GSN introduces martini-swilling Muppets
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Is the world ready for martini-swilling Muppets?
Whether it is or not, there’s a new game show coming called ‘Late Night Liars’ that has nothing to do with ‘Rainbow Connection’ or any Henson creations of years past. Hosted by actor/comedian Larry Miller and launching on GSN next month, the original series will feature a handful of puppets who’ll be boozing it up and telling tall tales. Two contestants -- they’ll be humans -- will try to separate the fact from the fiction to win cash and prizes.
The show comes from Henson Alternative, obviously a more adult division of the family-friendly Jim Henson Co., even though GSN’s announcement compares ‘Late Night Liars’ to classicgame shows like ‘To Tell the Truth’ and ‘Hollywood Squares.’
Miller, who’ll have a rodent puppet sidekick called The Weasel, said he’s looking forward to working alongside the sauced ‘celebrities.’ According to a GSN statement, he said that ‘Jim Henson made a great discovery many years ago when he realized that pretending puppets are people is far easier than dealing with people who are puppets.’
The cast of characters includes Shelley Oceans, a loud, bawdy TV personality and actress; William A. Mummy, a mummy dubbed ‘Mister Double Entendre’; and Sir Sebastian Simian, a billionaire adventurer with Richard Branson-esque overtones (except he’s an ape).
The idea’s a real head-scratcher, but the execution could go either way: brilliant or bust. Guess we’ll see if anyone shows up on June 10 at 11 p.m.
-- T. L. Stanley