Lady Gaga teaming with The Muppets for ABC holiday special

On Thanksgiving night, Nov. 28, ABC will debut Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular, a 90-minute special that the network says will offer an “avant-garde twist” on the concept of the classic holiday variety show. So it might be best if you left your memories of the old John Denver/Muppets specials behind right now.

A press release says that in the Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular, Lady Gaga will go backstage with The Muppets, and they combine forces to sing holiday favorites and Lady Gaga hits.

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“I was so excited when ABC called me about doing a holiday special this year,” said Lady Gaga as quoted in the release. “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!”

For his part, Kermit the Frog was quoted as saying, “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 will feature Lady Gaga performing songs from her new album, ARTPOP, with highlights including a duet between Gaga and Kermit, a rendition of Gaga’s “Applause” with special Muppet guests, and performance duets with Sir Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and RuPaul. Kristen Bell is appearing in a special sketch alongside The Muppets and Lady Gaga, and the Swedish Chef, Beaker and Animal will perform special Muppet renditions of holiday classics “Deck the Halls” and “Jingle Bells.”

During the program, there will be a sneak peek at the upcoming movie Muppets Most Wanted, which also features Lady Gaga, in a cameo, and will hit theaters in March.

Ninety minutes may be pushing it for a holiday special, but I’m willing to give The Muppets the benefit of the doubt.

Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular premieres Nov. 28 at 9:30pm ET on ABC.

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Lady Gaga and Kermit the Frog: Rick Rowell/ABC