Muppets Promos: Nathan Fillion Ogled by Miss Piggy, and More ABC Cameos

Miss Piggy is on the prowl in the wake of her break-up with Kermit, as seen in one of three new ABC star-studded promos for The Muppets.

In the first of the teasers for the Muppets’ mockumentary-style comedy comeback (premiering Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 8/7c), Piggy — whose split from the frog was formally announced last month — can’t seem to get through taping a promo, given the Castle keister (belonging to Nathan Fillion) in her sightline.

Elsewhere, Scandal‘s Kerry Washington steals a selfie with lovelorn Kermit (“Try not to look so sad”), and The Middle‘s Patricia Heaton does her best to understand the Swedish Chef.

Watch the trio below and weigh in on your favorite!

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  1. Mark says:

    I am a kid again, with how excited I am for this show. It’s time to light the lights!

  2. Kathy says:

    Favorite without question-Miss Piggy and Nathan Fillion! Exited about the Muppets coming back!

  3. c-mo says:

    Very cute! And I’m in agreement with Miss Piggy, it is somewhat distracting.

    • Carter says:

      News Flash!!

      Miss Piggy makes sexually harassing comment toward Nathan Fillion. Shame on you Disney!!

      Is this really the type of interaction we want to demonstrate to our the precious little minds of children? Well it is no surprise with the increasing amount of innuendo and sexually charged comments that are currently being interjected into shows targeted toward children.

      Why aren’t women’s organizations speaking out about this?

      Boycott Disney products to show your disgust with this current push to desensitize the public’s aversion to sexually charged communications in the workplace!

  4. Mr. Tran K says:

    Don’t call it a comeback. Very excited to see The Muppets back on TV and ABC. :-)

  5. Just one thing says:

    These are very fun. I hope they do more of them.

  6. The Muppets are back where they belong. It’s been too long since they have been regulars on television. Oh and seriously? Which is best? Captain Tightpants of course!

  7. Sniff says:

    Ahh the Muppets. Brings back all the memories doesn’t it?

  8. Steven says:

    I hope they do more of these. I’d love to see Wendi McLendon-Covey or Viola Davis with The Muppets.

  9. Ellen says:

    Favorite: Nathan’s, absolutely!! His butt is adorably distracting, as is the rest of him! It’s also the funniest one if the three.

  10. leigh says:

    Poor Kermit. This will be such a fun show.

  11. Ally says:

    The date with Fillion is on my calendar.

  12. well i’ll record it, but Tuesdays is NCIS night!

  13. KateFaulkner27 says:

    Poor Kermie. I would listen to him.

    Loved Nathan and Piggy though. Oh my… lol

  14. bytemebill says:

    Miss Piggy an Nathan Fillion…definitely!

  15. sigh says:

    So Nathan will do ABC promos with Miss Piggy but not Stana Katic. That figures.

    (I am kidding…mostly)

    • lkh says:

      oh–was just thinkin’ something similar–shame on me

    • WB says:

      Why, did he refuse to do a promo with Stana or is this more of an idle fan pot stirring?

      • sigh says:

        Well, it’s been a topic of conversation for a long time now that they don’t promote Castle together anymore, posters for recent seasons are just them photoshopped together, etc. But mostly just pot stirring!

        • lkh says:

          double, double toil and trouble…

        • DarkDefender says:

          They don’t promote Castle, Grey’s, OUAT or many of their other shows. Par for the course with ABC. I don’t think the lack of promotion of Castle is either of the leads’ fault.

          • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

            Thank you for trotting out facts. This is an ABC-wide issue. (As for “Why Nathan?” one could argue he is ABC’s most popular male star. Kerry meanwhile is a no-brainer, and it’s nice to see “The Middle” get some love.)

    • Blurgh says:

      Never heard that there’s a beef between Stana and Nathan. Is there? (If there is, they do a great job faking it on TV. Their chemistry is still hot after all these years.)

    • Steven says:

      Just wait till they spend all the new season apart and only appear together in one CGIed scene.

    • DarkDefender says:

      Stana was finishing a film and didn’t get to the Castle set until like day 2 or 3 for 8×01 from the sound of it. So Nathan probably had the time to do the promo.

  16. Liz says:

    Wandering Oaken (Frozen) says the same thing as Chef – Woohoo! They totally took that from the Muppets!

  17. Carter says:

    News Flash!!

    Miss Piggy makes sexually harassing comment toward Nathan Fillion. Shame on you Disney!!

    Is this really the type of interaction we want to demonstrate to our the precious little minds of children? Well it is no surprise with the increasing amount of innuendo and sexually charged comments that are currently being interjected into shows targeted toward children.

    Why aren’t women’s organizations speaking out about this?

    Boycott Disney products to show your disgust with this current push to desensitize the public’s aversion to sexually charged communications in the workplace!

    • cjinsd says:

      News Flash, Carter!!!
      Miss Piggy has always been that way. And, The Muppet Show has always been skewed more toward adults than children. The kids version is called Sesame Street.

  18. Maria says:

    Miss Piggy, you have exquisite taste in men. Go get him, girl!

  19. Steven says:

    Wow! I actually understood the Swedish Chef’s last sentence. “Water’s not organic.” He’s been working on his english!

  20. Yolanda says:

    Is it me or Miss Piggy is a little bit of a whore? :-)

  21. CastleBuzz says:

    Am I the only one in the world who doesn’t like the Muppets, The Muppet Show, and Sesame Street? Ugh…

  22. AJ says:

    These aren’t the Muppets of your childhood… lol. Can’t wait.

  23. A says:

    I am so excited for my childhood show to be back on my tv HELL YEAH!

  24. DarkDefender says:

    I love the Muppets. I hope this is a success. But is it just me or are they promoting the heck out of this show (SDCC, the “break-up” & all these promos) ..something they haven’t really ever done for Grey’s, Castle or OUAT. It even rivals the heavy promotion ABC gave to HTGAWM.

    • Just one thing says:

      It’s what ABC does with their new shiny toys. CBS promotes EVERYTHING, whether it’s live or on-demand.
      Granted, they can afford the lost revenue more than anyone to do so. But ABC does seem to be more cheap than even Fox or NBC when it comes to show promotiom.

      • DarkDefender says:

        Seems odd, because a lot of their shows do Super well in syndication which means big $$$.

        • lkh says:

          DD aka Teacher’s Pet–since we’re talking money, let me ask something that I’ve been thinking about for a while and really have no idea about this business at all. Appears as though promotion is paid for by ABC, from what you say and that makes sense. Who foots the bill for the sets? or is this part of the upfront negotiations? Some of the sets are great-like the loft and the precinct. Others are terrible or downright tacky. I know lots of folks were disappointed by the wedding but I’ve noted others too. For example, when Beckett came back from being shot, she was chasing some musicians–the warehouse walls were covered with bubble wrap–they seemed proud of this. The ninja in another episode lived, I guess, in a place where the walls were sheets, when Ryan and Espo were trapped in that collapsed bldg, it was not well done either–actually, I could go on. I’ve often assumed that this situation exists because they have to turnaround the episodes so quickly and don’t have time or money to do something more. I think it lends an unprofessional air to the program–maybe not the exact word I was looking for and this might be a discussion for a different time, but we are talking money… Thanks.

          • CastleBuzz says:

            lkh, I can’t answer your money questions but I do want to take issue with the quality of set design on Castle, especially the four you mentioned. 1) Wedding – OK the green screen background was a bit gaudy, but I’ve seen West Coast sunsets that look like that. I think the techies forgot they were supposed to show an East Coast sunset, very different looking especially over the water along the South Shore of Long Island. 2) The warehouse – I doubt if you hadn’t heard it was bubble wrap on the walls in the DVD commentary, you’d never have noticed it. They had only a few hours and little money to make blank warehouse walls look acoustical so music could be rehearsed. I thought it was very innovative and certainly did not notice it on first viewing. 3) As I recall the “ninja’s” sister used that building for her remembrance shrine. The sheets were her doing, perhaps to make the space more private. The sheets were put up as walls. 4) Again, in my opinion, the fire episode was very well done with the exception of a few scenes that I noted only after a couple of viewings. Overall, I’d say Castle does very well in set and art design given budget, time, space, and location constraints.

          • lkh says:

            I don’t totally disagree and thanks for responding, btw. My feeling has been a little different than yours, and there are bunch more examples, but actually, that’s not the point. Up to this time, I had assumed that some of these sets that seem put together haphazardly (my word) have been because of how quickly they have to do it but I just wanted to explore if it would be different if they had a larger budget which could translate into more people and different material resources. I see this same thing happen on some shows, usually the sets will be really nice then something happens where it goes south. Ex Scandal, sets usually really nice, that time she was captured and in that ‘prison’-nasty.

            Castle–the wedding background didn’t bother me as much as it did a lot of people–I just mention it because in some respects I guess it’s on point. I think when we look at the loft, her apt (gone :[ ) and the precinct and for that matter the ME area, it’s pretty nice-so I figure the set director (?) is pretty good if given resources–guess, to repeat myself, just wondering if it was budget or time or both. Some place I heard or maybe just made it up that it’s not easy to keep that many sets up and running–just takes up too much physical space. It may seem I’m preoccupied with this topic, I’m really not. If the story is good, I don’t notice it too much unless it’s really a bad job. If the story’s not great, I look around.

            ps I may not have known it was bubble wrap, but I would have known it was nasty. :)

          • DarkDefender says:

            lkh – from my understanding, a production company pays to make a show (this includes sets, talent, writing etc..) they then sell the show to the network, making a profit. The network pays to promote a show, because more viewers (specifically in the demographic) determines advertising rates for the commercials, which puts money into the network’s pockets. In ABC’s case, a lot of their hour long dramas are ABC studio productions, so they are essentially selling there episodes to themselves.. This makes for a tight and favorable profit margin. So when the sets are stingy or in the case of Castle’s “Time of Our Lives” ethereal backdrop (or all of OUAT Wonderland or even OUAT’s FTL scenes) look super cheap.. That is the production company keeping costs down, which is generally to increase the profit margin on the sale of the episode .. Make it for pennies, sell it for dollars. It’s like ABC having so much control over content and the execution of it, that they do not need to spend money to promote or advertise these show, because they are already doing fairly well and some bean counter at the network probably decided that the cost of promotion or advertising doesn’t increase the bottom line of profit to make it worth it. So they kind of cut corners in other ways to keep profits up. No promotion and bad CGI keep the cost low enough .. Plus it is likely if you promoted the crap out of a ton of bad CGI scenes, you could lose more viewers up front, because most people would not tune in at all. However, if the show is generally good, people will stay watching a show even when they bring out the low budget stuff because people tend to not change the channel once they start a show.
            At least that is how I see it.

          • lkh says:

            DD-thanks. Sounds to me that Milmar has to have great negotiation skills upfront to be able to put together the story at the level they want. And an organization like ABC seems, to me, to be just a tad stingy :], certainly as everyone points out in regard to promotion and it appears to me other resources may not be adequate in some cases. What a complicated way to make a living–but, if you think about what we all do for a living, I guess all of us are dependent upon someone to allow us to do our jobs the way we prefer. It seems the success of the show is dictated so much by ABC, and even though it has been very successful for them, they seem to be holding back resources. I guess it’s a fine line between success and shooting oneself in the foot, almost a Catch 22. Like I said, love to be a fly on the wall during those negotiations-or maybe not :[

            DD-thanks for taking the time.

          • DarkDefender says:

            lkh – Always (pun intended) glad to help shed light on things. I think in the end, sadly, the network believes they don’t gain enough revenue by spending money on promotion or top notch CGI on any of their shows. So the end result is staying the course and taking in the steady stream of money they get from these shows and not rocking the boat because they seem fine with a 2.0-ish demo and anything around or exceeding 10 million overall viewers.

          • lkh says:

            DD-guess this means I’ll need to stop picking on the cast and crew. sigh. I’m willing to give you all my TVLine Power points, existing and future for your generous input. Actually, I don’t currently have any :[ and truthfully, probably never will, but my heart is in the right place, no :)

            In the long run, do folks(ABC, et al) who do business like this actually succeed? Life is changing for the entertainment industry.

  25. Bob Backus says:

    For those complaining about the adult nature of the show (somewhat rightly, but they have warned you plenty of time so keep the kids away if you want) I hope you missed Cinemax’s Totally Smurfy Porno.

  26. Debbie says:

    Loving the Miss Piggy and Nathan Fillion promo! Uhm-uhm-mmmmmmmmm! Just keep walking!

  27. I love the Nation Fillion clip so cute and cute butt