Lady Gaga and the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular
|Lady Gaga and the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular|
|Directed by||Gregg Gelfand|
|Presented by||Tom Kane|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Production company(s)||The Muppets Studio|
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Original airing||November 28, 2013|
Lady Gaga and the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular is a Thanksgiving television special featuring Lady Gaga and The Muppets. The 90-minute program aired on ABC on November 28, 2013 and featured guest stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elton John and RuPaul, with an appearance by Kristen Bell.
Lady Gaga and the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular is the second of Lady Gaga's Thanksgiving television specials, following A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, which aired on ABC in 2011. Gaga and The Muppets have collaborated in the past. In 2009, Kermit the Frog was her date to the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Gaga also featured Jim Henson's Creature Shop pieces in The Monster Ball Tour.
The 90-minute special aired on ABC on November 28, 2013. Guest stars included Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elton John and RuPaul, with an appearance by Kristen Bell. Gaga performed a mixture of songs from her third studio album Artpop and holiday classics.
- "Bennie and the Jets" (with Sir Elton John)
- "Artpop" (with Sir Elton John)
- "Gypsy" (with Kermit the Frog)
- "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (with Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
- "Fashion!" (with RuPaul)
- "Santa Baby" (performed by Miss Piggy and Youthful Praise)
- "Applause" (reprise)
Special guest appearances
- Steve Whitmire as Kermit the Frog, Beaker, Rizzo the Rat, Statler, Lips
- Eric Jacobson as Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle
- Dave Goelz as The Great Gonzo, Bunsen Honeydew, Waldorf, Zoot, Albert the Rabbit
- Bill Barretta as Rowlf the Dog, Dr. Teeth, Swedish Chef, Pepe the King Prawn, Bobo the Bear, Big Mean Carl
- David Rudman as Scooter, Janice
- Matt Vogel as Camilla the Chicken, Floyd Pepper, Lew Zealand, Norman the Sheep
- Peter Linz as Walter
The special brought in 3.6 million viewers and a 0.9 rating among the 18-49 adult demographic, much lower numbers than Lady Gaga's holiday special the previous year. It also drew far lower demographic numbers than programs airing at the same time.
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