Though the big, flashy sci-fi fare stole most of the headlines last week, there were a fair share of other panels held at San Diego Comic-Con — and some of them were Muppet-related.
The team behind ABC’s upcoming The Muppets series was on hand at the convention to talk up the live-action prime-time project, which will be a 30 Rock-meets-The Muppets take on a late night show. It’s an interesting pitch, and with co-creator Bill Prady (Big Bang Theory) pulling the strings, it could hit the sweet spot and be a surprise hit this fall.
The panel featured Prady, executive producers Bob Kushell, Randall Einhorn and Bill Barretta and voice talent Steve Whitmire (Kermit), Dave Goelz (Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat), Eric Jacobson (Miss Piggy and Fozzie) and Bill Barretta (Pepe and Rowlf the Dog). The gang talks up the concept behind the series and even trotted out a few of the Muppets to open up about the insanity.
Here’s how Prady explained the series and what they're trying to achieve:
“The trick of the show, if it works, is to make it feel for the first time that you’re seeing the Muppets in our world. There’s no barrier in the world that they’re in and the world that we’re in There’s a whole aspect of their personal lives that we don’t know and we’re trying to construct personal lives for them that match the stuff that we do know.”
Check out the full panel below and let us know what you think. The studio also showed the 10-minute pitch reel they used to sell the series, but sadly, that wasn’t released online.
The Muppets premieres Sept. 22 on ABC.