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ABC's 'The Muppets' Scores Full-Season Pickup

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Phillip, Oct 29, 2015.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Looks like we're getting three more episodes for a total of 16 in Season 1 of "The Muppets"...

    ABC's 'The Muppets' Scores Full-Season Pickup
    The reboot from Bill Prady and Bob Kushell will run for a total of 16 episodes.

    ABC is showing faith in The Muppets.

    The network has picked up the freshman reboot for a full season — for a total of 16 episodes.

    The additional three-episode pickup is six shy of the standard back-nine order, with insiders stressing the shortfall is to accommodate the network's midseason fare including family comedy The Real O'Neals and its all-black Uncle Book redo.

    The Muppets, which hails from Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and Bob Kushell (3rd Rock From the Sun) ranks as Tuesday's highest-rated new series among adults 18-49. The comedy, a more adult-themed reboot in which Miss Piggy — now broken up with Kermit — hosts her own late-night talk show, has improved the network's Tuesday slot by 69 percent among total viewers versus last season's short-lived Selfie (7.6 million vs. 4.5 million) and 86 percent among adults under 50 (2.6 vs. 1.4).

    The Muppets, from Jim Henson Co. and ABC Studios, ranks as the network's strongest-performing Tuesday half-hour in four years and has helped solidify the network's comedy brand. The series had the benefit of receiving a massive promotional push built around Kermit and Piggy's breakup that ended up going viral.

    Picked up straight to series based purely on a 10-minute pilot presentation, The Muppets revival is filmed documentary style and explores the personal lives behind the famed characters, including Fozzie, Gonzo and the rest of the gang in a bigger way than the franchise has ever done before.

    The Muppets ranks as ABC's final fall freshman series to get a back-order. The network picked up six additional hours of Sunday drama Quantico and added a full back-nine to Friday comedy Dr. Ken. Meanwhile, ABC recently trimmed Sunday ratings dud Blood and Oil from 13 episodes to 10. (Rookie Wicked City, which opened poorly this week, is a limited anthology series.)

    Among the fall freshman class, only CBS' recently launched Supergirl as well as medical dramaCode Black and The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are awaiting decisions on a back-nine. (Worth noting, both Code Black and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend received additional script orders.)

    The Muppets joins ABC's Quantico and Dr. Ken, Fox's Grandfathered, The Grinder and Rosewood,NBC's Blindspot and CBS' Limitless as well as Life in Pieces to score an additional episode order.

    Of the fall's freshman comedy class, only NBC's Truth Be Told did not get a full-season after the network cut its order by three following its dismal debut.

  2. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

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  3. LaRanaRene

    LaRanaRene Well-Known Member

  4. JimAndFrank

    JimAndFrank Well-Known Member

    YES!!! Now let's hope we get a season 2!!!
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  5. sarah_yzma

    sarah_yzma Well-Known Member

    Yes!! With the way Vogel has been posting the past week, I was scared. This makes me feel better.
  6. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    Most likely we will, the latest episode saw an uptick in the ratings, 1.4 verus the 1.3 it got the last episode, which is probably the reason it got more episodes. Now if the show stabalizes around the 1.4-1.6 range it will easily be renewed. The next episode might pull bigger numbers, because people are always interested in the Kermit and Miss Piggy dynamic, and how Miss Piggy will react to the girlfriend problems.
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  7. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

  8. MUPPETFAN1976

    MUPPETFAN1976 Well-Known Member


    I am so happy about this news!!

    So, to celebrate....


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  9. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    It was
    It was not just Vogel!!!!! Him Bill Bereta's wife Kirt Thatcher and others posted the same kinds of pleas for people to watch the show this week. Mostly due to the world series. They all said the same thing to DVR the show and watch it with in a 3 day time frame. Which if they wait 3 days to count viewers then we can really make a difference. If the ones that can watch it as many times as they can in that 3 day time frame then we can help keep this show on.

    I was chatting with Muppet performer Mike Quinn last night and he was very concerned that with the drop in the ratings that the show could have been canceled! Now I know that the show is not perfect but the Muppets are finally on TV, and if we want the show to grow and get better then we need to be faithful watchers. The show is only 5 episodes young, and still needs time to find it's grove. So please keep watching the show!!!
  10. oknazevad

    oknazevad Member

    You'd think the Hollywood Reporter would get straight that the Jim Henson Co. is not involved with this series.
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  11. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Wait, so when it was announced that the pilot was going to series, it wasn't for a full season or what?
    The opening of that sentence really made me cringe.
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  12. jobi71

    jobi71 Well-Known Member

    When it was announced it was for a 13 episode commitment. Many new shows now start out this way. They network will give them a certain upfront episode order usually it's either 6 or 13, and based on ratings, reviews, the competition and other factors the network can order additional episodes. Three extra episodes is a bit unusual, but as others have pointed out this show is expensive and time consuming. It's good news over all and if the numbers stay consistent I hope it leads to a second season.
  13. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Uh, that is a full season in many cases today; it's not like back in the early years of television when a season could be upwards of 35-40 episodes a season.
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm more concerned about it getting a second season myself. Seems that even with diminished ratings, it's still a strong performer for their Tuesday Night line up. And I'm sure the budget isn't extremely huge enough to keep the show going for a while on modest ratings.

    Still, you wonder about how online viewing and DVRing factor in. Those are usually stronger indicators over the completely flawed ratings system that essentially means nothing.

    Nice to see the last episode had a slight uptick in ratings, as well as overall signs of improvement as a series. Maybe after the World series there could be potential for the ratings to climb ever so slightly more.
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  15. jobi71

    jobi71 Well-Known Member

    That number could be considered a full season but with this show in particular it was an initial order. The producers and creatives were aiming to get additional episodes.
  16. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Great news to hear! Looks like there's hope for a 2nd season! :)
  17. Reevz1977

    Reevz1977 Well-Known Member

    I've stayed very quiet on the new show on here, largely due to the fact that opinions here aren't generally well received if they are anything less than 100% positive, but I'll be honest, I'm very happy the show has been picked up for a full season!

    So far for me, the show has very much been bad, good, bad, good, bad... I feel that, probably due to the fact they are trying something different, the results are very uneven and there is something not quite gelling with me at present.

    I am one of quite an exclusive club that feels the recent Muppet output peaked with Muppets Most Wanted. For me, particular in the extended edition, the Muppets were the closest they have ever been recently to the Muppets I(!!) loved. After the first episode in the new series, I actually (and very prematurely) said to a friend that I wished they finally hung up the characters for good and let them live on in "nostalgialand" - I am quite glad they didn't.

    The new show presents many of the beloved characters in a way completely unfamiliar to me that is very hit and miss. Fozzie has been losing me for years and this series isn't changing that. He used to be one of my favourite characters but these days I really don't care for him at all. Piggy too has begun to grate on me more than amuse. The nasty diva schtick has become tired and for the most part she has become a very one dimensional caricature of someone who used to be so incredible.

    Kermit too is leaving me a bit cold. Strangely, this is more acceptable to me because it is the negative aspects of his character that I don't like, but it is fleshing out his character - if that makes any sense?? To me, there's no flaws to Kermit. He's the character that gets pushed to his limits but at the end of the day is the moral barometer for the group. To see him be mean(?), name call etc is taking some getting used to but it is a new aspect to his character.

    In general, I think this show has a great deal of hope and potential and I think now that it has the opportunity develop over a full season, it has chance to possibly be one of the best Muppet outputs to date...I hope. I have laughed quite hard on one or two occasions. Pepè, who I feel has carried the Muppets a lot over recent years, is delivering some awesome moments after being largely absent in the last two movies and I feel the writers really need to use him more.

    Scooter is now back to his peak and I am loving him as much as I ever have. That said, I hated(!!) the eye-thing and hope that they never(!!!) do that again. It's one of the brilliantly unexplainable quirks of the Muppets that certain characters have no eyes behind glasses and I feel that really ruined that.

    It's great having Rizzo back and Uncle Deadly has surprisingly become the standout character of the series.

    Fingers crossed the creators iron out some of the creases and win a loyal viewership over the remaining shows and we get a very strong season 2. I hope that the extension lets the writers see what is working and what isn't and possibly do the impossible and please everyone of us...if that is possible.

    To end on a positive, some of the puppetry has been mind blowing and I look forward to more of that - this weeks Piggy number in particular was remarkable.

    *before you hate, please understand this is just my opinion based on what the Muppets mean to me.
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  18. GuySmileyfan

    GuySmileyfan Well-Known Member

  19. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    That's great news for fans of the show! For the sake of completeness, I may keep watching some episodes here and there, but I haven't been too impressed in general, honestly. Though it is great to see the Muppets on TV again.
    It doesn't help that I don't really like the faux documentary style that the show uses. I know it's intended to mock current popular trends for shows today- I also largely don't like shows that use that format either.
    I just mainly hope that this show might inspire Disney to finally release Seasons 4 and 5 of The Muppet Show to DVD!:)
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  20. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I think seasons 4 and 5 are still on everyones heart and minds. At least I hope it still is
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