ABC Eyes ‘Muppet Show’ Reboot

The Muppet Show Reboot
Courtesy of Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment

Perhaps it’s easier being green than we were told?

ABC is considering bringing back the Muppets and will soon shoot a pilot presentation under the working title “Muppets 2015.” Fittingly, the logline reads that “The Muppets excitedly gather at ABC for a meeting about the new Muppet Show. However, the show will not move forward unless Miss Piggy signs on.”

“The Big Bang Theory” co-creator Bill Prady, who spent his early days writing for the Muppets and received an Emmy nomination for co-writing a tribute to Muppets creator Jim Henson, will be exec producing the project. He is co-writing with Bob Kushell (“The Simpsons”), who will serve as showrunner and is also exec producing.

“Muppet Show” aired on Britain’s ITV from 1976 to 1981. ABC aired “Muppets Tonight” in 1996 and NBC aired “The Jim Henson Hour” in 1989. Neither were on the air for long. There have also been multiple Muppets movies, most recently 2014’s “Muppets Most Wanted.”

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  1. Samantha America says:

    Joke? more remakes and unoriginality from Hollweirdos and progressives in media! This is just more
    of the brainwashing crap for kids by NPR and progressives for kids! My family won’t be watching!


  3. sherry says:

    This would be a great addition to prime time TV and I’m sure they can find writers that could come up with great and witty banter for these fuzzy and loveable characters who make fun of their guests and pop culture.

  4. Carl says:

    Family entertainment on a network? Is this an April Fool’s joke?

  5. C’mon. You’re “Variety”. Surely you know the difference between a revival and a reboot. I find it *very* hard to believe this would be a reboot.

  6. Tasha says:

    What made it work was Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and the imaginative, creative crew they assembled. No one has the same sense of humor Jim had. This isn’t going to work.

  7. Bubbles says:

    A new Muppet show? After their last movie flopped?

    I think people got their nostalgia fix with the first film. Can’t see this lasting very long.

    • Ryan says:

      Not as many people saw it, but “Muppets Most Wanted” was funnier and more clever than “The Muppets.” If the new TV show can reach similar levels of comedy, it’ll be in good shape.

      • Bethany says:

        Muppets Most Wanted was TERRIBLE. My kids and I left the theater early – and at those prices, that’s not a usual thing with us.

        I think we’re done with Muppets at my house.

    • Katen says:

      Purposely random comedy. That’s what made it work. Jim Henson was the heart, but his sense of humor dies still love through those who knew him and his style. If they channel this and allow the fun to just happen on its own, it has potential.

      ABC however (aka Disney) does not like random. They like to force scripted crap down our throats and tell us we like it. Here’s hoping.

  8. cadavra says:

    “Muppets Tonight!” ran two seasons. By today’s standards that’s a hit!

  9. David Fell says:

    ITV was only one of the original producers of the Muppet Show. The other was the CBS Owned Television Stations (rather than the network itself); it aired on all CBS-owned stations in the US and other stations in syndication.

  10. Gabe says:

    I be excited for this

  11. Maurice says:

    Very excited to see a proper reboot of Muppet Show. What made it work was cultural relevancy and attention to detail… unlike the writer of this article ;P

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