The Muppets are putting on a show in first trailer for their new ABC series

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May 12, 2015, 4:52 PM EDT (Updated)

A little more than a month ago, we got the news that ABC and producers Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory) and Bob Kushell (3rd Rock From the Sun) were developing a new pilot for a Muppets revival series, the first since Muppets Tonight went off the air in 1998. Given the big-screen success the classic Jim Henson creations have had in recent years, it made sense, and we were eager to see the fruits of it. Now we know that the series really is happening, and we have the first trailer to prove it.

As previously reported, the show will follow the Muppets as they attempt to develop and put on a brand-new TV series, complete with backstage interviews and other shenanigans. Kermit, Gonzo, Fozzie and the rest of the gang are all on board and working hard. There's just one problem: Miss Piggy doesn't seem interested. 

The trailer presents all of this in the form of the Muppets sitting around a conference table and pitching ideas, intercut with shots of those ideas in action. The footage has an interesting 30 Rock meets The Office meets something that's uniquely Muppets vibe, and while it's unlike anything these characters have been through before, I'm interested to see where it goes. After all, half the fun of The Muppet Show is seeing the backstage moments at the theater, so we could consider this the next evolution of that idea. Plus, it's just fun to see everyone together again. They're all here: Dr. Teeth, Beaker, Animal, Sam the Eagle, Rowlf and many more. Even Statler and Waldorf are back, and while they're not in their traditional theater box, they do still hate the show.
Check out the trailer below:

The Muppets will air Tuesdays this fall on ABC. Are you excited?

(Via YouTube)