‘Muppet Show’ guests that should return for ‘The Muppets’

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‘The Muppets’: Kermit and Fozzie Have Candid ‘Conversation’ About Working With Exes, Late-Night TV.

ABC is hoping The Muppets — and their personal lives — are able to captivate both a new and returning audience who grew up with the Jim Henson franchise.Missy Piggy and Kermit The Frog have revealed the real reason behind their breakup while the world is reeling from David Cameron’s on-going ‘pig-gate’ scandal.Kermit is getting a paunch, the puppets in the band are stoned, Pepe the King Prawn has to marry his girlfriend before she gives birth to hundreds of thousands of shrimpettes, Fozzie Bear is dating outside his species and Miss Piggy is planning a butt lift and teat implants. “The Muppets” are back in prime time. The Muppets couple called time on their romance in July, and now they have had their first TV interview together as the British prime minister faces allegations he put his private parts into a dead pig’s mouth during his boozy student days at Oxford University. “Putting the lid down, closing the refrigerator door – not doing the dishes while taking a bath in the sink!

Here, Kermit and Fozzie open up in a candid “conversation” with one another about working with your ex, how personal the new Muppets will get and how Up Late will compete with the likes of Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and company. I know you like water, but I like it to be sanitary!” It wasn’t the only revelation during a bitter conversation between the two former lovers, with Jimmy bringing up Kermit’s new, fresh-faced girlfriend Denise.

Taking a mockumentary approach — or should that be, “sockumentary?” — cameras follow all the chaos as Miss Piggy readies for her her own late-night talk show with Kermit as her producer. The onetime lovebirds were surprisingly open about their old relationship, and we learned some interesting things about what it’s like to cohabitate with amphibians. Unfortunately, they are no longer dating and that makes for a lot of tension on the set in the days leading up to the show’s premiere, especially since Kermit has moved on to a porcine brunette named Denise. So to even the playing field, Kimmel not only suggested Piggy become the new “Bachelorette,” but he and his team took it upon themselves to create a Tinder profile for the glamorous Muppet.

Good grief. … All I know is that I am the executive producer of her talk show, Up Late With Miss Piggy, and that I serve at the pleasure of the network and Piggy. The obvious concept for the show is that creators Bill Prady and Bob Kushnell have taken a stock comedy situation and made us laugh because the dialogue is mostly spoken by puppets. Miss Piggy, after all, is always going to be Miss Piggy, for better or “wurst.” Ryan Murphy and his “Glee” colleagues are adept at satirizing B movie cliches of the past for contemporary TV audiences. So you’d naturally expect sorority house slasher films to be over-ripe for the picking as Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan sat down to craft another over-the-top show for Fox.

It sort of comes alive in the last half-hour with a faint hope that it might be more gripping in the future, but I can’t help wondering if the audience will still be watching by then. Back in the present day, a doting widower named Wes Gardner (Oliver Hudson) drops his young daughter Grace (Skyler Samuels) off to begin classes at Wallace, where she hopes to pledge Kappa because her late mother had been a member of the sorority. Grace is a typical “nice girl,” who seems as though she’d never fit in at Kappa, where a house full of entitled mean girls is ruled by Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts) and her two sidekicks, Chanel #2 (Ariana Grande), Chanel #3 (Billie Lourd) and Chanel #5 (Abigail Breslin). The campus is not a very safe place as the school year begins because Kappas and the boys of the Dickie Dollar Scholar golf fraternity are being hunted down by a mysterious killer dressed in a red devil’s costume. Kermit: Oh, we’ve already had several guest star dreams come true: Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Groban, Imagine Dragons, Laurence Fishburne — to name just a few.

And since it’s already a self-satire, there isn’t much the writers can do with the role to make it more interesting. “Scream Queens” may get better, but its first two episodes are far too tame, especially coming from Ryan Murphy’s house of usually hilarious horrors. If it’s not the first rule of broadcast programming, it’s pretty near the top: For lack of anything better, when you need a new show, just repurpose an old concept.

That’s the thinking behind two watchable but undistinguished new shows from CBS and Fox. “Limitless” is based on the film of the same name starring Bradley Cooper, but really, it’s cut from the same cloth as “Person of Interest,” which isn’t returning to CBS til mid-season. Its family tree includes “Body of Proof” and “Quincy, M.E.” “Limitless” is the more preposterous of the two shows, but despite its shaky premise, ends up being just a skosh more engaging. Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) is getting too old to keep hoping to get the band back together, but he has no career, no aspirations, no direction in life. We’ll go anywhere and do anything as long as it’s funny, entertaining, audience-grabbing, makes Miss Piggy look very good … .and we can get there on the MTA bus.

Cue “White Rabbit.” Not only can he finish the filing job he’s been assigned now, but he even figures out what’s been causing his father’s recent health crises. Brian has to solve crimes but he also has to maintain his stash of NZT or he’s toast. “Rosewood” has an attractive star in Chestnut, but the script is weak and predictable and there’s zero chemistry between Chestnut’s Dr.

Rosewood gets involved in solving the death of a young woman who was an acquaintance of his mother, played by the stalwart Lorraine Toussaint who must feel a bit of a let-down after “Orange Is the New Black.” Here’s a shocker, Rosewood finds clues the cops miss. The show has a certain sunny Miami gloss, but that doesn’t blind us to the generally perfunctory script, the flat pacing and the useful but unremarkable dialog.

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