Jim Henson’s Original Sales Pitch for The Muppet Show

Back in the day, Jim Henson was already a household name with Sesame Street, but he wanted to break the Muppets out of children’s programming. He felt that all ages could enjoy the Muppets and made the effort to pitch an idea for a variety show with celebrity guests that we would come to know as The Muppet Show

Recently we got a look at the video he put together with a Muppet pitch man Leo trying to encourage CBS to green light his show, and apparently it worked.

Pimping the works of Jim Henson but pointing out the finer details of why CBS needs to buy this show, Leo brags about how famous they would become, how much money they can make and just how temperamental and difficult they will be to work with!

Clearly Henson realized how big this could be, and he was right! The Muppet Show ran 5 Seasons and spawned many spinoff films of both Sesame Street characters and Muppet Show stars alike.

To my recollection, Kermit the Frog was the only one to star in both The Muppet show and Sesame Street. Aside from some cameo appearances, can you think of any any regular characters that were in both?


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