It’s time to get things started.
The Muppet Show ran from 1976 through 1981, and stared, among others Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and the always heroic Great Gonzo. Jim Henson’s group of puppets have been icons for near 40 years, and now thanks to Disney, a new generation of fans have fallen in love with Kermit and crew. ABC knows how much of a hot commodity the Muppets are, which is why rumblings of the network rebooting them for a new TV show are making the rounds.
ABC has reportedly ordered a pilot presentation for the ragtag team of puppets. The working title revealed for this new project is simply Muppets 2015. The episode synopsis is as follows:
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.
Co-creator of the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory, Bill Prady will be handling the executive production credits for the show. Prady has some prior experience working with The Muppets, following his involvement with The Jim Henson Hour, Muppet Classic Theater and several other related projects. Co-writer Bob Kushell will work with Prady on the pilot episode. Kushell’s prior experience includes The Simpsons, 3rd Rock From the Sun and Malcolm in the Middle.
It’s been a while since Kermit and his hilarious cronies were regular staples on the boob tube, but they’re no strangers to the medium. Jim Henson created the Muppets back in 1955, with the original incarnation of their show airing in the late 1970s. NBC originally aired the The Jim Henson Hour in 1989, then ABC began airing Muppets Tonight back in 1996. The last film to feature the Muppets was 2014’s Muppets Most Wanted. ABC looks to be getting The Muppets back on their network for a welcome return.
We’re eagerly anticipating the return of other fan favorites such as Rowlf the Dog, Scooter and Rizzo the Rat. If Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem return as the house band for this reboot, then we’re totally on board.