly what happened at a music and arts festival in San Francisco.

Fans of The Muppets know that there’s no band better than Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. That’s the band which features Animal as the drummer along with frontman Dr. Teeth, Floyd Pepper, Janice, and Zoot. And as if they were any other chart-topping band in the world, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem performed a live 25-minute set at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music and Arts festival this past weekend, and you can watch the whole thing after the jump. Read More »

CBS Star Trek Series

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Movie Park Germany is getting a Star Trek ride.
  • The Muppets are supposedly getting a new show at Walt Disney World.
  • Construction on Universal’s new Fast and Furious ride is ongoing.
  • The Florida Tower of Terror gets a special event…
  • …while the California version prepared to get re-themed into Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Watch Shanghai Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean stunt show.
  • Updates on new attractions coming to Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland.
  • And more!

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The Toy Box is a weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.

This week we have some cool new collectibles statues for Jurassic Park, The Legend of Zelda and Space Ghost. Plus, there are new Funko POP Vinyls for Star Trek Beyond, some Star Trek: The Next Generation swimsuits, some upcoming San Diego Comic-Con 2016 exclusives for Ghostbusters and Masters of the Universe, and much more.

See what’s in The Toy Box this week after the jump. Read More »

Canceled TV Shows

UPDATE: Rush Hour has also been canceled at CBS. The list of other canceled shows at ABC, FOX, NBC and CBS can still be found after the jump.

ABC recently decided that Agent Carter wouldn’t be reporting for duty in a third season of the Marvel Studios television show, and they’re not pursuing Marvel’s Most Wanted as a new series either. But that was just the tip of the iceberg of ABC’s cancellations. NBC, CBS and FOX also gave the axe to some of their shows.

ABC put the hammer down on The Muppets and took out Nathan Fillion’s Castle as well. Meanwhile Fox knocked out a bunch of their freshmen comedies, including The Grinder, NBC cut their live sitcom Undateable and CBS took out the last remnants of CSI at the network. Get all the details on the 2016 canceled TV shows after the jump. Read More »

The Muppets

MTV’s Scream and ABC’s The Muppets may not seem to have a whole lot in common at first glance. But both are revivals of beloved properties, which debuted this year to much fanfare. Both attracted lots of attention thanks to their familiar brand names, but struggled creatively and ultimately disappointed in the ratings. And as of this week, both are trying to course-correct under brand-new showrunners.  Read More »

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The Muppets interview on Jimmy Kimmel live

I’m excited because tonight is the first episode of The Muppets‘ new ABC prime time television series. We’ve shown you the trailers and the early pitch video, so you probably know by now that Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have broken up. Well now that Kermit and Piggy are out promoting their new show, they are being forced to talk about their storyline relationship implosion. Last night the former puppet couple were forced to appear together (due to contractual commitments) on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and you can watch the fun interview embedded after the jump.

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