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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

The Mup­pets Satur­day, 5.45pm (not Tas), 7flix Frag­gle Rock meets 30 Rock in this most re­cent it­er­a­tion of the ven­er­a­ble Mup­pet gang on TV. In the vein of ob­ser­va­tional sin­gle­cam­era doc­u­men­tary-style se­ries, the pro­gram fol­lows the well-known orig­i­nal cast as they work on the new late-night TV sen­sa­tion Up Late with Miss Piggy. Her ex-boyfriend Ker­mit the Frog is the pro­ducer, and his daily prob­lems with the diva and var­i­ous in­tra-of­fice sub­plots make up the meat of the show. On hand with their var­i­ous dra­mas are show an­nouncer Fozzie Bear, net­work suit Sam Ea­gle, staff writ­ers Rizzo the Rat and Pepe the King Prawn, craft ser­vice di­rec­tor Swedish Chef and all the oth­ers. As has been the case since the Mup­pets first came to promi­nence as the en­dear­ing 1955 cre­ation of Wash­ing­ton, DC-based an­i­ma­tor and per­former Jim Hen­son, the show has at­tracted a mul­ti­tude of real-life guest stars who all seem to be de­lighted at their ap­pear­ance in the Mup­pet uni­verse. For this sin­gle-season se­ries the guests have in­cluded El­iz­a­beth Banks, Jay Leno, Joseph Gor­don-Le­vitt (pic­tured), Reese Wither­spoon, Dave Grohl and Wil­lie Nel­son. In this, the fi­nal episode, Ker­mit re­ceives re­la­tion­ship ad­vice from for­mer White Stripes front­man and gui­tar god Jack White. ‘Tis a pity it’s been axed, as Hen­son had al­ways imag­ined the show for adult au­di­ences and this format suited that con­ceit per­fectly.

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