I have always been a BIG fan of the Muppets – when I was a kid, I used to beg my parents to take me to Blockbuster to rent the video (yep, as in a video store full of VHS tapes) of “Muppets Take Manhattan” every weekend – and most weekends they obliged, because who can resist a movie full of snarky, hilarious puppets – with a happy ending? I know I can’t!
Well, for those of you who don’t know – THE MUPPETS ARE BACK! They have a new half hour sitcom on ABC, and the premise is they all work on the show “Up Late With Miss Piggy” – a late night talk show where Miss Piggy is the host, and Kermit is the executive producer – with all the characters working assorted roles within the television studio. It’s very similar to the show “The Office”, and also reminds me a bit of Modern Family
Here’s the thing….I really, really WANT to love this show. I love all the components – Muppets? Yep. Modern family/The Office dry wit/humor? Yep. Anything the Muppets do? Yep – love that too. However. I really don’t love the show. It has it’s funny moments, but I feel it’s trying too hard to be funny, and they are also having WAY too many celebrity guests on each episode. Obviously they need guests on Miss Piggy’s “talk show” – but they are stuffing way too many celebs into each episode.
I will continue to watch it, in hopes that maybe there are some funny holiday themed episodes coming up that might make me change my mind…but for now? I give it a solid B-, it’s fine, not great, but I think it can have some potential and room to grow into something great (and I hope it does before the network cancels it!)
I would love to know YOUR thoughts on this new show – do you love it? Hate it? Tolerate it? Let me know!