The Muppet Show

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Jerry Nelson, the Voice of Sesame Street's Count, Dies at 78

Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer best known for playing Count von Count on Sesame Street and Gobo Fraggle on Fraggle Rock, died Thursday, the Jim Henson Company confirmed. He was 78.

"Jerry Nelson imbued all his characters with the same gentle, sweet whimsy and kindness that were a part of his own personality. He joined The Jim Henson Company in the earliest years, and his unique contributions to the worlds of Fraggles, Muppets, Sesame Street and so many others are, and will continue to be, unforgettable," company CEO and Jim Henson's daughter, Lisa, said in a statement on Facebook. "On behalf of the Henson family and everyone at The Jim Henson Company, our deepest sympathies go out to Jerry's family and to his many fans."

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Celebrity Watchlist: The Glades' Matt Passmore Is an HBO Buff, Cares About Serial Killers

Matt Passmore

When he's not watching his own show, The Glades' Matt Passmore enjoys diving into the world of another small-screen, South Florida-based crime solver.

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Henson Family Donates Original Kermit the Frog to Smithsonian Museum

Kermit the Frog

Jim Henson's original Kermit the Frog puppet has a new home at the Smithsonian, The Associated Press reports.

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Singer/Actress Lena Horne Dies at 92

Lena Horne

Lena Horne, the jazz singer, actress and civil rights activist who became the first African-American performer to be put under contract by a major movie studio in 1942, has died. She was 92.

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Horne died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday, according to The Associated Press. No details of her death have been released.

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The Joy of Sets: What Are You Getting Him for Father's Day?

John Adams courtesy HBO

So, if you have a dad like mine, this weekend is a cause for alarm. I’m a little too old to be giving him a can of cashews again, he has every book on the Civil War known to man, and I’ve probably stolen every tool he’s been given over the last 10 years. See? The man is impossible to buy for!To take a little pressure off myself (and hopefully inspire some of you equally desperate ACOIFs...Adult Children of Impossible Fathers), I offer a cheat sheet of DVD sets perfect for every daddy-o…For the Jock — The Major League bigwigs have released these spectacular Esssential Games collections celebrating baseball at its best, played in the best parks. So far, Fenway Park and Shea Stadium have gotten the love, but when Philadelphia’s beloved (now leveled) Veteran’s Stadium makes the cut, yours truly is going to be a very happy man.Buy Esssential Games on Amazon.comFor the Historian — Hello? HBO’s fantastic John Adams miniseries just hit the shelve... read more

Battlestar Galactica and The Muppet Show Announced Releases

The Muppet Show - Season 3 courtesy Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and The Muppets Studio

New releases announced today, January 26:Battlestar Galactica - Season 3 will be coming out March 18 The Muppet Show - Season 3 will be coming out May 20 Visit for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

Muppet Reunion, with Paul McCartney, in the Works?

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy by Lester Cohen/

Sure, they’ve had their share of squabbles over the years. But that hasn’t deterred Kermit and Miss Piggy from rekindling their romance. TV Guide has learned that a digitally enhanced pilot for a new version of the MuppetShow is in the works at Jim Henson Studios. “The show will have the original puppets but they’ll be able to walk around,” says a source close to the project. “It’s going to be like the original variety show, not the cartoons that came out afterwards.” According to one Hollywood insider, Paul McCartney will appear as a celebrity guest at the 27-year reunion. “He’s hilarious,” says the source. “The Muppets keep asking what it’s like to be a Beatle and he keeps telling them he has a new band now. They don’t care at all. They just want to hear about the Beatles.” “To our knowledge, Paul McCartney is not involved in a Muppets project,” the singer’s publicist Paul Freundlich told TV... read more


WB has benched for the time being both Living with Fran and Blue Collar TV, although both shows will remain in production. Melanie Griffith's Twins (the show, people) will take over Fran's slot, while an encore airing of Supernatural will be offered up to the 17 people who were choosing Blue Collar over the Housewives on Sunday at 9. read more

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Premiered: September 05, 1976, on Syndicated
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Premise: Jim Henson's fanciful creations, headed by host Kermit the Frog, cavort on-stage and backstage with celebs in this classic family series, which, during its five-year syndicated run, was viewed by an estimated 235 million people in some 100 countries. Produced in England, `The Muppet Show' won three Emmys and a Peabody. Guest stars included Elton John, Bob Hope, Carol Burnett, Julie Andrews, Peter Sellers and Rudolf Nureyev (dancing a pas de deux with Miss Piggy from `Swine Lake').



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