Friday, March 27, 2015

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The 2015 Muppet Madness Tournament's Round 2 Winners

The 2015 Muppet Madness Tournament's Round 2 has ended. Below are the FINAL RESULTS. The 'Winners' will now go onto Round 3 which begins THIS Sunday, March 29th and ends on Tuesday, March 31st at 11:59pm ET.


Movie Humans: Doc Hopper vs Pete
Doc Hopper and Max (#6) (63%, 1,818 Votes)
Pete and Jenny (#12) (41%, 1,183 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,901

Monsters: Sweetums vs Two-Headed Monster
Sweetums (#10) (55%, 1,790 Votes)
The Two-Headed Monster (#16) (49%, 1,600 Votes)
Total Voters: 3,240

Edlers: Sam Eagle vs The World’s Oldest Fraggle
The World's Oldest Fraggle (#15) (54%, 1,765 Votes)
Sam Eagle (#5) (51%, 1,683 Votes)
Total Voters:  3,298

Youngsters: Roosevelt Franklin vs Robin the Frog
Robin the Frog (#4) (71%, 2,173 Votes)
Roosevelt Franklin (#3) (34%, 1,037 Votes)
Total Voters: 3,060

Small Muppets: Rizzo the Rat vs The Muppaphone Round
Rizzo the Rat (#2) (72%, 2,176 Votes)
The Muppaphone (#9) (37%, 1,109 Votes)
Total Voters: 3,035

Large Muppets: Big Bird vs Mr. Snuffleupagus Round
Big Bird (#1) (64%, 1,952 Votes)
Mr. Snuffleupagus (#14) (39%, 1,181 Votes)
Total Voters: 3,033

Good Guys: Fozzie Bear vs The Great Gonzo
The Great Gonzo (#13)  (56%, 1,676 Votes)
Fozzie Bear (#11) (47%, 1,403 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,987

Bad Guys: Constantine vs Lefty the Salesman
Constantine (#7) (75%, 2,259 Votes)
Lefty the Salesman (#8) (30%, 906 Votes)
Total Voters: 3,015

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

NEW ! "No, You Shut Up!"- Season 3, Episode #14 - “ON FLEEK”

Host Paul F. Tompkins and his supporting cast of puppets tackle the tough issues including evolution, Hillary Clinton, and fire trucks. Broad City’s Chris Gethard joins the Fusion family and Orange is the New Black’s Lauren Lapkus reviews apps for your mobile phones. 

VIDEO: Kermit Dishes on His Relationship with Miss Piggy

Kermit had a surprise appearance this morning on KTLA Morning News. Check out the segment below as Kermit chats about Miss Piggy and the upcoming "Muppet Moments" on Disney Junior.

"Beyond the Sock: Puppetry for Television and Film" Returns May 19th - May 23rd

The Department of Media Arts and the Department of Dance and Theatre at the University of North Texas will once again co-host the "Beyond the Sock: Puppetry for Television and Film" Workshop.

Now in its third year this unique workshop will be held May 19th to May 23rd and is sponsored in part by

Attendees will learn to conceptualize, design and build professional quality puppets by creating their own camera-ready character under the leadership of Dallas-area resident and master puppet builder Pasha Romanowski. His puppets have been featured in hit television and web series across Canada, Australia and New Zealand. He is also the creator of Project and

In addition attendees will learn manipulation, performance and scene-work from Jim Henson Company trained veterans Peter Linz and Noel MacNeal.

Peter Linz has performed in film, theatre and television, in programs such as "Between the Lions" and "Bear in the Big Blue House". Among his best known characters is Walter from the 2011 Disney film "The Muppets" and 2014’s "Muppets Most Wanted". Peter is also long-time Muppet Performer on "Sesame Street" and was an original Broadway cast member of the hit musical "Avenue Q".

Noel MacNeal’s career spans over thirty years and includes a long history of roles in both film and television including programs including "Between the Lions", "Sesame Street", "Eureka’s Castle" as well as his breakout role of Bear in "Bear in the Big Blue House". Noel MacNeal has also been featured on HBO’s "Last Week Tonight" with John Oliver.

“You would be surprised how many puppetry workshops exist. But very few bring together such high level experts in one place.” says lead workshop coordinator, James. M. Martin, a faculty member with the University Of North Texas Department Of Media Arts. He and fellow coordinators Mario Tooch and Adam Chamberlin, both faculty members in the UNT Department of Dance and Theatre, wanted to bring a truly unique art and performance experience to the North Texas area.

The "Beyond the Sock: Puppetry for Television and Film Workshop" is an intensive experience that packs character development, design, physical manipulation of puppets and acting with puppets into four and a half days.

Registration and Attendance Fees 

$1350.00 -   General Registration: Includes performance and building sessions, puppet building materials and welcome reception. Please note that all general registration attendees must pre-register. 

$800.00 - Student Registration: Must be a currently enrolled college or university student in good standing. Must provide proof of enrollment and letter of recommendation. Contact us for more details. Student attendees Must be at least 18 years of age. 

For more info contact: 
James M. Martin,
Workshop Coordinator
CLICK HERE to register online or
CLICK HERE to visit Beyond the Sock's website 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Jim Henson Company, Cyber Studios Partner up on Two Toon Series

From Variety
by Elsa Keslassy

In the run-up to Mip TV, L.A.-based The Jim Henson Company has teamed up with France’s Cyber Group Studios to co-finance and co-produce two toon series, “Enchanted Sisters” and “Boubouh!”

A fantasy-filled comedy-adventure series based on the eponymous book, “Jim Henson’s Enchanted Sisters” follows four siblings who come together every three months to join their Mother Nature in a ceremony that changes the seasons. “Enchanted Sisters” will be penned by “Anna’s Icy Adventure”‘s author Elise Allen, who previously wrote episodes of “Sid the Science Kid” and “Dinosaur Train.”

Meanwhile, “Boubouh!,” written by Ingrid Chabbert and illustrated by Amandine Duggon, turns on a hairy monster who is frightened of kids. His friendship with a 6-year-old boy forces him to lead a double life.

The agreement was announced today by the Jim Henson Co.’s Halle Stanford, exec VP of children’s entertainment, and Richard Goldsmith, exec VP of global distribution and international consumer products, and Pierre Sissmann, Cyber Group Studios’ chairman and CEO. The animation for both series will be produced at Cyber Group Studios. The Jim Henson Co.’s CEO Lisa Henson and Stanford will serve as executive producers.

“In building out a new fantasy world for older kids that will feature the visual excellence we are known for, we are grateful to partner with Cyber Group Studios, whose quality animation and top-tier creative team will be sure to serve the rich, exciting stories of Enchanted Sisters very well,” said Stanford, who also added that “Enchanted Sisters” had a “very European fantasy flair.” The Henson Co. recently produced the Emmy-nominated “Sid the Science Kid,” “Dinosaur Train,” and “Pajanimals.” Headquartered in Paris and founded by Sissmann, former boss of Disney Europe, Cyber Group Studios won the 2014 Pulcinella international studio of the year prize.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

NEW: The Muppet Cast Podcast - Show #242 – March 22nd, 2015

A NEW Podcast by Steve Swanson is now available for all Muppets fans to enjoy !

CLICK HERE to visit The Muppet Cast website to listen to Show #241 – March 22nd, 2015 .

You can also listen to it NOW on the MuppetsHenson Radio Network LINK found at the top of our RIGHT SIDEBAR or by CLICKING HERE.

This Episode:

What a humongous week it has been! Round 2 is officially open, and I am joined by not one, not two, but three superstar co-hosts to run down, up, and sideways over this Muppet lineup. Special thanks to Sam Marraccini, JT Hankslayben, and the inimitable FrogFan76 for lending their unmatchable talents to these matchups.

- Steve

The game schedule:

Round 2: March 22 – 26
Round 3: March 29 – 31
Final 4: April 2 – 4
Championship Voting: April 6 – 7
Winner Announced April 8

The 2015 Muppet Madness Tournament - Round 2 Begins Today!

The second round of the 2015 Muppet Madness Tournament is now online for your votes. Surviving characters from Round 1 have made their way into this round.

Voting begins on Sunday, March 22nd and ends on Thursday March 27th.
You can cast a vote every 5 minutes.

CLICK HERE to cast your votes at the Muppet Madness Tournament's website.

Presented by the Muppet Cast, Muppet Hub and Muppet Central.

Friday, March 20, 2015

NEW ! "No, You Shut Up!"- Season 3, Episode #13 - “DYNOMITE”

Host Paul F. Tompkins and his supporting cast of puppets tackle the tough issues including alcohol and kittens while Chris Parnell joins the panel on American Exceptionalism. Find out whether House of Lie’s Ben Schwartz makes it to the finale. No, You Shut Up airs every Thursday at 10PM. Follow on Twitter at @NoYouShutUp and at

The 2015 Muppet Madness Tournament's Round 1 Winners

Steve Swanson's and the Muppet Cast's 2015 Muppet Madness Tournament's Round 1 has ended. Below are the FINAL RESULTS. The 'Winners' will now go onto Round 2 which begins THIS Sunday, March 22nd and ends on Thursday, March 26th at 11:59pm ET.

Movie Humans: Pete vs Jareth the Goblin King
•Pete (#20) (64%, 1,703 Votes)
•Jareth the Goblin King (#30) (36%, 974 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,677

Movie Humans: Nicky Holiday vs Doc Hopper
•Doc Hopper (#28) (70%, 1,799 Votes)
•Nicky Holiday (#22) (30%, 788 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,587  

Muppet Monsters: Two-Headed Monster vs Cookie Monster
•Two-Headed Monster (#4) (52%, 1,545 Votes)
•Cookie Monster (#27) (48%, 1,446 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,991  

Muppet Monsters: Sweetums vs Telly Monster
•Sweetums (#10) (53%, 1,716 Votes)
•Telly Monster (#24) (47%, 1,513 Votes)
Total Voters: 3,229  

Elders: World's Oldest Fraggle vs Ma Bear
•World's Oldest Fraggle (#2) (53%, 1,579 Votes)
•Ma Bear (#23) (47%, 1,406 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,985  

Elders: Sam Eagle vs Mildred Huxtetter
•Sam Eagle (#8) (50%, 1,818 Votes)
•Mildred Huxtetter (#16) (50%, 1,795 Votes)
Total Voters: 3,613  

Youngsters: Robin the Frog vs Walter
•Robin the Frog (#1) (71%, 1,878 Votes)
•Walter (#31) (29%, 762 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,640  

Youngsters: Skeeter vs Roosevelt Franklin
•Roosevelt Franklin (#12) (69%, 1,882 Votes)
•Skeeter (#6) (31%, 861 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,743  

Small Muppets: Rizzo the Rat vs Pepe the King Prawn
•Rizzo the Rat (#3) (76%, 1,969 Votes)
•Pepe the King Prawn (#29) (24%, 607 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,576  

Small Muppets: The Muppaphone vs Teeny Little Superguy
•The Muppaphone (#18) (68%, 1,721 Votes)
•Teeny Little Superguy (#25) (32%, 826 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,547  

Large Muppets: Barkley the Dog vs Mr. Snuffleupagus
•Mr. Snuffleupagus (#32) (62%, 1,641 Votes)
•Barkley the Dog (#13) (38%, 991 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,632  

Large Muppets: Big Bird vs Miss Finch
•Big Bird (#19) (83%, 2,240 Votes)
•Miss Finch (#21) (17%, 459 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,699  

Good Guys: The Great Gonzo vs Scooter the Gopher
•The Great Gonzo (#7) (66%, 1,693 Votes)
•Scooter the Gopher (#26) (34%, 868 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,561  

Good Guys: Link Hogthrob vs Fozzie Bear
•Fozzie Bear (#14) (66%, 1,703 Votes)
•Link Hogthrob (#9) (34%, 891 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,594  

Bad Guys: Constantine vs Dearth Nadir
Constantine (#5) (65%, 1,765 Votes)
•Dearth Nadir (#17) (35%, 958 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,723  

Bad Guys: Lefty the Salesman vs Taminella Grinderfall
•Lefty the Salesman (#11) (52%, 1,734 Votes)
•Taminella Grinderfall (#15) (48%, 1,626 Votes)
Total Voters: 3,360 

From Steve Swanson of the Muppet Cast:
This is a quick announcement show to give a quick update on an important update! Don’t miss this, and be sure to tune in this Sunday for the official 2015 Muppet Madness Tournament Round 2 episode.

- Steve

CLICK HERE to listen to Steve's 7 minute announcement show. It is also now part of the MuppetsHenson Radio Network. You can find it HERE.

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