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The Muppets Pilot Pitch Too Good For This World, Too Pure

"They're going to be so upset. Except the band. They're always happy. Legally now."

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Much has been said about the Muppets’ return to prime time TV. Yes, it’s going to be shot “documentary style,” much like The Office, and it’s going to use cutaways and celebrity cameos and everything you’d expect from a comedy show these days. But The Jim Henson Company isn’t a company that does what everyone expects. In fact, there’s something just so perfectly toned and timed with this pilot pitch that has us all so incredibly excited for the show.

This 10 minute pilot was shown to attendees who went to the Muppets Comic-Con panel. But everyone’s written accounts of the video don’t really do it justice. It’s absolutely worth checking out, and we are so glad that it’s officially released here now.

The jokes are irreverent, they’re written perfectly, timed perfectly, they’re packed with just enough references to really zing, and they really don’t seem afraid of “going there.” The segment where Fozzie and his girlfriend are talking to her parents about her dating him is just too good. This pilot is written in such a way that it’s self-aware enough to poke just the right amount of fun at itself, and it never feels cheap. In fact, the level of detail in some of the sight gags is stunning. See: the Bean & Beluga coffee cup in the office scene.

If this pilot really is indicative of the kind of Muppets show we can expect, you can damn well expect us to be watching every week.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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