Since I don’t watch Desperate Housewives, I am usually not that up to date when it comes to the goings on at ABC. So, how surprised was I when I found out that the The Wonderful World of Disney was bringing the Muppets for a modern take on the Wizard of Oz with the appropriately named The Muppets Wizard of Oz starring the Muppets, Ashanti, Queen Latifah, and Quentin Tarantino? I was so excited I had to sit at my desk all afternoon at work because I had a boner from the anticipation.
I love the Muppets, and will sit through The Muppets Take Manhattan or The Great Muppet Caper at practically any moment of the day, any day of the year. Now, I will say that my excitement is slightly tempered by the idea of the modern-day ABC handling this event. Will the story suffer through what I’m sure will be a bunch of attempts to add a little flavor to the story line in a way that only fifty-year-old white television executives know how? Perhaps, but the Muppet humor usually shines through anyway. Take a look at the cast. Ashanti plays Dorothy, Kermit plays the Scarecrow, Gonzo the Tin Man, Fozzie the Cowardly Lion (a role J-Unit also played when he was 12), and Miss Piggy is the Wicked Witch of the West. That’s one hell of a lineup.
So, go ahead and mock me, but I’ll be setting my TiVo to record this when it airs this Friday night, May 20th, at 8 PM. Don’t let my disturbing boner imagery prevent you from tuning in as well. Who knows, if it is good maybe we’ll get that Fraggle Rock version of Pulp Fiction I’ve been clamoring for.