A new Muppets variety special on the Disney Channel premieres July 19, 2008, hosted by Dylan & Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody), with Miley Cyrus and Ashley Tisdale. It will be called Studio DC: Almost Live! Kermit and Tisdale will even sing their version of High School Musical's "Bop To The Top." And Miss Piggy joins the Jonas Brothers boy band. Cyrus sings "GNO" with Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem
The Muppets, the lovable puppets created by Jim Henson and company, starred in their own half-hour comedy-variety show 1976-1981. Each week a guest celebrity was also on hand to assist master of ceremonies Kermit the Frog. Usually, it was a single guest, but in 1980 the guest for one show was Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), with R2D2, C3P0 (Anthony Daniels), and Chewbacca the Wookie (Peter Mayhew) to promote the 2nd Star Wars movie. At one time ABC could have picked up the program, but the network let its option lapse because it did not think that adults would watch the show. Henson then accepted an offer to produce the series in England for CBS-owned tv stations & syndication. It went on to become the most popular first-run syndicated series in TV history, reaching hundreds of millions of viewers in more than one hundred countries.
NBC finally showed interest in bringing the muppets to prime-time with an hour long show, which ran 14 April 1989 to 30 July 1989. Puppeteer extraordinaire Jim Henson created this hour prime-time series, which consisted of two distinct half-hour segments: the first resembled The Muppet Show, presenting skits and songs featuring the Muppets and guest stars, while the second, called The Storyteller, presented a story, with live actors, narrated by John Hurt.
Henson's final network tv series was DINOSAURS (26 April 1991 - 3 September 1993; 1 June 1994 - 20 July 1994) on ABC. It was a collaboration of Walt Disney Television, Michael Jacobs Productions, and Jim Henson Productions. The half-hour sitcom was set during the age of dinosaurs—in the year 60,000,003 B.C., to be exact. The premise was that the dinosaurs lived mundane lives much like their modern human counterparts, and were thoughtlessly bringing about their own extinction. The series was a live-action program, shot on film. The elaborately constructed characters were operated from within by human performers, and their facial expressions were created by a process called audio animatronics.
Voices were supplied by Stuart Pankin as Earl Sinclair, a megalosaurus; Jessica Walter as his wife, Fran; Jason Willinger as their fourteen-year-old, Robbie; Sally Struthers as their twelve-year-old, Charlene; Kevin Clash as the baby, Baby; Florence Stanley (previously of Night Court) as Fran's mother, Grandma Ethyl; Sam McMurray as Earl's best friend, Roy Hess; and Sherman Hemsley as B. D. Richfield, Earl's short-tempered boss at the Wesayso Development Company. The last names of the characters—Sinclair, Hess, and Richfield—were deliberately chosen: all are extinct gasoline brands.
As for the rumored sequel to The Dark Crystal: “We are trying to pull the business pieces together on a Dark Crystal sequel. That one’s pretty far along. It’s got a good, strong script, a great vision for how to do it and we’re just trying to [put it together].” If "Dark Crystal 2: The Power of the Dark Crystal" happens, the obvious follow-up to Labyrinth would not be far behind. But Henson’s not thinking of an outright sequel for that world. “Actually, we’re talking about doing something different with Labyrinth but I can’t really talk about it. So we’re not really working on a sequel for Labyrinth right now, but Dark Crystal we are.”
The Muppet Show was on the Hallmark Channel (previously known as Odyssey Family channel, no desc. available for eps). The final broadcasts (in 2001) included intros by Brian:
"Hailed as the most outstanding international broadcasting success story of all time, The Muppet Show is one of the most honoured television shows in the world. During its original run, the series was seen by more than 232 million delighted viewers in over 100 countries world-wide.
"More importantly, the Muppet Show officially introduced the world to the first-ever green felt MC -- Kermit the Frog -- and his motley crew, a very weird multi-coloured menagerie of characters including the infamous Miss Piggy, the Great Gonzo, Rizzo the Rat, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Statler and Waldorf, Sweetums, Rowlf The Dog, Robin The Frog, and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew.
"A variety series that was a runaway success, The Muppet Show is filled to the brim with comedy sketches, musical numbers, and satirical vaudeville routines and more-than-you-can-name international guest stars.
"Brian Henson, son of the late Jim Henson, and President and CEO of The Jim Henson Company, will make a rare on-camera appearance as host of specially-produced interstitials which will introduce "The Muppet Show", the classic entertainment series for all ages. The interstitials will provide behind-the-scenes information and anecdotes of the Emmy Award-winning series which features guest appearances by some of the biggest stars of film and television."
Click here for my list of Muppet Show guest stars seen so far
Hallmark/Odyssey also now has Bewitched and I Dream Of Jeannie as well as Northern Exposure
Leonard Maltin Presents is sometimes on Saturday mornings, and usually includes classic old comedy shorts like Laurel & Hardy, the Keystone Kops, etc.