If you weren’t already stoked about ‘The Muppets’ returning to TV, you’re about to be! Kermit and the gang revealed some delightful spoilers at the D23 Expo, while also getting political with a jab at Donald Trump!
It’s time to play the music! It’s time to light the lights! It’s time to meet the Muppets — after they spilled tons at their panel at the D23 Expo on August 14. Kermit and the whole gang were on hand to talk about their new ABC show, The Muppets and HollywoodLife.com was on the scene for every side splitting moment, including Donald Trump getting ‘Rowlf’ housed!
During the gang’s “Magic Behind The Muppets” panel at D23 Expo on August 14, things got out of hand pretty quickly. No topic was off-limits for Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo, Pepe, and the gang — not sex, not romance, and certainly not politics. When Rowlf the Dog joined the panel, he took the opportunity to show the crowd of rabid fans his newest impression — Donald Trump! Flipping his ear over his head, you could’ve sworn you were looking into the face of the Republican presidential nominee and his combover, especially when the famous pup pulled off Trump’s signature line — “You’re fired!”
Of course, the impression was all in good fun, just as the whole panel itself. While some fun spoilers were dropped about the debut of the show (including Rowlf owning a bar that the gang frequents and Swedish Chef handling catering) the real highlight was watching select fans be given the rare opportunity to try their hand at Muppeterring with legends Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, Eric Jacobson and Matt Vogel. There were laughs, there were smiles — there was a Beyonce dance party with Kermit, Pepe, and Gonzo. Amazing!
The new show, which premieres on ABC on Sept. 22 at 8pm, is a mockumentary, behind-the-scenes look at the Muppets working together on their latest venture: a late-night talk show starring Miss Piggy called Up Late with Miss Piggy. Major guest stars like Reese Witherspoon and Elizabeth Banks have already been announced for appearances, but perhaps the real reason to tune in this fall is to watch the epic tension between longtime lovers Kermit and Miss Piggy as they navigate life after their very public split earlier this month. “After careful thought, thoughtful consideration and considerable squabbling, Miss Piggy and I made the difficult decision to terminate our romantic relationship,” Kermit announced after the show’s TCA presentation on August 4. Miss Piggy was noticeably absent from the panel; perhaps the diva herself is still not ready to share the spotlight with her former lover. (Then again, she’s never shared it before — she commands it!)
So, Hollywoodlifers — are you pumped to see The Muppets back on the small screen?
— Dina Sartore-Bodo