The Muppets are to return to TV with their first primetime series since the late ’90s.
US network ABC has ordered what is being described as a “contemporary, documentary-style show” intended to appeal to “kids of all ages”, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series promises to lift the lid on the furry creatures’ personal lives and romantic relationships for the first time.
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 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 appearance came in last year’s Muppets Most Wanted, in which they were joined by Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey.
The Muppets aren’t the only Jim Henson crew set to experience a revival. In March it was announced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is to star and produce in a live-action Fraggle Rock movie.