As Miss Piggy would say, “Oh Kermie,” you have returned to us once again. The idea that the Muppets are making a comeback isn’t exactly a bold, new-idea. In fact it’s the plot of almost every movie that the adorable creatures have starred in over the past thirty years, but it’s true, the Muppets are coming back to television.
The original ‘The Muppet Show’ ran from 1976 through 1981 and since its cancellation the Muppets have been on countless adventures, including a few animated series, several major-films and have been through some serious rebranding and restructuring with Walt Disney Studios.
Now the Muppets are making another comeback, this time to the very stage that introduced them to America, on primetime television. The new series will be a, “contemporary, documentary-style show that, for the first time ever, will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships.” This according to the official synopsis of the series released by ABC, along with the teaser-image that you see above.
Documentary-style series are still going strong, thanks to previous hits like ‘The Office,’ and newer shows like ‘Modern Family’ (also on ABC). The Muppets docu-series will show life on-stage and off, “as well as romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires.” It’s a bold new step for our beloved little Kermie, but nothing that Kermit and friends haven’t tackled in their films.
The new series is being called “a more adult Muppet show” by ABC, but still safe for kids of all ages. Bill Prady (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Bob Kushell (“Anger Management”) are co-writers and executive producers. Randall Einhorn and Bill Barretta are also executive producers.
ABC will announced a premiere date for the series over the next few weeks, more information on the guest-cast will be announced at that time. “The Muppets” is produced by ABC Studios and The Muppets Studio.