Don’t play the music or light the lights just yet, but get ready – the Muppets could be coming back to TV.
Fresh from their film reboot success, Jim Henson’s creations are reportedly being tooled for a return to the small screen in a script by The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and 3rd Rock From the Sun’s Bob Kushell – although at the moment they’re just working on a test episode to show the format can work, ahead of a possible full series.
According to US industry insider the Hollywood Reporter, the revival is taking place at ABC Studios, with the initial “proof of concept” story featuring regular characters Kermit the Frog, The Great Gonzo, Animal and Fozzie Bear attempting to convince Miss Piggy to join the series.
The traditional celebrity cameos are apparently also planned, along with new Muppet characters including a love interest for Fozzie Bear in what would be the first regular TV outing for the characters since 1998.
While it’s a bit of a departure from his CBS science-geek series, this isn’t a new area for Prady, who wrote for The Muppets in the Jim Henson Hour, and even previously attempted to revive the format before starting work on The Big Bang Theory. He was also nominated for an Emmy for writing The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson in 1990, made in tribute after Henson’s death the previous year.
Basically it’s all very exciting, though we should stress it’s extremely early days for the series and it’ll probably be a year or two before we see Kermit and co back on our TV screens, if at all.
Of course, if you can’t wait that long there’s always 2011’s reboot The Muppets on BBC1 today… so maybe it is time to light those lights after all…
The Muppets were created by Jim Henson in the 1950s and made numerous appearances on US talk shows during the 1960s but it was The Muppet Show which was British TV audiences’ first regular experience of Kermit and co. 120 episodes were broadcast in the UK between 1976 and 1981.