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ABC’s Fall 2015 Lineup: Muppets, Diversity, and Murder

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Unlike the other three Big Four networks, ABC is satisfied just the way it is — and for good reason. Last season, the network found success (in both ratings and quality) with a smart combination of diverse family sitcoms, Shonda Rhimes dramas, and Marvel Universe thrillers. The network is so confident in its stability that three of its lineups will remain unchanged going into the next TV season: Monday (Dancing With the Stars/The Bachelor and Castle), Wednesday (family sitcoms galore), and Thursdays (Shonda’s night!). The network is also introducing new shows, of course, and we’ve got the rundown on all the trailers.
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The Muppets as ‘Twin Peaks’ Characters: Who Killed Miss Piggy?

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The earnestness that fuels Kyle MacLachlan’s Agent Cooper could also be pretty applicable to another much-loved character: Kermit the Frog. In fact, it’s kind of spooky to see how easily The Muppets take to the world of David Lynch’s classic Twin Peaks. In Justin DeVine’s paintings (spotted via Welcome to Twin Peaks), the Muppets have a damn fine cup of coffee, the Log Lady is Fozzie Bear, and it’s all very, very amusing. So far, DeVine has done six watercolor portraits in pen and ink, and he’s promising more. Keep an eye on his Tumblr.
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10 Unforgettable Musical Christmas Moments on Film

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Christmas songs are as essential to the upcoming holiday as eggnog, tinsel, and Douglas firs. So are Christmas movies — or even moves that don’t particularly center around the theme. That’s why the combination of the two is such a treat. Sure, it can often be too sweet and saccharine, but the cinematic treatment of Christmas has always been musical in nature. Here’s a rundown of some of the best musical Christmas moments captured on film; some are obvious, and a couple are a bit surprising.
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The Best Muppet Movie Cameos Ever

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Fire up your Blu-ray players: The Muppet Movie is out today for your high-definition viewing pleasure. The 1979 family classic set the template for all of the Muppet flicks, with charming songs, big laughs, and a lotta heart. But it was also chock full of adorable celebrity cameos, and that’s a tradition that has continued in the 34 years since its release. After the jump, we’ve picked our favorite celebrity cameos from all of the Muppet movies.
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Watch Cee Lo and Kermit Perform “Bein’ Green”

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Last Thanksgiving brought us the first brand-new Muppet movie since the ’90s, but this year we’re thankful to Cee Lo Green for making sure the beloved puppets are very much a part of the 2012 holiday season, too. Earlier this week, we brought you Cee Lo and the Muppets’ adorable “All I Need Is Love” video. And last night on The Voice, the singer joined his good pal Kermit at the piano for a lovely rendition of the classic frog anthem “Bein’ Green.” Cee Lo wore a wild, neon-green outfit with mirrors; Fozzie was moved to tears; and even Statler and Waldorf – the Internet commenters of the Jim Henson universe — were on hand to offer their grouchy review. Watch it below.
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Guess Who Plays Santa in Cee Lo and the Muppets’ “All I Need Is Love” Video

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If you were smitten with Cee Lo Green and the Muppets’ collaborative Christmas song, “All I Need Is Love,” then wait till you see the video. It finds Cee Lo stopping by Kermit’s place in the midst of a snowstorm, only to find that the whole Muppet gang is assembled for a holiday party. Of course, he joins in the gift-giving fun (which, it must be said, is a bit heavy on the iPhone product placement). And midway through the celebration, the crew is visited by none other than Santa Claus — who happens to be The Office’s Craig Robinson. Click through to watch the clip, which also features an eerily accurate Cee Lo puppet and a boatload of bloopers.
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Wanted: Knitted Hats Inspired by the Muppets

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Suddenly it feels like it’s the middle of winter here in New York, and most of us are woefully unprepared. Luckily, the Muppets are here to keep our heads warm. These fantastic knitted hats, which we spotted thanks to Neatorama, are the creations of Annie Pilon, a business and technology writer living in Michigan who describes herself as “one part Martha Stewart, two parts Liz Lemon.” The collection, which was originally inspired by The Muppets’ release, is pretty impressive; so far she’s created wearable versions of everyone from Miss Piggy to Dr. Teeth, and even plans to make a few more. Click through and try to pick a favorite!
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