Pick of the week
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.