60 Minutes is a news program that has run on CBS since September 24, 1968.
On March 17, 1979, the program featured a behind-the-scenes report on The Muppet Show, hosted by Morley Safer. Interviews were conducted with Jim Henson, Richard Hunt and Frank Oz, with Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz and several Muppet characters. Footage was shown from the filming of the Raquel Welch episode, including rehearsal time and alternate scene takes.
The report was rebroadcast in 1990 shortly after Jim Henson's death with a new introduction by Safer, in which he cited that The Muppet Show was "the most popular broadcast in the history of television."
The March 19, 2017 broadcast featured a segment from the set of Sesame Street, showing the filming of a season 47 episode and the introduction of Julia. The segment features interviews with the Muppets (Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Elmo and Julia), writer Christine Ferraro, Joan Ganz Cooney, builder Rollie Krewson and Muppeteer Stacey Gordon.
In 1983, there were plans for a recurring segment called the "Muppet Minute", which would be 3D animated political cartoons featuring the Muppets. These didn't make it to the show due to the producers being unable to find a place in the show for them.
- Ernie and Bert host a news magazine show entitled "60 Seconds" in Out to Lunch, wherein they try to interview the President of the United States.
- This program was spoofed in the Dinosaurs episode "Scent of a Reptile" as "60,000,000 Minutes," including a reference to Andy Rooney.
- In Elmo's World: Fish, the Fish Channel promotes 60 Minnows.
- Sesame Workshop included a "Muppetbook" section of Muppet bios in the digital press kit for 40th season of Sesame Street (posted on Sesameworkshop.org. On his profile, the Count listed the show as one of his favorites.
- In a Sesame Street sketch, after watching "Six Feet Under," the Count flips through channels to find a new program to watch. He settles on 60 Minutes, as the show's famous ticking clock is heard playing.
- TV network CDE, in The Muppets, airs a program called 30 Minutes. Starting Sunday nights at 7, it continues until 8.