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December 23, 1997.

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"Muppet Day at GMA!" on December 15, 2004.

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December 15, 2004.

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MV3D Premiere on GMA

May 1991

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Polly Lobster and Clueless Morgan on Good Morning America

February 1996

Good Morning America is a breakfast television news and talk show broadcast on the ABC television network; the show has been airing five days a week since November 3, 1975. Show hosts have included Lara Spencer, Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts and Christopher Cuomo. Longtime anchor Charles Gibson left the program in 2006 to become the lead anchor of ABC World News until retiring in 2009, with Diane Sawyer taking over Gibson's spot. Weekend anchors include Kate Snow. Sam Champion is the show's longtime weather anchor.

The Muppets have appeared on the show many times. They are a particular favorite of Gibson's, and Kermit the Frog appeared on Gibson's final broadcast in 2006 to say goodbye.

In 1992, the Muppets appeared in a series of ten weekly sketches produced for Good Morning America (referred to as "Muppet Moments")[1] spoofing current events of the day -- the presidential election, the Winter Olympics and tax day. These sketches were written by Jim Lewis and Craig Shemin, under the supervision of Jerry Juhl.[2] See below for details and video clips.

Appearances

  • February 18 - April 21, 1992: Series of weekly Muppet sketches; see below
  • May 1, 1998: Kermit the Frog appeared to say farewell to Gibson when he left the first time to give the spot to Kevin Newman.
  • February 2, 2006: Kermit the Frog, promoting his upcoming commercial for the Ford Escape Hybrid
  • June 28, 2006: Kermit the Frog, for Charlie Gibson's last day
  • July 31, 2008: Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy appear on ABC News Now via satellite to promote Studio DC: Almost Live.
  • November 26, 2010: Elmo and Mariana Chilton of Witnesses to Hunger share healthy eating tips in segment "Elmo's Healthy Message". Pre-taped with Dan Harris. (ABC.com video)
  • May 20, 2011: Elmo appears to promote Sesame Street's latest resource video For Me, For You, For Later and explains how saving money helps kids and their parents learn how to manage the saving of the value of money.
  • September 13, 2013: Elmo, Grover, The Count, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Cookie Monster, Murray Monster, and Big Bird appear to promote the 44th season of Sesame Street. A behind-the-scenes feature on the celebrity Word of the Day segments is shown.
  • April 10, 2014: Pepe and the Swedish Chef participated in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Disney's "it's a small world" attraction and appeared as part of a montage of singers around the globe singing It's a Small World.
  • September 12, 2014: Cookie Monster, Grover, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Snuffy appear for a "Sesame Street Takeover". Additionally, portions of the show take place on the Sesame Street set, including a musical number featuring James Monroe Iglehart with the Sesame cast, and a live performance of "Rock Star" by the band A Great Big World.
  • September 21, 2015: A behind-the-scenes feature on ABC's The Muppets with appearances by Kermit, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and Pepe.
  • January 15, 2016: Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Telly, Ernie, and Carol-Lynn Parente appear to discuss Sesame Street's 46th season. A pre-recorded segment on the new season features on-set interviews with Big Bird, Abby, and Elmo.
  • February 1, 2016: Kermit appears to promote the mid-season return of ABC's The Muppets.
  • February 23, 2016: Lara Spencer goes behind-the-scenes of The Muppets and plays hard-to-get with Pepe. (YouTube)
  • December 16, 2016: Cookie Monster appears as a guest-judge for GMA's "Great American Christmas Cookie Search." (YouTube)
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Other Appearances

  • Good Afternoon America (August 22, 2012): Grover made an appearance on a short-lived afternoon edition of GMA. He was first called in as a special correspondent on the then-upcoming documentary I Am Big Bird. Later on, Grover helped promote Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me, encouraging a group of children to brush their teeth to the music video "Brushy Brush."
  • "Day of Giving" (November 5, 2012): Grover and Sonia Manzano were among the celebrities who participated in the GMA Telethon as part of ABC's day-long donation for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Sketches

In 1992, the Muppets appeared in a series of short comedy sketches that appeared on Tuesdays.

Video Title / Description
Muppet Campaign
February 18

Miss Piggy and Gonzo face off in a political debate. Gonzo behaves bizarrely, keeps changing the subject, and basically does everything except address the issues. Naturally, he wins the debate.

The Muppet Games
February 25

A report by Louis Kazagger on the Geek Winter Games (a much cheaper alternative to the Winter Olympics), where founding geek Gonzo demonstrates demolition speed skating.

Pop Psychology
March 3

A stressed out monster executive (Behemoth) listening to the radio hears a psychologist suggest that everyone should release their "inner child." Much to the monster's dismay, a child monster (Boo) literally keeps popping out from inside him.

Super Tuesday
March 10

Gonzo and Rizzo (two candidates from the 1992 election) try to persuade Muppets to vote for them (leading to a messy tug of war with a whatnot).

Spring Training
March 17

Louis Kazagger reports live from a baseball game, talking to the baseballs themselves.

Setting Your VCR
March 24

Two Whatnots demonstrate how to change the blinking 12:00 clock on your VCR (leading to one of the Whatnots going insane and blowing up the VCR.)

Miss Piggy's Interview Show
March 31

Miss Piggy reviews a book written by a levitating author.

Gonzo's Scandal
April 7

Two news reporters interview campaign front runner Gonzo the Great, but when Gonzo develops a sore elbow, the reporters start hounding him with a series of increasingly tabloid-style questions.

Tax Audit
April 14

A IRS Auditor questions Fozzie Bear about outrageous deductions for items such as a rubber chicken, banana peels and custard pies. When Fozzie asks what the IRS wants from him, the auditor responds with a new rendition of "Money."

Earth Day
April 21

In honor of Earth Day, Kermit the Frog presents a live report from Planet Koozebane on their holiday rituals. The two Koozebanians in this sketch were originally used as Brool the Minstrel and Aretha on Fraggle Rock.

References

  • Many episodes of Dinosaurs feature a fictitious show called Good Morning Pangea.

Sources

  1. Tough Pigs "An Interview with Craig Shemin, Part 1: Through the Eyes of a Fan"
  2. Lewis, Jim. Muppet Central Forum thread "The Brand New Ask Jim Lewis Thread"
  3. Jim Henson's Red Book - 6/23/1981 - Live satellite TV - Good Morning America
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