Disney Channel gets ‘Muppets’

In an example of the kind of ABC/Disney synergy that is starting to become commonplace, the Disney Channel has acquired all 22 half-hour episodes of the 1996 ABC series bomb “Muppets Tonight” for air beginning in September.

Twelve of the segs never aired on ABC and will be shown on the Disney Channel for the first time. The episodes include such guest stars as Pierce Brosnan, Prince, Dennis Quaid, Heather Locklear and rap star Coolio.

“Muppets Tonight” is skedded for Saturdays and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 13. It’s produced by Jim Henson Prods., from exec producers Brian Henson and Dick Blasucci.

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