Much-loved TV puppets Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy have announced their split ahead of a reboot of Jim Henson’s famous The Muppet Show.
Set to debut on ABC this autumn, the show – rebranded as The Muppets – will be the furry creatures’ first primetime series since the late ’90s. According to its recently released trailer (watch below), the series is being conceived as a “contemporary, documentary-style show” which will apparently “lift the lid” on the Muppets’ personal lives and romantic relationships for the first time.
Ahead of its September premiere, the show’s main two characters have released a joint statement via Facebook confirming their break-up. “After careful thought, thoughtful consideration and considerable squabbling, [we] have made the difficult decision to terminate our romantic relationship,” the messages begin.
“We will continue to work together on television (The Muppets/Tuesdays 8pm this fall on ABC) and in all media now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, throughout the universe. However, our personal lives are now distinct and separate, and we will be seeing other people, pigs, frogs, et al. This is our only comment on this private matter… unless we get the right offer. Thank you for your understanding.”
See the statements in full beneath.
The new series featuring Jim Henson’s much-loved characters is being steered by Bill Prady, co-creator of The Big Bang Theory, and Bob Kushell, formerly an executive producer on 3rd Rock From The Sun. Prady is a longtime Muppets writer who scripted the 1990 TV special The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson.
The Muppets were last seen on TV with Lady Gaga in a one-off 2013 special titled Lady Gaga And The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular. Their most recent film appearances came in last year’s Muppets Most Wanted, in which they were joined by Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey, and 2011’s The Muppets co-starring Jason Segel.
The Muppets aren’t the only Jim Henson crew set to enjoy a revival. In March it was announced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is to star and produce in a live-action Fraggle Rock movie.