It is time again for our holiday huddle, and we’re going to start with something nutty.
It comes Thanksgiving night in the form of “Lady Gaga & the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular” (9:30 p.m., ABC). Even if you’re not a Lady Gaga fan (Remember, just when we feared the Earth was almost out of lyrics, she came up with “Ga-ga, Ooh-La-La”), you can’t go wrong with 90 minutes of Muppets.
And, personally, I don’t think you can go wrong with Gaga. Great pipes. Odd personality. In fact, on the intellectual spectrum of live entertainers, she almost lands in the Muppet realm herself.
In this Muppet show, Gaga comes to croon holiday favorites and hit on Kermit, thus arousing the jealous porcine passion of Miss Piggy. It’s one of those situations that kept Ann Landers in business for so many years.
Filling out the flesh-and-blood portion of the cast is Sir Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, RuPaul and Kristen Bell. On the hands-in-their-heads side of the ensemble, we get the Swedish Chef, Animal and Beaker.
This will beat camping out in the cold at a shopping center in hopes of snagging a $79 flat screen. Trust me.
It is also one of the few new entries in the holiday lineup this year. People tend to like the shows they grew up with – Charlie Brown and the old Rankin-Bass classics continue to draw a crowd decades after they were created.
Elsewhere on your holiday TV menu: