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The Muppets are Back to Primetime: The Muppets Panel at D23 EXPO

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The Office Meets The Muppets

You know you haven’t quite lived until you’ve seen Kermit and the gang dance on stage to “Single Ladies”. This was the scene among many other hilarious and unscripted moments at The Muppets D23 EXPO panel in Anaheim, California this past August. I mean seriously, it was pretty epic, and perfectly timed to promote tonight’s premiere of The Muppets on ABC. That’s right, they are back to primetime, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I always loved watching The Muppets as a kid, and seeing them live was absolutely incredible. And after viewing the screening, well let’s just say it’s the Muppets we’ve grown to love, but even funnier.

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The Muppets panel at D23 EXPO 2015 (Left to right Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta, Eric Jacobson, Matt Vogel)

The Muppets Panel at D23 EXPO

The Muppets D23 EXPO panel gave a pretty good sample of what you can expect from tonight’s premiere on ABC at 8pm EST. The panel brought the show’s cast five ‘muppeteers’ of The Muppets royalty:

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Steve Whitmire and Bill Barretta with Rowlf the Dog at D23 Expo 2015 get a good unscripted laugh.
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Steve Whitmire and Bill Barretta with Rowlf the Dog at D23 Expo 2015…still laughing it up!

The panel gave the audience a taste of the adult humor we can expect on ABC’s new series, The Muppets, which revolves around a talk show called “Up Late with Miss Piggy” and adopts a similar mock-documentary style format like The Office and Modern Family. The show follows muppet characters on and off the in-series show.

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The gang giving a guest from the audience a lesson on muppetteering

After a short Q&A the panel ended with a couple audience guests who were invited on stage to get a lesson in muppeteering. This included a dance and sing-a-long to “Single Ladies” and “Sexual Healing”. It was definitely D23 EXPO history quality and had the entire audience in pieces.

On Miss Piggy and Kermit Working Together

“It gives them tension,” Jacobson of the still-sensitive post-break-up Miss Piggy and Kermit, who have to work together, she as the star – of course! – and he as her executive producer.

Eric jacobson with Fozzie Bear at The Muppets D23 Expo Panel
Eric Jacobson with Fozzie Bear at The Muppets D23 Expo Panel

On Getting the Gang Back Together

Once in a while it feels like it’s the right people in the right place at the right time,” Goelz said in response to a question about how it feels to have the gang all together again. “This is one of those times.”

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Dave Goelz at D23 Expo with Gonzo

See the Pitch that Convinced ABC to Make the Show:

The Muppets Premieres Tonight on ABC at 8pm (Tuesdays)

All The Muppets famous antics are back in this behind-the-scenes show about Miss Piggy’s talk show. Can we say shenanigans! The drama of Kermit and Miss Piggy’s relationship (and Miss Piggy’s forever on going diva-drama) and the overall clumsy craziness of the gang mixed with laugh-out-loud humor should leave viewers on the floor. Special guests on the show will include Reese Witherspoon and the band Imagine Dragons

Watch The Muppets Trailer here:

No doubt, The Muppets will be everyone’s new favorite show. Catch the premiere tonight at 8pm and every Tuesday night EST.


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While Disney sent me on an all expenses paid trip to D23 EXPO 2015, it in no way shapes my opinions in this article. It just makes bringing the deets to you more affordable and I’m okay with that.

What are you most excited about for tonight’s The Muppets premiere? Tell us in the comments below!

Christa Thompson

Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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