60 Minutes is a news program that has run on CBS since September 24, 1968.
On March 17, 1979, the program featured a behind-the-scenes report on The Muppet Show, hosted by Morley Safer. Interviews were conducted with Jim Henson, Richard Hunt and Frank Oz, with Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz and several Muppet characters. Footage was shown from the filming of the Raquel Welch episode, including rehearsal time and alternate scene takes.
In 1983, there were plans for a recurring segment called the "Muppet Minute", which would be 3D animated political cartoons featuring the Muppets. These didn't make it to the show due to the producers being unable to find a place in the show for them.
The report was rebroadcast in 1990 shortly after Jim Henson's death with a new introduction by Safer, in which he cited that The Muppet Show was "the most popular broadcast in the history of television."
- This program was spoofed in the Dinosaurs episode "Scent of a Reptile" as "60,000,000 Minutes," including a reference to Andy Rooney.
- It was also spoofed in the Muppet Babies episode "Not Necessarily the Babies" as "6 Minutes."
- Sesame Workshop included a "Muppetbook" section of Muppet bios in the digital press kit for 40th season of Sesame Street (posted on Sesameworkshop.org. On his profile, the Count listed the show as one of his favorites.
- TV network CDE, in The Muppets, airs a program called 30 Minutes. Starting Sunday nights at 7, it continues until 8.