‘The Muppets,’ Comedy from ‘Community’ Star Ken Jeong Among ABC Orders

Following six drama orders, ABC has picked up three comedy series: “The Muppets,” “The Real O’Neals” and “Dr. Ken.”

The return of “The Muppets” to TV is described as a documentary-style show that will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, including breakups, romances and more adult topics that lend themselves to a reinvented version of the beloved characters fit for all ages. The series comes from “The Big Bang Theory’s” Bill Prady and Bob Kushell, who serve as co-writers and exec producers, along with Randall Einhorn and Bill Barretta. ABC Studios and the Muppets Studio will produce.

“Dr. Ken” stars “Community” fan favorite Ken Jeong as a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. Always trying to be a good doctor, husband and father, he has a way of driving everyone nuts, both at work and at home. Suzy Nakamura stars as Jeong’s wife, and Tisha Campbell-Martin, Dave Foley, Jonathan Slavin, Albert Tsai and Krista Marie Yu round out the cast.

Jared Stern penned “Dr. Ken” with Jeong and Mike O’Connell. Stern and Jeong will also serve as exec producers, along with John Davis, John Fox and Mike Sikowitz with O’Connell as co-exec producer. The series hails from Sony Pictures TV and ABC Studios.

“The Real O’Neals” is a contemporary take on a seemingly perfect Catholic family whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter in which everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real. Martha Plimpton stars with Jay R. Ferguson, Noah Galvin, Mathew Shively, Bebe Wood and Mary Hollis Inboden.

The laffer from ABC Studios was written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson who will exec produce with Brian Pines, Dan McDermott and Dan Savage.

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