The Muppets are coming back to television! ABC has greenlit a new Muppets show, helmed by Bill Prady, producer of The Big Bang Theory, and Bob Kushell, writer for Anger Management and The Simpsons. The new series will be in the style of a mockumentary and catered a bit more towards adults and focus on the inner struggles and turmoils of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, and all the others. TIME has a brief summary of what we can expect:
For the first time ever, the series will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires—a more adult Muppet show, for kids of all ages. The recent pilot presentation, we’re told, received a standing ovation when it screened for ABC executives a couple weeks ago. Bill Prady and Bob Kushell are co-writers and executive producers alongside Randall Einhorn and Bill Barretta.
TIME also reports that the pilot episode received a standing ovation when it screened for ABC executives a couple of weeks ago.
It seems like a promising idea. Though children might be entertained by their colorful antics, the Muppets’ sense of humor has had a tendency to fly right over their heads. With the kiddie gloves off, there’s potential to explore some really interesting themes and ideas. Though, who really knows what ‘more adult’ means. Are the Muppets suffering from drug problems? Sex addictions? Will the ‘F-Bomb’ be dropped on regular occasion? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.