Dec 8, 2012
News Update: December 8, 2012
Let me just preface this by saying that I can't remember the last time we did two News Updates in one week... but this week has been jam-packed with Muppet news and content, so... here we go!
As we reported earlier this week, Kermit the Frog appeared on NBC's 30 Rock on Thursday night. He only had a brief appearance near the end, but it was a perfect cameo. Check out Kermit as he joins Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) for the greatest eulogy of all time in the video below!
Speaking of everyone's favorite frog, Kermit also stopped by the TV Guide offices while he was in New York last week to film a video as part of their "Cubicle Confessions" series. It's a really fantastic and fun little clip with rapid-fire questions for Kermit, including his favorite TV shows! Watch below!
Last Friday I wrote up an article about my time spent with Caroll Spinney at the University of Illinois. As I mentioned in the article, video footage of Caroll's entire lecture might be on the way... and I was right! So check out the video below for exclusive video from the event featuring Caroll Spinney and Oscar the Grouch, all filmed by our friend Josh Hankemeier!
In news that you don't have to watch a video for, a few days ago Grammy nominations came out and it was announced that The Muppets was nominated for two Grammy Awards! One for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media and one for "Man or Muppet" for Best Song Written For Visual Media. This is just another entry on the list of the tons of awards The Muppets has been nominated for/won. Hopefully Bret McKenzie and the Muppets be able to add two more statues to shiny gold statues to their shelves when the winners are announced!
Finally, in official casting news for the next Muppet movie, ABC's Modern Family's funny-man Ty Burrell has officially signed on for the film! The Hollywood Reporter broke the story last night, revealing that Burrell would take the role previously offered to Christoph Waltz, who is too committed to other projects to be in the movie. Burrell will play "one of the key roles" in the movie, that of an Interpol inspector. I don't know about you, Muppet fans, but I think this is a phenomenal casting choice. Ty Burrell is fantastically funny and incredibly goofy and a perhaps perfect performer to play alongside the Muppets. I can't wait to see him in the movie! (And I just can't wait to see the movie.)
The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier, firstname.lastname@example.org