1/30/1974 – ‘Air Valentine Show.’

The Muppet Valentine Show served as the first pilot for what Jim hoped would be a regular network show. Given how determined Jim was to get The Muppet Show on the air, he knew that this special was an extremely important step and could potentially convince ABC to back a primetime series. To that end, Jim carefully documented each element of the production in his journal. The airdate listed on January 30, 1974 was the 24th journal entry Jim made about the program. Leading up to it, he noted:

April 6, 1973 – Meet with Mike Eisner ABC – go ahead.
• July 23-27, 1973 – 1st Meeting w/writers Valentine Show – Will Glickman, Jerry Ross and Juhl.
• September 1973 – Get Mia Farrow.
• September 8-13, 1973 – To San Francisco – 2nd writer’s meeting.
October 1, 1973 – Lunch with Alan and Keith – firm them.
• October 2, 1973 – fly to San Francisco – 3rd writers.
• October 17, 1973 – record scrap track Valentine music.
• October 21, 1973 – Meet Mia at her house.
• November 9, 1973 – Will Glickman backs out.
• November 11 – Jerry Juhl and Ross arrive.
November 12, 1973 – Meet with Donald Brooks.
• November 19, 1973 – Begin rehearsals – Valentine Show.
• November 28, 1973 – Run thru.
• November 29, 1973 – Mia arrives.
• November 30, 1973 – Orchestra record.
• December 3, 1973 – Vocal.
• December 3-5, 1973 – VTR Mia and house.
December 11, 1983 – VTR Froggie and Koozebane.
December 20, 1973 – Start Ted Coconis on poster.
January 8-11,1974 – Edit Valentine Show at E.U.E.
• January 12, 1974 – have Party at house and screen show.
January 14-26, 1974 – Orlando – Tour for ABC – PR show. Miami (Douglas Show), Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, home, San Francisco, LA- do the Carlson Show with Dave G. – Floating Face, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Albuquerque.

Mia Farrow meets George the Janitor on The Muppet Valentine Show, 1973.

Read more from Jim Henson’s Red Book in Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal available from Chronicle Books.

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