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New Muppet Pilot in Development by Randall Einhorn (The Office, Modern Family) for ABC

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Phillip, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. terrimonster

    terrimonster Well-Known Member

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  2. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Well it sure has been a long time coming, and I can't wait to sit in front of my TV every week and spend some quality time with Kermit and Co.
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  3. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Perhaps that's what Kirk Thatcher has been posting photos from. he had pics on his Twitter and Facebook recently of him doing some kind of production shoot with the Electric Mayhem. Reading about this now all makes sense. I'd love to see this happen, I would just hope that ABC gives it a fair shot which I feel they never did with Muppets Tonight!, and I hope BECAUSE it's ABC/Disney they don't "soften" the humor so much. The fact it's got people from Wilfred which is a very edgy show involved, and Big Bang Theory which I'm not a fan of, but have found it funny when I've tuned in, gives me some hope.
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  4. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    Well the pilot is being filmed this weekend and it sounds interesting!
  5. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    This is beyond good news, but I really hope it gets greenlighted, its chances are much higher than before, because we have the guy from The Big Bang Theory, which is one of the most successful comedies these days, and I just want this to happen. It said that the show takes place behind the scenes of a late night talk show, and that sounds good too, and they even stated how variety shows are becoming more common again, and well about the ratings, I can not see this not doing good in the ratings, I mean all you ever see on comments for any muppet video on Youtube is bring back the muppet show, I can see at least the first episode getting huge ratings. Also getting DVD releases will not be a problem whatsoever. It is also good that this is on ABC, and not on Disney Channel or Junior, so the muppets can at least be treated as adult stuff too, so I really want this to work.
  6. goldenstate5

    goldenstate5 Well-Known Member

    Bill Prady got his start at Henson, and wrote many projects for them, including "The Jim Henson Hour" and "MuppetVision 3D". So the franchise is in good hands.

    Anyways this was very much expected after MMW didn't live up to Disney's expectations, they waited about a year, regrouped after all of the negative buzz surrounding that film dissipated for good. (I know you guys were optimistic but I can't tell you how many people were going around saying that MMW was the death knell for the franchise about a year back)

    I like this idea much better than another theatrical film, and I'm glad Disney is giving them another chance. However, I do think ABC is absolutely the WRONG place to go. A network is far shakier than a cable channel and/or streaming service would be. I'm not sure what would be a good fit in cable for the franchise... ABC Family is probably the best bet, however their programming is very un-Muppet-like. (lots of dreary, soapy dramas) Disney XD and Disney Channel is also difficult because you have to reach the child demographic there, I feel like that would be a hard sell.

    Honestly, I do think streaming services are the way to go... they renew far more of their programming than regular TV does. The only catch is that they'll release a small batch of episodes every year, but I don't mind that idea at all.

    The huge press surrounding it right now is EXCELLENT. Not only because it helps heighten the possibility of it getting greenlit, but if it were to say, not, we would get a confirmation much quicker about it.
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  7. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    Can't wait to hear more about it. I really hope this gets picked up. I on the other hand wouldn't want to see it get a Netflix or a Prime. That means having to spend more money to see any of them.

    This way on ABC you can enjoy watching the show (even tho you do pay for Dish, Direct or any services) your not having to pay just for a show on Netflix that'll either you'll watch then wait for more (even if you do wait for it on ABC or whatever service you use)

    I would rather see it on a TV then a computer or device hooked to your TV. Just me.
  8. Muppetboy09

    Muppetboy09 Well-Known Member

    Fozzie's girlfriend...this should be interesting...
  9. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    So judging from the article, this looks like it'll be a sitcom as opposed to having the variety show format.

    So Miss Piggy will have left the Muppets and need to come back AGAIN??? Hopefully this time it won't feel inconsequential.

    Debating over whether I want to write an article on the subject for The Muppet Mindset (or maybe even The Mickey Mindset). I won't be surprised (or upset) if somebody were to beat me to it, though.
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Variety shows are dead. Have been since the 80s. They tried giving Maya Rudolph her own Carol Burnett-esque variety show, but it must not have done well, because I don't think it lasted beyond its inaugural season.
  11. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    No they weren't filming that. It might have been a sizzle reel, but it wasn't the episode itself.
  12. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    It never even made it pass the first episode. I would have loved to seen it last more.
  13. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    Oh boy! Let's hope it turns out to be successful! If so, we can start throwing those penguins up in the air of excitement! Fingers crossed... :)
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  14. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    If ex-Muppet writer Bill Prady is going to be involved, then I'm sold on the script. But yes, the timeslot is still something to worry about (assuming this gets picked up, that is).
  15. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty sure that was intended as a one-time special, not a series.

    I wouldn't say variety shows are dead. SNL is basically one, though leaning more toward sketch comedy. Musicals have been quite popular lately, so having a new musical Muppet show with sketches doesn't seem like it'd fail too badly.
  16. LaRanaRene

    LaRanaRene Well-Known Member

    I'd love this show to be on NBC. Too bad Disney's too sensitive to put anything they own on something they don't
  17. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    Well, it's also cheaper for them, plus then NBC could cancel it whenever they want. At ABC, at least Disney has creative process and could decide to keep the show afloat as they seem fit.
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  18. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Variety and sketch a tad different from one another, but anywhoe.

    The reason why this won't be on NBC is because Disney owns the Muppets, and Disney is ABC's parent company, so it wouldn't make much sense for Disney to put a program of theirs on a rival network. I believe Universal is NBC's parent company.
  19. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Didn't stop LTS from airing on it.
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  20. RealWonderman

    RealWonderman Well-Known Member

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