After the recent success of their movies, Disney (via ABC) has decided to go ahead with a new primetime Muppet show! Called The Muppets, it is billed as a more “adult” show and will be done similarly to The Office and other mockumentary TV shows. According to ABC:
The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires.
The new show is slated to air at 8pm on Tuesdays, just before Fresh of the Boat, which has been pushed back to make room for it. It will be written by its executive producers Bill Prady (of The Big Bang Theory) and Bob Kushell (of Anger Management).
The Muppet Show originally aired from 1976 to 1981 and was a comedy and variety show featuring celebrity guests and “behind the scenes” shorts where the zany personalities of the Muppets themselves always led to a bit of chaos and fun.
I have to say, as a long-time Muppets fan, I’m having a lot of mixed feelings about this. The Muppets have always been a bit adult, of course, and the slightly winkwink-nudgenudge humor in the 70s was what made them so appealing, but I’m not sure how well their humor will translate into this form. On the other hand, The Muppets traditionally shine brightest in short form and sketches, so this could do very well.
You can check out the trailer, and let me know what you think about the upcoming show!