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Over the years the Muppets have announced or developed episodes for their television series that never came to fruition. Many of these episodes never went beyond the early development stages.

Sesame Street

  • Steve Martin - Sesame Street writers created a sketch for Steve Martin about his feet expressing his emotions; Martin canceled, and was replaced by Jim Carrey.[1]
  • Natalie Cole - Cole was scheduled to appear on the show, singing her hit "Unforgettable" with Forgetful Jones. Last-minute scheduling conflicts prevented the taping date and soon after, Richard Hunt passed away.[2]

The Muppet Show

  • Gina Lollobrigida - On the DVD The Story of Mummenschanz, Bernie Schurz recalls that originally, Gina Lollobrigida was planned as a guest star for season one. When she canceled, Jim Henson suggested Mummenschanz, whose performance he had seen in Geneva.
  • Lionel Richie - Richie was scheduled to appear as a guest in 2001's The Muppet Show Live singing "Say You, Say Me." However, Richie was unable to participate in the show due to illness.

Muppets Tonight

  • Rosie O'Donnell - In a cold opening sketch aired in the summer of 1996, O'Donnell attempted to court Miss Piggy via telephone into being a guest on her new daytime talk show. O'Donnell succeeded by reminding Piggy that she was already scheduled to appear on Miss Piggy's current show, Muppets Tonight. However, the series was canceled before O'Donnell could ever appear. O'Donnell also mentions that she's going to be on Muppets Tonight when Miss Piggy hosted The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

See also

Sources

  1. Borgenicht, David. Sesame Street Unpaved.
  2. Clash, Kevin. The MuppetCast episode #41
  3. Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones (page 266)

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