Over the years the Muppets have announced or developed episodes for their television series that never came to fruition. Many of these episodes never went beyond the early development stages.

Sesame Street

  • Steve MartinSesame Street writers created a sketch for Steve Martin about his feet expressing his emotions; Martin canceled, and was replaced by Jim Carrey.[1]
  • Natalie Cole - Cole was scheduled to appear on the show, singing her hit "Unforgettable" with Forgetful Jones. Last-minute scheduling conflicts prevented the taping date and soon after, Richard Hunt passed away.[2]
  • Bette Davis was announced as a guest in the September 13, 1982 issue of The Times-Daily,[5] in what would have been the show's 14th season.[6] However, Sesame Workshop's database contains no record of a contract with Davis.[4]
  • Angela Lansbury was announced in a press release as a Season 22 guest star.[8] A sketch was written for her and Elmo called "Danger, She Wrote",[9] but the material was unused.
  • Steve Guttenberg - press announcements for Season 23 mention Guttenberg as among the season's guests, but no segments featuring him were aired.[11]
  • Press statements prior to the premiere of season 28 announced several guests who not only did not appear during the season, but did not make any appearances on the show in the future. These guests include Shaquille O'Neal, Cal Ripken Jr., Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard, Monica Sales and the cast of Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk.[13]
  • Andy Garcia was to appear in season 24 in a sketch "Big Bird Makes a Movie," and a segment with Elmo and Telly Monster.[14]
  • Tom Hanks was to appear in season 24 in a sketch involving waiting at the bus stop with Big Bird and the kids.[14]

The Muppet Show

  • Tony Bennett - Bennett was proposed as a guest as early as March 1976, where he would sing "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life" to Hilda.[15]
  • Gina Lollobrigida - On the DVD The Story of Mummenschanz, Bernie Schurz recalls that originally, Gina Lollobrigida was planned as a guest star for season one. When she canceled, Jim Henson suggested Mummenschanz, whose performance he had seen in Geneva.
  • ABBA - Jim Henson wished to have the group guest star on The Muppet Show, but scheduling conflicts prevented their participation.[16]
  • Lionel Richie - Richie was scheduled to appear as a guest in 2001's The Muppet Show Live singing "Say You, Say Me." However, Richie was unable to participate in the show due to illness.

Muppets Tonight

  • Rosie O'Donnell - In a cold opening sketch aired in the summer of 1996, O'Donnell attempted to court Miss Piggy via telephone into being a guest on her new daytime talk show. O'Donnell succeeded by reminding Piggy that she was already scheduled to appear on Miss Piggy's current show, Muppets Tonight. However, the series was canceled before O'Donnell could ever appear. O'Donnell also mentions that she's going to be on Muppets Tonight when Miss Piggy hosted The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

See also


  1. Borgenicht, David. Sesame Street Unpaved.
  2. Clash, Kevin. The MuppetCast episode #41
  3. ctw.org "The show's new season explores our world and beyond." by P.J. Tanz
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sesame Workshop personal communication, Scott Hanson
  5. The Times-Daily, September 13, 1982
  6. Children's Television Workshop. Quarterly Progress Report, July 30, 1982 to September 30,1982.
  7. Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street
  8. Season 22 Press Release
  9. Sesame Workshop personal communication with Scott Hanson
  10. script provided by trusted source
  11. [1]
  12. The Gettysburg Times: Sesame Street Will Begin Its Second Season, November 5, 1970.
  13. The Star Ledger, November 1996.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Joe Hennes email communication with Sesame Workshop
  15. 15.0 15.1 Archival document displayed in The Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image
  16. Röster I Radio TV, issue #22 (1981)
  17. Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones (page 266)
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