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Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock | A Nostalgic Return to Television

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Let’s all put on our radish hats and dance the cares away, as Jim Henson’s fun-loving, musical Fraggles are back! Join Gobo, Red, Wembley, Mokey, Boober, and new Fraggle friends on hilarious, epic adventures about the magic that happens when we celebrate and care for our interconnected world.

The highly-anticipated reboot of the beloved classic series reunites these characters and unearths them on Apple TV+ Friday, January 21st, 2022. The new series from The Jim Henson Company consists of 13 incredible and entertaining episodes that are Fun and Educational for the whole family alike, as each episode features an important lesson that the Fraggle Five learn and ultimately accept. Important topics covered in these episodes are, for example, being able to see the fun in things, making the right choice, embracing your uniqueness, and showing that there is nothing wrong with who you are.

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Of course, all of this is combined with catchy music and dance numbers, as singing and dancing are what a Fraggle does best. Fraggles explore their feelings, work through problems, and grow their minds and bodies through music so when a song comes on they celebrate. Parents will be able to show their kids how to clap, walk and move to the beat and ultimately learn the rhythm.

The show, which had originally run in the 1980s perfectly captures the nostalgia that the original series had. We travel through Fraggle Rock and venture into Doozer headquarters, Royal Radish Garden, many, many caves, and outer space as Uncle Traveling Matt would call it. This epic journey shows our favourite characters interacting and trying to co-exist with the Gorgs, Doozers, and Kraggles.

Gobo Fraggle (John Tartaglia) is one of the five main Fraggles in Fraggle Rock. He is an explorer, just like his Uncle Traveling Matt. Whereas Matt explores our world aka “Outer Space”, Gobo devotes himself to the exploration of Fraggle Rock’s many caverns and uncharted regions. Gobo is also the only Fraggle who is brave enough to go into Doc’s (Lilli Cooper) makeshift laboratory to pick up his uncle’s postcards and artefacts whilst evading Doc’s dog Sprocket. Whenever his friends are in trouble, Gobo finds inspiration in these postcards.

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Red Fraggle (Karen Prell) is athletic and energetic. She likes to think of herself as the fastest and strongest Fraggle in the rock. She is highly competitive with her friends as during the series can cause extreme interpersonal problems. Many of the characters in Fraggle Rock have a share of insecurities, Red especially hates to admit her mistakes. She absolutely loves sports, especially diving and swimming.

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In this revival series, Mokey (Donna Kimball) is given a makeover. Her hair becomes a vibrant cerulean and is pulled into a bushy ponytail. She wears a necklace with multiple trinkets, her eyes are more fully open which allows her to blink, thanks to the eyelid mechanism, and her grey sweater is replaced with a green blouse. She is a dreamer and is in touch with her creative side as she loves painting, writing, poems, and meditating. She is very emotionally connected with others and is always ready to help a friend in need.

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Wembley (Jordan Lockheart) is the youngest Fraggle of the group. He is cheerful and energetic, but also very insecure. He usually agrees with everybody at the same time, because he hates to argue. Wembley also never seems to make up his mind, he even has trouble deciding what shirt to wear, although he owns only two, which are identical.

Boober (Voiced by Dave Goelz-puppetry by Frank Meschkuleit) tends to not like fun and games too much, and when he’s not worried about himself, he’s busy warning others. He is easily frightened and suffers from a variety of phobias, but because of his fears, he is very knowledgeable about health and superstition. Aside from his friends, there are two things in life that Boober is very fond of: laundry and cooking. Boober is very much a Cave Fraggle as he lives in his own little hole. I resonate and relate to Boober!!.

During each of the 13 episodes, we are treated to segments of Uncle Traveling Matt’s journey as he ventured out of the Rock to explore the Human world of Outer Space. To document his exploits, Matt sends Gobo a series of postcards and artefacts recounting his experiences with the silly creatures and their culture particularly from the Fraggle point of view. The use of Fraggle Vocabulary is fantastic and hilarious throughout the series as Uncle Traveling Matt comes up with these wacky and unique names for ordinary objects that we use in our day-to-day life. Uncle Matt prides himself on his bravery and resourcefulness, but also tends towards clumsiness, frequently falling backward or tripping during his travels.

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Living amongst the Fraggles inside Fraggle Rock is the Doozers. They’re tiny green creatures who usually sport construction helmets, boots, and tool belts. Doozers stand approximately knee-high to a Fraggle. Unlike the Fraggles, Doozers love to work all day long, and they hate playing games. They are by far the most technologically advanced race within the Rock as they use machinery to build. Most Doozers are construction workers, while others are architects and miners. They build these elaborate contraptions that tower over Fraggle Rock.

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Their building materials, Doozer sticks, are made of Radish dust and are the Fraggles’ favourite snack, as they love to eat the buildings that the Doozers build. Cotterpin is one of the few Doozers who likes to communicate with her neighbours.

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Living above Fraggle Rock is a family of Gorgs, who are giant creatures that live in a rundown castle. Junior Gorg (Voice and face by Dan Garza- body by Ben Durocher) is the son of Pa and Ma Gorg, the self-acclaimed king, and queen of the universe. Junior is given a number of chores to do around the house and garden, he’s also trying his best to keep a watchful eye out for those Fraggles. Junior is proud of his Gorg heritage as he’s always eager to please his parents. Even when he doesn’t understand the orders they give him.

Throughout the world of Fraggle Rock and the characters who inhabit the lands, ultimately Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock tells viewers that no two paths are the same, that we are not defined by our mistakes, and if we work all together, no matter our differences we can change the world.

Jim Henson’s spirit and what he stood for truly shines throughout each of the thirteen episodes. Fraggle Rock wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the amazing puppeteers who I can tell have poured their heart and soul into creating this loveable series that will ultimately create a path for a new generation of dreamers.

The reboot will also feature a number of new Fraggles and Doozers voiced by special guests.

“Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock” is executive produced by The Jim Henson Company’s Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford, and longtime Henson collaborator John Tartaglia. Matt Fusfeld and Alex Cuthbertson, who serve as showrunners, also executive produce, alongside New Regency’s Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer. Co-executive producers are Dave Goelz and Karen Prell, and executive music producer is Harvey Mason Jr. The series is produced by Ritamarie Peruggi.

Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock premieres on Apple TV+ on January 21st.

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Kermit the Frog and his nephew Robin (from Disney’s The Muppets) returns into Fraggle Rock where they meet the Fraggles again?!

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In a retro-futuristic world, charismatic salesman Jack Billings leads a team of fellow sales associates determined to revitalize their customers’ lives by hawking timeshares on the moon.

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Billy Crudup, Will Fitz, Jon Riddleberger

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In a retro-futuristic world, charismatic salesman Jack Billings leads a team of fellow sales associates determined to revitalize their customers’ lives by hawking timeshares on the moon.

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Ruth Negga Set to Co-Star with Jake Gyllenhaal in AppleTV+ Series, ‘Presumed Innocent’

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After the holiday season, we finally have some news to report in the world of film and television! According to an exclusive from Deadline, Oscar-nominated actress Ruth Negga (Loving, Passing) is set to co-star in the AppleTV+ series, Presumed Innocent along with Jake Gyllenhaal.

Negga will join the ranks of many other stars recently attaching themselves to Apple streaming series including Brie Larson, Meryl Streep, Edward Norton and Harrison Ford. Interestingly enough, Presumed Innocent is a television adaptation of the 1990 film starring the latter Ford, whose part will be played by Gyllenhaal in the series for the streamer. The series follows a horrifying murder that takes place in Chicago when the Chicago’s Prosecutor’s Office gets turned upside down when one of its own becomes the prime suspect. Negga will play Barbara Sabich, an artist, gallerist, mother and wife who is married to Gyllenhaal’s character. The role of Barbara was played by Bonnie Bedelia in the original movie.

The series, which has been a hot package since Gyllenhaal has been in discussions to star, is also set to have creative forces such as David E. Kelley and J.J. Abrams behind it. Kelley will act as showrunner, writer and executive producer for the show while Abrams will also act as an executive producer. Anne Sewitsky (A Very British Scandal, Black Mirror) will direct the first two episodes. 

Negga most recently earned a Tony nomination for her role in Macbeth on Broadway alongside Daniel Craig. She also has an Oscar-nomination for her starring role in Loving. Negga last starred in Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut, Passing, in 2021 and will also star in Dan Levy’s directorial debut, Good Grief which is currently filming. 

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Matt Damon and Casey Affleck to Reunite for Heist Film, ‘The Instigators’ at Apple

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After previously collaborating in the Ocean’s trilogy and Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon (The Martian, The Departed) and Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea, Gone Baby Gone) are set to lead another heist film for Apple titled The Instigators. According to an exclusive from Deadline, the two actors will star in the film as two thieves who must go on the run with one of their therapists after a bank robbery gone wrong. It truly sounds like a mixture of the heist elements of the Ocean’s films with some therapeutic elements reminiscent of Good Will Hunting along the way whilst on the run.

While there are no casting details on who will be the therapist this time around, we can confirm that Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity) will direct the film. The package was highly coveted by multiple streamers with Apple putting up the cash to make the deal happen and bring in even more star power to their Apple Original Films banner. It’s a good relationship to get started as Damon and Casey’s big brother, Ben Affleck recently announced their new production banner, Artists Equity with The Instigators being announced as one of their first projects in development. Chuck MacLean, who created the recently cancelled Boston-set cop drama, City on a Hill, will write the script.

 Damon has always been very active in the film industry, but his upcoming slate is one that would excite almost any movie fan. First, Damon will appear in the Christopher Nolan atomic bomber biopic, Oppenheimer, where Peaky Blinders star, Cillian Murphy plays the titular J. Robert Oppenheimer. Damon is just one of the stars of the remarkable ensemble that has been assembled by Nolan which also includes Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Emily Blunt, Gary Oldman, Casey Affleck and Rami Malek, just to name a few. Additionally, the first project announced for the Artists Equity production company, is Air Jordan, a film in which Ben Affleck and Damon play the shoe salesmen who helped lure Michael Jordan to Nike. The latter will be the first feature directed by Affleck since his gangster flick, Live by Night back in 2016.

On the other hand, Casey Affleck, who won the Academy Award for Lead Actor for his performance in Manchester by the Sea has mostly floated under the radar since then. The younger Affleck does have a two-hander music biopic, Dreamin’ Wild in the can co-starring with Zooey Deschanel that is awaiting wide release. He’s also set to lead the next Joe Wright film, Stoner and star alongside Laurence Fishburne in the sci-fi film, Slingshot.

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