A Muppet Surprise

Kermit and friends star in the season premiere of Good Luck Charlie

Apr 26, 2013 | By TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton
ADAM TAYLOR-DISNEY CHANNEL

The Muppets appear to Teddy (Bridgit Mendler) in a dream in the seaon 4 premiere of Good Luck Charlie

The Muppets have a message for Teddy (Bridgit Mendler) of Good Luck Charlie.  In season 4, they appear to her in a dream and sing a song that teaches her to appreciate her family home and the memories it holds.

The Muppets appear to Teddy (Bridgit Mendler) in a dream in the seaon 4 premiere of Good Luck, Charlie.
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TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton (right) meets with the cast of Good Luck Charlie on the set of the Disney Channel show to chat about the fourth season premiere.

“We wanted to do something quirky for the first episode,” Mendler told TFK. “We wanted to explain how the Duncans choose their house and this was the way that we did it.”

Magnificent Muppets

Fans of the show know that season 3 ended with the family staying in a hotel after termites invaded their house. Bob Duncan (Eric Allan Kramer), a bug exterminator, accidentally let them free. The Duncans have big dreams for their next house. But the Muppets help them realize that their dream house is the one they have always lived in as a family.

"It was cool getting to work with the Muppets," says Mendler.  "It was interesting because I got to see how the [puppeteers] make them move. I felt like I was being let in on a big secret."

Not every cast member was lucky enough to be in the scene with the Muppets, but they were all thrilled with having them as guest stars. "The Muppets are universally appealing, so they were perfect to be on Good Luck Charlie because that's what we try to be as well," said Jason Dolley, who plays older brother PJ Duncan.

The cast didn’t want to reveal too much about the actual Muppet scene. But they did say that it includes an original Muppet-ational song-and-dance number with Mendler and Leigh-Allyn Baker. Baker plays Amy Duncan, the kids’ mother.       

 “At first, I felt there wasn't enough room for me and Miss Piggy in one episode,” Baker told TFK. “But then I decided, ‘You know what? Take pity on the pig and let her do a show.’"

What’s New?

First of all, if you’ve never seen an episode of Good Luck Charlie, here’s what it’s about. The show centers around young Charlie Duncan who is growing up with unpredictable parents and siblings. Her older sister Teddy ends each episode with an entry in a video diary. Someday, when Charlie is old enough, Teddy hopes this diary will help her sister navigate family life.

TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton meets with Bridgit Mendler on the set of Good Luck, Charlie.
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TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton meets with Bridgit Mendler on the set of Good Luck, Charlie.

Season 4 will again focus on the family’s interactions and conflicts. Plus, the newest little Duncan, Toby, is sure to shake things up a bit. There's also a new employee at Bob's Bugs-Be-Gone who thinks he knows bugs better than Bob. The new employee will provide a love interest for Teddy now that Spencer (Shane Harper), her previous boyfriend, has moved away.

Over the past few years, each of the children has grown and matured in unexpected ways. Season 4 promises more zany adventures in the Duncan household.

"The thing about the Duncans is that no matter what happens to them, they are the Duncan family," said Eric Allan Kramer. He plays Bob the exterminator. "We're not wizards, we're not going to other planets, we're not going back in time. We're just a family that loves each other and tries to do the best they can."          

Are you ready to check out Good Luck Charlie? Tune in to Disney Channel to see the season premiere on April 28.