ABC to Air 'Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular on Thaksgiving Night, November 28

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October 17th, 2013

MTV Premiere of Lady Gaga Video

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Special Will Feature Performances by Sir Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and RuPaul,

An Appearance by Kristen Bell, Along with Several Performances by Lady Gaga from Her

New Album, ARTPOP, Including a Duet with Kermit the Frog


On Thanksgiving night, NOVEMBER 28 (9:30-11:00 p.m., ET), the ABC Television Network will air the 90-minute special, “Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular.” The broadcast offers an avant-garde twist on the classic holiday variety show as Lady Gaga goes backstage with The Muppets, making a performance dream come true for the multi-platinum singer songwriter when they combine forces to sing holiday favorites and Lady Gaga hits.


"I was so excited when ABC called me about doing a holiday special this year,” said Lady Gaga. “I knew it just wouldn't be a complete night of laughter and memories without The Muppets! Can't wait to see the gang again and I hope Miss Piggy's still not mad about Kermit. We're just friends!"


“What an incredible opportunity!” said Kermit the Frog. “We have a long history with Ms. Gaga, so we jumped at the chance to do a holiday special with her. We won’t even mind if she mistakes some of the Muppets for pieces of her wardrobe—again.”


The special features Lady Gaga performing songs from her new album, ARTPOP, available Monday, November 11 on Streamline/Interscope Records. Performance highlights include a duet between Lady Gaga and Kermit the Frog, a dazzling rendition of Gaga’s hit “Applause” with special Muppet guests, and performance duets with Sir Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and RuPaul. Kristen Bell appears in a special sketch alongside the Muppets and Lady Gaga. In addition, Swedish Chef, Beaker and Animal will perform special Muppet renditions of the holiday classics “Deck the Halls” and “Jingle Bells.”


The program will also feature a sneak peek from the upcoming Disney movie “Muppets Most Wanted,” which features Lady Gaga herself in a spectacular cameo performance. Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” hits theaters March 21, 2014.


This is Lady Gaga’s second primetime Thanksgiving night special for ABC. “Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular” is produced by Sunset Lane Entertainment, in association with ABC's Lincoln Square Productions, with Salli Frattini as executive producer and directed by Gregg Gelfand.


About Lady Gaga

LADY GAGA came to prominence following the release of her debut studio album The Fame (2008), which sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Her contributions to the music industry have garnered her numerous achievements including five Grammy Awards amongst fifteen nominations, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards amongst twenty-six nominations, and the estimated sale of 24 million albums and 90 million singles worldwide. She has travelled the world on numerous tours including 2008's The Fame Ball, 2009-2011's The Monster Ball and 2012-2013's Born This Way Ball. An HBO television special titled Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden earned an Emmy Award amongst its five nominations. Her third studio album, Born This Way, broke the iTunes record for the fastest rise to #1 on release day. In 2013, Time Magazine named her the second most influential person of the decade. With over 2.5 billion combined views of all her videos online, Lady Gaga is one of the biggest living forces in social media with over 60 million likes on Facebook and over 40 million followers on Twitter. She is also a global activist and philanthropist, having been an outspoken supporter of many important issues including LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS awareness, body image issues, and youth empowerment. In 2011, she launched her own Born This Way Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to empowering youth and creating a kinder and braver world. In 2011, she also built & launched a social network just for her fans, Lady Gaga is the only artist in the digital era to top the 5 million sales mark with her first two hits. Lady Gaga’s fourth studio album, ARTPOP, will be released on November 11, 2013 in conjunction with an app developed by TechHAUS, the technological branch of HAUS OF GAGA. On this day, HAUS OF GAGA verges with forte to bring the music industry into a new age; an age where art drives pop, and the artist once again is in control of the “icon.” ARTPOP could mean anything. But for Lady Gaga, this is a celebration of obsession.


About “Muppets Most Wanted”

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon. Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, “Muppets Most Wanted” hits the big screen March 21, 2014. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook:, and follow us on Twitter:

  • james

    Can’t wait!

  • Shepherd

    Why do I get the feeling that the mere presence of Lady Gaga is going to pis off that christian ladies group that hates everything on tv that isn’t rated TV-7?

  • LondonTown

    If it’s 9.30-11.00 what’s going to air beforehand? Thursdays on ABC don’t usually have half hour shows.

  • JoeHamm

    ABC’s done 90-minute Thanksgiving night specials the last three years. Clearly there’ll be an encore of either Modern Family or The Middle as the special’s lead in. Expect to see the Peanuts special at 8.

    I expect this to get as much as BAD25 earned in the same slot last Thanksgiving. Since mostly everyone who bothers to turn on their sets that night’ll be watching Steelers/Ravens, Gaga will be lucky to get a 1.5 at the highest.

    I’d rather see ABC re-air The Blind Side, or premiere a recent Disney feature like Alice in Wonderland, Tangled, TS3, Cars 2, any one of those films could pull up to 1.8 easy.

    Guess this makes it more certain I’ll be diving into a bunch of old MST3Ks for Turkey Day.

  • 728huey

    Outside of NFL games now airing on network TV in primetime on Thanksgiving night, Turkey Day evening is usually a sparsely watched TV night, as many families are either sleeping early to digest the huge feast they ate earlier or to get a jump on Black Friday sales. On top of that, it’s a massively huge night for our nation’s retailers to plaster their black Friday events. Of course now, it appears our nation’s retailers will probably be exasperatingly admonishing viewers for watching TV that night when they can be at their stores at that moment.

  • forg

    They should do a Miley special next since for better or for worse she’s the hot pop artist now lol

  • Douglas frm Brazil

    Gaga again?Why America just don’t rip her off the planet!

  • Wowza

    the quote fro Kermit. Lol. I now trust no statement from press releases .

  • Nick

    Good decision. Gaga’s last special for ABC’s was one of the highest rated Thanksgiving musical specials in recent history. With ARTPOP coming, Gaga is getting hot again. The Muppets should also bring a sizable audience. Can’t wait!

  • busy06

    I agree. GaGa is tired, if they wanted god ratings they should have got Miley. lol

  • Josh

    Can Kermit twerk though?

  • Nick

    Miley does not necessarily bring in ratings. Her MTV special did poorly. Her album sales were just okay. She’s not the “it” girl some of you are making her out to be lol

  • Bryer

    Gagas last thanksgiving special was the highest holiday special on abc ever. She will bring in good ratings again this year, no worries.

  • Paul

    What, where the Butthole Surfers not available?

  • bryer

    before you try and make a “funny comment”, learn to spell correctly.

  • Kyle

    The Muppets YAY

    Lady Gaga NO

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