Get Back

March 18, 2008

Brilliant news just in – there’s going to be a new Muppet Movie. Jason Segel, an actor from Judd Apatow’s alumni, has teamed up with the Henson puppeteers to make it happen. The great thing about reprising The Muppets is that they are timeless and ageless. No rapidly diminishing, juiced-up Sylvester Stallone jumping rope in tight too tight tracksuit pants, or Harrison Ford trying to pull off Indiana Jones moves while holding in his middle aged spread.

The value in any remake is that the people who previously loved the show come back and, hopefully, bring the next generation along. The challenge, however, is that the new audience have no knowledge of who the characters are and why they should care. Will today’s kids blindly accept Gonzo as the weird looking one who hangs out with chickens, without a convincing back-story? What will they make of the domestic violence that dominates the relationship between Kermit and Miss Piggy? Will Scooter finally come out?

Whatever happens, let’s hope it’s so successful that the weekly TV show returns. I didn’t realise how much I’d missed seeing cloth creatures until Puppet Up at last year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival. As the singing, dancing menagerie fill the stage a wave of nostalgia washed over the audience. Although much more adult-oriented than the original, the magic was that of childhood all over again. If you didn’t get to the show, take a look this made-for-TV version.

Speaking of forgotten magic, another gang being brought back to life are the beautiful high schoolers of Beverly Hills 90210. Long before Dawson and his Creek or the OC’s designer wardrobes, twins Brenda and Brandon were showing us right from wrong in the world of the beautiful people. CW in the States have committed to a new series. It feels soon, considering that the original only left our screens 10 years ago. But, considering how much older than their characters the actors were, it’s feasible that Kelly and Dylan could return as the parents of a clan of rebellious teens. Donna could make a guest appearance as the sex-ed teacher who preaches abstinence. And on the weekends they could all visit Andrea at the old folks home.

What else is it time to bring back?

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2 Responses to “Get Back”

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  2. themolk Says:

    It’s already coming back, isn’t it?

    Let’s start with:
    – Macgyver
    – The A Team
    – Fraggle Rock
    – Sex (w/- the newly Jewish Sophie Lee)
    – Micallef Tonight
    – Frontline – just re-show it, don’t redo it!


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