Why ‘Reboot’ Is The Wrong Word. Plus Speculation. Plus David Bowie.

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Below today’s article you’ll find a small tribute to Labyrinth star David Bowie.

Jarrod Fairclough – Yesterday both The Hollywood Reporter and HitFix published interviews with Kristen Newman, the showrunner who has taken over as Showrunner for The Muppets from Bob Kushell.  In both interviews Kristen revealed some of her planned changes for part of Season 1, which commences at 8:30pm/7:30pmC on Tuesday 2nd February on ABC.  You can read both interviews by clicking on the links above, but we’ve combined, compressed and speculated on the information for you below.  But first, let me talk a little about the phrase ‘reboot‘, and why it’s pretty inaccurate.

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As stated a couple of days ago, I have seen just a glimpse of Episode 11, and the show is still basically similar.  Some people assume ‘reboot’ means a totally different series, some even thought it would just be ‘Up Late with Miss Piggy’ – This is not accurate!  You’ll still see the relationships between these characters behind the scenes, you’ll see the goings on in the writers room, and you’ll see the Kermit/Piggy/Denise storyline continue.

MISS PIGGY, KERMIT THE FROGWhat ‘reboot’ means in this sense is that the show won’t be as ‘realistic’ I guess.  Back in the day, people like Jim Henson and Frank Oz would say ‘If it can be done with people, it shouldn’t be done with the Muppets’.  Let’s face it, most of the episodes we’ve seen can be done with humans.  Perhaps that’s why episodes like ‘Going, Going, Gonzo’ worked so well, because a human probably wouldn’t shoot themselves off a building with no real regard for their own safety.  But a Gonzo would.  It just means we’ll see The Muppets doing what The Muppets do a little more often.  And that’s really want we all want in a Muppet show.  Below you’ll find a wrap up of the changes Kristin Newman has revealed:

  • The show and it’s characters will be less mean spirited, which was a criticism of the show in it’s earlier episodes.
  • The show will have more heart, similar to the films.
  • Miss Piggy will be less mean, and she’s getting out there to make new friends and balance her work/life – and Kermit’s going to notice.
  • There’s going to be a human antagonist recurring throughout the episode, played by Utkarsh Ambudkar (The Mindy Project).  He wants to make HUGE changes to ‘Up Late’, so the Muppets team up against him.  (If he’s in The Mindy Project, and she’s been on the show as herself, what does that mean for the universe?  My head has exploded.)
  • More Muppets!  Camilla is coming back to be with Gonzo, Lew Zealand and his boomerang fish will return.  While he’s been on the show, he hasn’t had much to do.  Robin is also coming back!  Foo Foo will be around a little more, and a cute little penguin is joining as Piggy’s pet.  I’ve seen the puppet, and it’s genuinely adorable.
  • Walter is still a pretty divisive figure in the production of the series. It seems that for every 1 person who wants him back, there’s another against it.  I can’t see what damage it could do having him back, even behind the camera or, heck, as a bus boy at Rowlf’s Tavern.
  • There’s going to be some more sketches (or, at least, partial sketches) on the show as a part of ‘Up Late’.  Veteran’s Hospital is planned, as is a segment with The Swedish Chef and Bunsen.  I would assume that we’ll probably get some Pigs In Space at some point, considering the costumes were seen in the ‘Kodachrome’ short.
  • The guest stars will be less a part of the story and more used as cameos, I would assume in the same vein of Laurence Fishburne’s hilarious cameo in Episode 2.
  • Music will be a big part of the show, and Kristen is looking to have musicians sing over important moments in the series, very similar to the very powerful usage of Dave Grohl’s ‘Learn to Fly’ as Gonzo gets the nerve to shoot himself out of a cannon.

So there we go, I guess we’ll find out for sure what these changes mean, but I think we need to stop using the word ‘reboot’ and perhaps use a term more accurate, like ‘refresh’ or ‘update’.

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Just quickly, we’d like to pay tribute to Labyrinth star David Bowie, who passed away yesterday at the age of 69.  While generally this would warrant an entire post, tributes will be everywhere today, and truthfully I don’t know a lot about his career, therefore I feel a full post wouldn’t do him justice.

David played Jareth, the Goblin King in Labyrinth, and he also wrote the film’s songs.  Rather than go on about his role, we thought it would be better to just show it.  Enjoy this clip of the late, great David Bowie in Labyrinth.

 

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