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Porker Face? Lady Gaga teams with Miss Piggy, Kermit for Muppets Christmas special

Are you ready for a kinder, gentler, fuzzier Lady Gaga? The Born This Way singer will trade in a meat dress for a felt one when she teams with Jim Henson's lovable gang for Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular, which will air Thanksgiving night (Nov. 28) on ABC. Yep, Kermit & Co. have come a long, weird way since busting out carols with John Denver.

We love this idea, of course, and it's a smart PR move for Gaga, who's been so flippin' weird lately to the point of alienating certain fans. With new album ARTPOP arriving in stores Nov. 8, and first single Applause performing well if not gangbusters, she needs the chummy, I'm-not-totally-bonkers boost. (She's actually leaned on Muppet love before: She strutted a dress made of Kermit heads on a German TV show, and even took the frog himself as her date to the 2009 MTV VMAs.)

Special guests Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, RuPaul and Kristen Bell will also appear on the offbeat variety show. All of this sounds wackably grand save for one lil' complaint: The 90-minute special doesn't start until 9:30 Thanksgiving night -- not exactly prime family hour. C'mon, Lady G, even my no-good kids will be asleep by then!