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The Muppets Reboot Still Cute, Still Fuzzy, but Now with a Little Risqué Business

Originally posted 09/22/2015 08:00PM

The popular old syndicated series The Muppet Show has been given a reboot that's either gentle, radical or both. How you respond to ABC's The Muppets depends on how you regard the sanctity of beloved pieces of brightly colored felt and fur.

The previous series (1976–81) was conceived as a variety show – you know, the thing that I was expecting Neil Patrick Harris to host that turned out to be Best Time Ever. The new Muppets, which is about the behind-the-scenes nonsense that goes into putting together a nightly talk show for Miss Piggy, is shot in the mockumentary style of so many sitcoms, including The Office (The Muppets' opening titles use even the same typeface) or Modern Family. There is no audience laughter and no applause, both of which were conspicuously canned and shrill on The Muppet Show.

This is actually a very attractive change: Rebooted as a sitcom, the production has a physical softness and a baggy looseness that match the Muppets' contours.

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8 Burning Questions We Hope The Muppets Will Answer

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8 Burning Questions We Hope The Muppets Will Answer

Originally posted 09/22/2015 04:45PM

It's almost time raise the curtain and light the lights when The Muppets finally premieres on ABC Tuesday night.

While we know that the show will offer us a new, behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day lives of the characters we know and love – their commutes, their relationships, whatever the Swedish Chef is whipping up for lunch – we're also hoping that The Muppets will finally offer fans some of the answers to the questions that have haunted us for years.

Specifically, questions like …

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Find Out Which A-Lister Inspires Miss Piggy's Latest Diva Meltdown on The Muppets Premiere

Originally posted 09/21/2015 03:00PM

For Miss Piggy, it's always her way or the highway.

In an exclusive clip from Tuesday's premiere episode of ABC's new faux reality series The Muppets, the showbiz diva gives ex Kermit the Frog a list of outlandish demands for her late-night talk show Up Late with Miss Piggy – even striking out at one A-list star.

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Miss Piggy Shares the Real Reason She and Kermit Broke Up

Originally posted 09/16/2015 08:25AM

For decades – don't you dare mention how many! – Miss Piggy has been an international star of television and feature film, a best-selling author, a trend-setting fashionista and the very paradigm of porcine pulchritude. (Her words. Not ours.) But now, with her new behind-the-scenes ABC TV series, The Muppets premiering on Sept. 22, the plush pig has taken on the most startling and unexpected role of her life – a single lady. The star, who hosts Up Late with Miss Piggy, a talk show within the new documentary-style show, opens up to PEOPLE about the real reason she and the frog are no more:

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PHOTOS! The Muppets' Kermit the Frog Photographed with New Girlfriend After Split from Miss Piggy

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UpdatePosted 09/06/2015 12:30PM

FIRST PHOTOS: Meet The Muppets' Kermit the Frog's New Girlfriend Denise

Originally posted 09/01/2015 02:10PM

Well, that didn't take long.

It's been less than month since Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy announced they were splitting after four decades together, but it appears the plush amphibian has already moved on.

Kermit, who is still working with Miss Piggy on her late-night talk show Up Late with Miss Piggy – a situation that is being documented on the upcoming ABC series The Muppets – has been spotted around town numerous times with a head of marketing at ABC named Denise, a source tells PEOPLE exclusively.

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WATCH: Find Out Why Kermit Now Has a Reason to Be Jealous of Miss Piggy in New Muppets Promo

Originally posted 09/03/2015 12:45PM

The Muppets are gearing up for their upcoming show with a little help from some familiar faces – though Kermit the Frog might soon regret that he ever set eyes on one heartthrob with whom he shares a network.

"We're super excited for our new show on ABC and they brought all the stars to kick it off," Kermit says in a new, extended promo for The Muppets.

Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the gang are joined by the stars of ABC's Scandal, Fresh Off the Boat, black-ish and more – and it's clear the drama is already unfolding behind the scenes.

"Our new show is not like anything you've seen us do before," Miss Piggy reveals. "You are going to see behind the scenes of The Muppets." And boy do we – as in, the-morning-after-outside-Piggy's-trailer behind the scenes.

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Not So Fast: Kermit Denies Denise Is His Girlfriend After Leaving Miss Piggy

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UpdatePosted 09/02/2015 02:30PM

See the Shocking Photo of Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog Breaking Up

Originally posted 09/02/2015 10:45AM

It's the end of an era – captured on film!

Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog's August split sent shockwaves across the country and left us all questioning: Is love dead?

In a new photo, the Muppets costars, who were together for 40 years, are seen calling it quits during what appears to be a brutal argument.

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'Kermit, #SorryNotSorry': Liam Hemsworth Posts Romantic Pic With Miss Piggy As It's Revealed He Will Guest Star on The Muppets Reboot

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'Kermit, #SorryNotSorry': Liam Hemsworth Posts Romantic Pic With Miss Piggy As It's Revealed He Will Guest Star on The Muppets Reboot

Originally posted 08/31/2015 04:45PM

It hasn't even been a whole month since Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog split, but it looks like The Muppets star may have already found a new love interest: Liam Hemsworth.

"Spent Friday with the most beautiful girl in the world," The Hunger Games star captioned a romantic photo of himself with Kermit's ex-love. "Kermit, #SorryNotSorry. #TheMuppets #misspiggy."

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WATCH: Kerry Washington Consoles The Muppets' Kermit the Frog After His 'Tough Breakup' from Miss Piggy

Originally posted 08/14/2015 12:00PM

Is there anything that Kerry Washington can't fix?

In a new promo for The Muppets, the Scandal star gets together with her new network mates Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy to welcome them to ABC, and she finds out firsthand that there's still a lot of tension between the two in the wake of their recent split.

After Washington, 38, mentions to Piggy that she cut off her on her ex's line, the Muppets star retorts, "He stepped on my dreams!" before making a dramatic exit.

With four seasons of Fitz and Olivia's on-again/off-again relationship drama under her belt, Washington knows heartache when she sees it, so she gives the "It's Not Easy Bein' Green" singer the opportunity to tell her why he's blue.

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Did Kermit's Flirtation with Tina Fey Cause Miss Piggy Split? A Semi-Serious Investigation

Did Kermit's Flirtation with Tina Fey Cause Miss Piggy Split? A Semi-Serious Investigation

Originally posted 08/04/2015 06:00PM

After 40 years as a couple, Kermit and Miss Piggy called it quits Thursday, vowing the breakup won't affect their work – but could the frog's wandering eye have been the final straw?

Last March, Kermit, 60, got flirtatious with Muppets Most Wanted costar Tina Fey – who wed composer, director and producer Jeff Richmond in 2001 – during a press conference in Los Angeles. Piggy, 41, arrived conspicuously late to the event.

"I'm actually stretching myself quite a lot as a dramatic actor in this thing. I did many, many scenes with Tina. One particular scene stands out to me. It was a closed set. It was the scene where she licks me," Kermit told reporters. "But I just want to clear it up right here with the press that Tina is happily married. Jeff was there during the shooting. Closed set."

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