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Family Feud was pre-empted for me today because of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. So, instead of writing about today’s Feud, I’m just going to talk about being thankful.

I don’t want to get all sentimental and corny today. But I am really truly thankful that the Muppets still exist. For all of the ups and downs of the last couple years, it’s so amazing that the Muppets are still around. What other 25-year-old show is still creating new characters and new productions?

Think about all the reunion shows of the last couple years — The Bradys, Mary and Rhoda, The Facts of Life Reunion… They’re inevitably sad, and wooden. The people involved have nothing new to say about the characters. We just watch them get older and less funny.

The Muppets are still alive. Not just still existing, not just a nostalgic retread. They’re alive. Gonzo and Rizzo, Johnny and Sal, Pepe, Kermie Hilflipper, Muppetfest, Elmo’s World and Bear in the Big Blue House… They’re still creative, still coming up with new ways to make us laugh. And now they’re spending a week on a game show. It’s awesome. We have a lot to be thankful for, and a lot to look forward to.

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by Danny Horn

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