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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

The Mup­pets Tues­day, 7.30pm, 7Flix Don’t dis­miss this as just an­other kids’ show. First ap­pear­ing on tele­vi­sion in the US in 1955 and win­ning their own show in 1976, the Mup­pets — cre­ator Jim Hen­son called them a blend of mar­i­onettes and pup­pets — are for any­one with a sense of hu­mour. The scripts are clever and of­ten skate over sub­tle adult themes. This lat­est se­ries, which premiered in the US last year, is based around what goes on back­stage in the Los An­ge­les stu­dio as the late night talk show Up Late With Miss Piggy goes to air. In Walk the Swine, episode five, ac­tress Reese Witherspoon ( Legally Blonde, Walk the Line) is the guest. Ker­mit is ner­vous that the fra­grant Miss Piggy, who’s never got over the fact Witherspoon won an Os­car and she didn’t, is go­ing to mis­be­have. Af­ter she loses her tem­per with Reese, her song I’m Sorry is very funny — so stay with it till the end. In the ExFac­tor at 8pm, Ker­mit makes the mis­take of ask­ing his ex-girl­friend Miss Piggy to help him choose a birth­day present for his new love, Denise. And Kristin Chenoweth ( The West Wing, Glee, The Good Wife) agrees to sing at a gig with the Elec­tric May­hem to cel­e­brate Floyd’s par­ents’ 40th wed­ding an­niver­sary. But in the bus en route to their party she in­ad­ver­tently raises the sub­ject of re­la­tion­ships, which causes a brawl among the pas­sen­gers. Apart from any­thing else it is an in­ge­nious send-up of talk shows.

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