The Muppets premiere: Pictures of celebrities with Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog et al as new ABC show launches

Last night in the US (22 September), Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog and the rest of The Muppets returned to prime-time television for the first time in 17 years. The show, known simply as The Muppets (or 'the muppets.') is a mockumentary detailing the lives of the Muppet gang in 2015 as they attempt to cope with producing Up Late with Miss Piggy, a talk show hosted by the demanding porcine.

Reese Witherspoon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Lawrence, Sofía Vergara, Kerry Washington, and Liam Hemsworth are all lined up to appear in the series, broadcast on ABC, following in a long line of the great and good who have come into contact with Jim Henson's beloved creations. Here are some of our favourite pictures of celebrities and Muppets together.

Then president-elect Bill Clinton sings with wife Hillary and Kermit the Frog during the 1993 Presidential Inaugural Celebration for ChildrenJ.DAVID AKE/AFP/Getty Images
Flamboyant entetainer Liberace tinkles the ivories with some help from the Muppets' very own pianist, Rowlf the DogEvening Standard/Getty Images
First lady Michelle Obama welcomes Kermit the Frog to a screening of Muppets Most Wanted for military children in 2014Win McNamee/Getty Images
Professional wrestler The Miz, along with Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, perform at the the tenth annual WWE Tribute to the Troops in Norfolk, VirginiaKris Connor/Getty Images for WWE
Then mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg kisses Miss Piggy, as her boyfriend Kermit the Frog looks on in disgustJustin Sullivan/Getty Images
Reality TV icon Joey Essex poses with Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy at the UK premiere of the 2012 movie The MuppetsChris Jackson/Getty Images for Disney
Broadcaster Giles Brandreth poses with the original Fozzie Bear puppet, given to him by Muppets' creator Jim Henson, before it was auctioned off in 2006Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Robert de Niro and Kermit the Frog attend the premiere of The Muppets Wizard of Oz Evan Agostini/Getty Images
Actor Jon Voight performs during the 25th anniversary of The Muppet Show in 2001Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Kermit the Frog, Willie Nelson and Judy Collins hang out at the Song Writers Hall of Fame Awards in 2001Scott Gries/ImageDirect
Kermit The Frog and actress and animal rights activist Tippi Hedren appear at a press conference on Capitol Hill in 2000 to support legislation restricting the sale of protected wild animalsLUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images
Liza Minnelli, along with Kermit the Frog and Zoot, on the set of The Muppets TV show in 1979Central Press/Getty Images

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