The fuzzy fan favorites are already enjoying a semi-resurgence on the big screen, and now ABC is aiming to bring the Muppets back to prime time.
Deadline reports that ABC is eyeing a new comedy pilot featuring the Muppets, which could (at least according to an initial pitch) apparently be set behind the scenes of a late-night talk show featuring the Muppets. Think, like, the Muppets with a dash 30 Rock and Greg the Bunny, kind of? Maybe? Honestly, as weird as that sounds, it could actually work. Let’s just hope it's better than the late 1990s offering Muppets Tonight, at least.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pilot will pick up with mainstays Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and Animal meeting at ABC Studios about launching a new series, but the deal hinges on Miss Piggy signing on. Cue wackiness with Kermit, etc. The pilot will also apparently feature some celebrity cameos (which is par for the course), as well as new characters such as Fozzie's girlfriend and her parents.
As if The Muppets brand weren't enough of a draw, the pilot pitch is being written by Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and veteran comedy producer Bob Kushell (Suburgatory, 3rd Rock from the Sun). Prady also brings a ton of Muppets experience, having written for several Muppets specials over the years. Behind the scenes, The Muppet Studios (which is owned by Disney as of 2004) will co-produce along with ABC Studios. So, yeah: The Disney synergy machine at work.
After seeing Disney’s ambitious plans take flight for brands like Marvel and Star Wars, it’s no surprise to see the company doubling down on The Muppets. They’ve already cranked out a few theatrical flicks (with varying degrees of success, admittedly), and TV seems like the next logical extension. Especially considering, you know, that’s where the Muppets got their start.
What would you like to see from a new primetime Muppets series?