But tonight’s game is going to start off with one of the most unusual – and holiday cheerful – openings in the history of MNF. ‘Tis the season for festive football! In 2009, the song was also performed by Beaker, The Swedish Chef, and Animal in a viral video. Popular recent versions include those done by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, South Park and in the film Home Alone as arranged by John Williams. Then, right before kickoff, the Muppets will return for a Carol of the Bells music video. The puppets will be involved in an opening segment at 8 p.m. "Carol of the Bells" was parodied by Dana Carvey with the lyrics "Leave me alone, please go away...". The Muppets To Takeover ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” Tonight at 8:00 PM ET. Fozzie Bear will be reporting from the field, Statler and Waldorf will be in the stands, and Animal will be playing the drums. The Muppets will sing “Carol of the Bells” right before kickoff, and will reappear at various points throughout the evening. The Muppets' 2009 parody of the song climaxes with a large bell (set up by Animal) falling on the increasingly frenetic Beaker, which quickly became a viral video that Christmas season. The regular Monday Night Football coverage will unfold as expected, but it’ll also have these Muppet interludes to break up the monotony. The Muppets are celebrating the holidays with, uh, football. For tonight’s Monday Night Football game, we have something special planned. And after a few moments consideration – and some extremely persuasive 2×4 board-breaking from Miss Piggy – they said yes! Senior coordinating producer Julie McGlone said: “To bring the Muppets to life in a pandemic was a huge challenge.” To pull this off, everyone worked from home, with the Muppet performers recording themselves “on green screens in their homes with help from their families.” McGlone added: “The Muppet crew are the kindest people, and they are so genuine with those characters and with the way they produce content, being authentic to their brand and to their show. Affiliate links used when available. Posted on Monday, December 21st, 2020 by Chris Evangelista. ESPN’s release also writes that “there will be elements from the Muppets several times throughout the game.” Hopefully Steve Levy, Louis Riddick and Brian Griese have to each say “Muppet Night Football” at least once. The Muppets will sing “Carol of the Bells” right before kickoff, and will reappear at various points throughout the evening. To bring the audience some festive holiday cheer, the Muppets will be invading “Monday Night Football.” According to the press release, Kermit and Miss Piggy will kick off the broadcast at 8 p.m. Muppet Night Football was an American football contest played on December 21, 2020, between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League.As the game was played on Christmas week, the ESPN television network broadcast used the Muppets as an installment during the Monday Night Football broadcast. Disney’s Muppets are offering a football-themed version of “Carol of the Bells” to set the table for the NFL’s showcase game, which is televised every Monday night on the Disney owned ESPN. Why the Muppets are crashing ESPN's 'Monday Night Football' broadcast - Technical Ripon Don’t miss a special appearance by The Muppets on Monday Night Football during tonight’s Steelers vs. Bengals game on ESPN starting at 8pm EST! It’s the Muppets. The Muppets have been incredible, committed partners in production from concept through every final detail in post-production with editor Justin Belcher.”, ESPN, Television, Monday Night Football, The-Muppets, WandaVision Spoiler Discussion: Episode 3 “Now in Color”, Pop Culture Imports: ‘Lupin,’ ‘Veneno,’ ‘Awaara,’ and More, ‘Laid-Back Camp’ is the Ultimate Comfy Anime and a Proper Escape from Real-Life Horrors, A Very Brady ‘WandaVision’ Expands the Family and Deepens the Mystery, The Quarantine Stream: ‘Belushi’ is an Intimate, Moving Portrait of the Comedian’s Life and Demons, Now Stream This: ‘One Night in Miami’, ‘Master and Commander’, ‘After Hours’, ‘Gretel and Hansel’, ‘The Straight Story’, and More, Copyright © 2005-2019 /Film. Have Fozzie and Miss Piggy interview players on the field after the game. pic.twitter.com/ajSS9vuSxf. All of this sounds great, but ESPN can — and should — go even farther. Let Statler and Waldorf chime in with heckles every few plays. During tonight’s Monday Night Football broadcast, “Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy will make their debut in the broadcast booth while Fozzie Bear reports from the field, Statler and Waldorf join from the stands, and Animal comes in with the drums. Billed as “Muppet Night Football,” the special is an expansion of the opening segments produced by ESPN’s Creative Content Unit. Paylor: No easy way out of AFC East purgatory for Patriots, Wetzel: Jets dodge 0-16, but missing Lawrence would hurt more, Robinson: Time for Belichick to make unprecedented QB move, Fantasy Care/Don’t Care: Mayfield doing best Cousins impression, Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Texas man charged in Capitol riots threatened to kill Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Tse Chi Lop, one of the world's biggest drug dealers, arrested in Amsterdam. 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In it, The Muppets sing a Monday Night Football -themed version of "Carol of the Bells." The Pittsburgh Steelers will face the Cincinnati Bengals, but it won’t be called “Monday Night Football.” It’ll be “Muppet Night Football.”. The Muppets will sing “Carol of the Bells” right before kickoff, and will reappear at various points throughout the evening. The NFL is doing a kid-friendly Nickelodeon broadcast in January, so why not an all-Muppet broadcast? Kermit and Miss Piggy will make their broadcast booth debut at the top of the show, with Fozzie Bear reporting from the field and Animal, naturally, on drums. I am not well-versed in the world of sports, so this entire story leaves me a little frazzled. During tonight’s Monday Night Football broadcast on ESPN, the Muppets are going to stop by for something dubbed Muppet Night Football. During tonight’s Monday Night Football broadcast on ESPN, the Muppets are going to stop by for something dubbed Muppet Night Football. I know nobody watches linear television anymore, but given the fact that one of the few things people do still turn out in droves to watch is the NFL, does Monday Night Football really need to turn itself into a Muppets Christmas special to boost viewership? Schedule Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem as the halftime show. ESPN’s Week 15 “Monday Night Football” broadcast of the Steelers vs. Bengals game will feature multiple appearances of the famous Muppets characters, including Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. All of this sounds great, but ESPN can — and should — go even farther. Give Bunsen and Beaker a segment where they teach the audience about the science of football, which would inevitably end with Beaker getting smushed by one or several falling footballs. This entire idea sprang forth from ESPN’s Creative Content Unit (CCU). With Pittsburgh a two-touchdown favorite in a … Then, right before kickoff, the Muppets will return for a Carol of the Bells music video.”. Kermit the … The Muppets will sing “Carol of the Bells” right before kickoff, and will reappear at various points throughout the evening. Shortly before kickoff, the Muppets will be back for a Carol of the Bells music video. ESPN's "Monday Night Football" will feature a few new faces in the booth tonight when The Muppets take over for a special holiday installment. ET along with a “Carol of the Bells” music video before kickoff, and they’ll reappear throughout the broadcast. A teaser video for the broadcast was released on Monday and it has all the Muppet goodness you could possibly ask for. The news came accompanied by a letter from Kermit the Frog himself (or so they claim – I’ll have to check with my sources, but there’s a pretty good chance the actual Kermit puppet did not write this): For tonight’s Monday Night Football game, we have something special planned. All names, trademarks and images are copyright their respective owners. Jennifer Hudson performed the song with a group of woodland animals in Elmo's Christmas Countdown.. ET in the studio. The Muppets are invading the Steelers-Bengals 'Monday Night Football' broadcast. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. "Bells" is a Sesame Street song about all the different kinds of bells which ring during the day, including alarm clocks, telephones, school bells and doorbells. Put Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat in the broadcast booth. (We’re football fans too, so we’ll let the experts do their thing.). Then, right before kickoff, the Muppets will return for a Carol of the Bells music video. Then, right before kickoff, the Muppets will return for a Carol of the Bells music video. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. There will also be a Christmas-themed “Carol of the Bells” music video performed by the Muppets just before kickoff. Shenanigans and Christmas Bells as Beaker, Animal and Chef belt out a festive tune.Check out, "The Muppet Christmas Carol" on Amazon Instant Video. Julie McGlone of … Dear media members and NFL fans: Hi ho, Kermit the Frog here. ‘Tis the season for festive football! Where will he be playing the drums? Careful observers may have noticed unique advertising on ESPN in recent days, brief segments featuring the words "Muppet Night Football." Don’t worry – you’ll still get all of the great game coverage and professional play-by-play and analysis from our buddies Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick and Lisa Salters. Put Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat in the broadcast booth. ESPN CCU. Do you really need a reason why? And we’ll even be back with more fun throughout the game. ESPN’s Week 15 “Monday Night Football” broadcast of the Steelers vs. Bengals game will feature multiple appearances of the famous Muppets characters, including Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. Who knows. For instance, senior associate producer Bryan Rourke came up with the idea to title some elements Muppet Night Football, ... Statler and Waldorf join from the stands, and Animal comes in with the drums. An abridged version of the song was also performed on the "Bell Channel" in Elmo's World: Bells. Web design by Pro Blog Design. To spread cheer and bring the Muppet and NFL families together, we asked our friends at ESPN if we could help them out with the game tonight. The puppets will be involved in an opening segment at 8 p.m. “I think they’re the best in the business,” McGlone said of her team. Logo Concept by: Illumination Ink. The Muppets will mark the third consecutive year that ESPN creates a special holiday presentation for "Monday Night Football." Kermit released a statement at ESPN’s PR page in which he mentioned we would see The Muppets sprinkled in later during the game. The Muppets are celebrating the holidays with, uh, football. The Bengals won the game in a 27–17 upset victory. "Carol of the Bells" is a traditional Christmas song. Privacy Policy / Cookie Policy. Make sure you are ready right at 8 p.m. And why? We’ll see if we can get Statler and Waldorf swapped in for the broadcast crew here and there: Let Statler and Waldorf chime in with heckles every few plays. It is sung by Anything Muppets wearing sunglasses, with the lead singer performed by Jim Henson. So tonight, I’ll be joined by Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Statler, Waldorf and Animal as we execute our Muppet game plan – sure to get you ready for kickoff. by Laughing Place Disney Newsdesk | Dec 21, 2020 9:51 AM Pacific Time ET! In the video, Kermit and friends are singing a football-themed parody of “Carol of the Bells.” Read Kermit’s entire message below. ET along with a “Carol of the Bells” music video before kickoff, and they’ll reappear throughout the broadcast. 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