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Spotting the Oklahoma stars as Disney+ starts streaming 'The Muppet Show' and 4 more Oklahoma entertainment headlines

"The Muppet Show" is now streaming on Disney+. [Disney+ photo]
"The Muppet Show" is now streaming on Disney+. [Disney+ photo]

Spot Oklahoma stars Roy Clark, Roger Miller and Tony Randall on 'The Muppet Show' on Disney+

With the eagerly awaited streaming release of "The Muppet Show" Friday on Disney+, here's an episode guide to the Oklahoma celebrities who appeared on the classic 1976-1981 television series:

Roy Clark: Season 3, Episode 2 - "It's a far cry from Oklahoma," quips the talented Tulsan when he ponders where the chaps are for his cowboy getup and a couple of Muppets with high-brow British accents show up. The "Hee Haw" host shows off his comedic timing, his impressive skills as a multi-instrumentalist and his fine singing voice on the episode. The highlight involves Clark playing banjo, mandolin, guitar and violin and even trumpet as well as singing "Rocky Top."

Roger Miller: Season 3, Episode 22 - Another country music icon, Roger Miller, who grew up in Erick, proves an excellent match for the Muppets' unhinged humor, glibly going along as an outbreak of "cluckitis" starts turning all the show's felt stars into chickens, to the delight of Gonzo and the horror of Kermit.

The show includes an excellent medley of Miller's fantastically nonsensical tunes "Do-Wacka-Do," "My Uncle Used to Love Me But She Died," "Dang Me" and personal favorite "You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd" surrounded by Muppet chickens, but even that can't top the pure surreal delight of watching Miller sing "In the Summertime" in a three-piece gray suit - complete with top hat and gloves - accompanied by a band of Muppet watermelons. 

Tony Randall: Season 5, Episode 5 - The debonair six-time Golden Globe nominee and Tulsa native, who is perhaps best remembered for playing Felix Unger on "The Odd Couple" TV show, is another who gamely plays along with the Muppets' hilarious antics. The running gag of the episode is that Randall's plans to do a magic act on the show are upended when he accidentally turns Miss Piggy into a stone statue and can't figure out how to change her back.
Randall's finely honed skills as a straight man are in full force by the episode's finale, when he tries to dramatically recite J. Milton Hayes' epic poem "The Green Eye of the Yellow God" as a football team chases Miss Piggy across the stage singing the University of Wisconsin fight song.

Sadly, all three of the Oklahomans who appeared on "The Muppet Show" are no longer with us - Clark died in 2018 at the age of 85, Miller died in 1992 at 56 and Randall died in 2004 at 84 - but it's lovely that the Disney+ revival gives another chance to appreciate their talents.

Zachary Levi appears in a promotional image for "Heroes Reborn." [NBC photo]
Zachary Levi appears in a promotional image for "Heroes Reborn." [NBC photo]

'American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story,' shooting in OKC, seeking football players and coaches as extras

The makers of the upcoming movie "American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story" issued over the weekend a casting call for extras to play big, beefy football players as well as coaches, trainers, security guards and press corps Thursday in football scenes for the biopic, now filming in Oklahoma City.

As previously reported, "American Underdog" stars Zachary Levi ("Shazam!," the upcoming Oklahoma-made movie "The Unbreakable Boy") as two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback. Dennis Quaid (the Oklahoma-made movies "I Can Only Imagine" and the upcoming "Reagan") and Oscar winner Anna Paquin ("The Piano," "X-Men," "True Blood") co-star. The film is directed by The Erwin Brothers ("I Can Only Imagine").

Pay for extras is a guarantee of $80 per day for up to eight hours of filming, and anything over eight hours will incur additional compensation. Anyone selected to be an extra in this film must be tested for COVID-19 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday at the production's facility in downtown Oklahoma City. For more information, go to

Trevor Donovan [Hallmark Channel photo]
Trevor Donovan [Hallmark Channel photo]

Oklahoma-made movie 'Reagan' adds Trevor Donovan to cast

Trevor Donovan, who has starred in the TV teen drama “90210," the soap opera "Days of Our Lives" and several Hallmark Channel movies, has been added to the burgeoning cast of the upcoming biopic "Reagan," which is filming largely in Oklahoma.

As previously reported, "Reagan,"which filmed in fall in Guthrie, tells the story of a young boy who escapes poverty, goes to Hollywood and ultimately becomes the 40th president of the United States, ready to take on the Soviet Union. It stars two-time Golden Globe nominee Dennis Quaid (the Oklahoma movies "I Can Only Imagine" and upcoming "American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story") as Ronald Reagan, Golden Globe nominee Penelope Ann Miller ("Carlito's Way," "The Freshman") as Nancy Reagan and Oscar winner Jon Voight ("Deliverance," "Coming Home") as a fictional KGB agent who trails Reagan throughout his political career.

Donovan will play President Reagan’s longest-serving Secret Service agent John Barletta, Variety reports.

The trade publication also reports that “Reagan” did some filming at the former president’s ranch outside of Santa Barbara, California. It’s the first film to ever lens on the property where Reagan resided.

Producer Mark Joseph told me in a recent interview that the production will return to Oklahoma when the weather warms to shoot outdoor water scenes from Reagan's youth, when he worked as a lifeguard in Dixon, Illinois.
Although a release date has yet to be announced, “Reagan” is expected to debut in early 2022, according to Variety.

Click here to read more of my interview with Quaid and Joseph about "Reagan." 

Blake Shelton tells Colbert that his Super Bowl commercial is the biggest thing he's ever done

The producers of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" have released an extended version of the CBS talk show host's interview earlier this month with Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton.

Although the Ada native has been racking up chart-toppers and award nominations for 20 years in the music business, he tells Colbert that nothing compares to the response he has received to the hilarious Super Bowl commercial Shelton starred in with his fiancee Gwen Stefani and his "The Voice" pal Adam Levine.

"My phone was on fire. It was melting that night," Shelton tells Colbert. You can watch the Super Bowl commercial here. 

The Tishomingo also dishes with Colbert about the complications of planning a wedding during the COVID-19 pandemic, including their plans to include both their families and Stefani's children from her previous marriage to Gavin Rossdale and his plans to lose weight for the nuptials, egged on by his fellow country star and pal Luke Bryan.

Bartees Strange [Bao Ngo photo]
Bartees Strange [Bao Ngo photo]

NPR celebrates Black History Month with a Bartees Strange Tiny Desk Concert

NPR Music's Tiny Desk series has been celebrating Black History Month in February with Tiny Desk (home) concerts showcasing Black artists, and the episode spotlighting Bartees Strange, a rising Oklahoma-grown indie music star who broke out last year with a highly esteemed debut album, debuted this morning.

As previously reported, Strange - a musician and activist who was born in Britain, grew up in Mustang and is now based in Washington, D.C. - earned widespread acclaim with first LP, "Live Forever," released last fall via Memory Music.

The set list for the Tiny Desk Concert includes Strange's hometown hat-tip "Mustang," "Boomer," "In A Cab" and "Flagey God." You can watch it here, but fair warning, it contains explicit language:

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"The Muppet Show" is now streaming on Disney+. [Disney+ photo]

"The Muppet Show" is now streaming on Disney+. [Disney+ photo]

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Brandy McDonnell

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