GSN introduces martini-swilling Muppets
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
Photo: Larry Miller and furry friends. Credit: GSN.