MuppeTelevision was the first half-hour of the short-lived 1989 series The Jim Henson Hour. It was a modernized variation of The Muppet Show. Hosted by a mix of old and new Muppet characters, the shows featured celebrity guests, musical numbers and comedy sketches.
The series was set in MuppeTelevision, a TV station run by the Muppets. The station was capable of picking up television signals from throughout the universe and it was up to Kermit the Frog, who served as director, to decide which shows the viewing audience would see.
Most of the acts were viewed on television monitors, while backstage antics happened in the Muppet Central control room. Just about every act would be introduced from the control room, in contrast to The Muppet Show, where characters would come on-stage to introduce acts. Also unlike The Muppet Show, while almost every episode had a human guest star, the episodes also featured other human characters.
While Disney currently owns the rights to the MuppeTelevision segments of The Jim Henson Hour, the other non-Muppet segments that aired on that program (The Storyteller series, etc.) are still owned by the Jim Henson Company.
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