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Henson, Bunim/Murray develop ‘History’

Puppet-infused series would offer irreverent take on pop culture

Bunim/Murray Prods. and Henson Alternative have teamed up with former “Daily Show With Jon Stewart” writer Chris Regan to develop “History Of,” a scripted project featuring the Henson puppets.

Regan will serve as exec producer and showrunner of the project, which will irreverently re-enact pop culture events and also feature celebrity cameos.

“We’ve set our sights on increasing our scripted productions, particularly those that reach the same core 18-49 demo that our reality series do,” Bunim/Murray chairman Jonathan Murray said. “Working with Henson Alternative on ‘History Of’ will allow us to bring iconic pop culture moments to life in an entirely unique and refreshingly humorous way — with puppets.”

Said Lisa Henson, CEO of the Jim Henson Co.: “This project has a unique point of view and pop culture sensibility that is perfect for Henson Alternative. Partnering with Bunim/Murray, we’ll bring broadcasters an exciting and hysterical take on pop culture unlike any other series on TV.”

Regan was Stewart’s first writer hire on the “Daily Show” and worked there from 1999-2006, with five Emmys and two Peabody Awards to his name. His other credits include “Talkshow with Spike Feresten,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Lopez Tonight.”

Henson, Murray and Gil Goldschein will also exec produce.

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