ABC greenlights a strange new show about the Muppets

What exactly does this mean for Kermit et al.?


Curt Hopkins


Published May 8, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 9:17 pm CDT

Whether your Muppet fandom derives from Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, or the movies, you’ll be delighted to know that America’s most beloved puppets are coming back to television.

Whereas the original TV show was about garbage monsters and spelling, and the second one was about the sad siren song of the stage, the new documentary-style show on ABC will focus on “the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires.”

We’re still not sure what this means. Angrily horny Miss Piggy weeping into her frilly pillow as Kermit bangs Scooter? Fozie’s prescription pill addiction? Dr. Teeth buried up to his neck in the desert by a psychotic gangster?

According to Entertainment Weekly, the pilot, written by The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and Anger Management executive producer Bob Kushel, received a standing ovation when it was screened for ABC executives a few weeks ago.

The news confirms a rumor about a Muppets revival that circulated in early April. 

Photo via H. Michael Miley/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

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*First Published: May 8, 2015, 4:47 pm CDT