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What's next for the Muppets?

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Angelo Thomas, Jul 20, 2017.

  1. Angelo Thomas

    Angelo Thomas Member

    In an effort to steer some of the conversation away from the recasting of Kermit the Frog and to keep things movin' right along, I wrote an opinion piece for Rotoscopers.com about my thoughts on the future of the Muppets at Disney, and I thought I'd share it here to see what everyone thinks. http://www.rotoscopers.com/2017/07/17/whats-next-for-the-muppets/

    (If there's a better place for this thread, let me know or feel free to move it if you're an admin here.)
  2. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    As the old saying goes, and it's probably even truer for the Muppets: "the show must go on," I'm sure Disney does have plans, but only time will tell us.
  3. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Maybe a Netflix series? That's possible....
    los and Duke Remington like this.
  4. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    Hopefully something I don't expect I giant project right away but something other then Hollywood bowl and 15 second videos.
    scooterfan360 and Duke Remington like this.

    DARTH MUPPET Well-Known Member

    I would love to see either a Streaming TV Show or movie or a theatrical film with the film crew who brought us Muppets 2011 and Muppets Most Wanted!
    RedPiggy likes this.
  6. xSunnyEclipse

    xSunnyEclipse Well-Known Member

    Honestly I hate to be the downer, but I don't see any signs yet of future plans for The Muppets.

    We're in another dry spot again and we'll probably have to wait for the next Jason Segal to come along.

    I do want them to surprise me though.
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  7. BlakeConor14

    BlakeConor14 Well-Known Member

    I agree but however after the Muppets 2015 got canned we all thought that it was the end of projects for a while. We've had things at Disney world and the Hollywood bowl. But I expect that after the Muppet babies return we will be seeing less of the Muppets on tv and film. But we never know what Disney is planning
    scooterfan360 likes this.
  8. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Yeah. I even wonder if the puppeteers will be involved in the new MB series or if they'll have different VAs voicing the characters like they did in the cartoon. Most of the original MB cast is still around (save for Barbara Billingsly) so it's possible Frank, Russi, Greg, etc. could reprise their roles. We'll see.
  9. Randall Flagg

    Randall Flagg Well-Known Member

    Considering that Disney is going to soon be launching its own streaming service as a rival to Netflix, I doubt they'd do a Netflix series. More likely, they will wait until their own Disney streaming service is launched, and then produce a muppet series (or whatever) exclusively for that.
    LittleJerry92 likes this.
  10. jobi71

    jobi71 Well-Known Member

    My wish is that the Muppets focus on quality and not quantity. I have long thought one of the reasons the recent show was not a success was that it was rushed into production. The pitch reel was so good and executives so impressed that the green lit the show immediately. That's good. But I think they only had about 60-70% of the premise fleshed out. So they were learning as they went. Were there great bits and very good episodes? Yes. Miss Piggy buying the gift was a stand out for me as was the Mindy Kaling and Jack White episodes. I do wish the Muppets' apparent disdain for Tom Bergeron was a running gag though.

    To that end I would like to see the Muppets continue with their youtube videos. Not just the thought of the week, but also longer ones like Kodachrome and Flowers on the Wall.

    I would love it if they developed a new holiday special. With Deadly becoming a core character (another great aspect of the new show) why not a Halloween special? Imagine a one hour Halloween special hosted/narrated by Uncle Deadly. The structure could be similar to The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horrors. Three shortish stories (either original or spoofs of classics - Dracula, The Mummy etc). They could possibly fit a guest star into each of the stories. The main cast of Muppets could be spread among the stories so they would not need to fit everybody into one. They could round out the hour with some cut a ways like The Chef making something with pumpkin spice or people trick-or-treating at Bobo's house. A song with the Electric Mayhem or such. Plus plenty of roles for the monsters and frackles. Plus I bet many a character would be eaten by the end of each story. I know Jim would approve of that part of the pitch.
    RedPiggy and Muppy like this.
  11. BlakeConor14

    BlakeConor14 Well-Known Member

    That sounds top draw
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  12. ToonGeek

    ToonGeek Well-Known Member

    Actually Disney's planning their own streaming service in 2019, so the Netflix deal will expire due to Disney not really liking Netflix's strategy. If Disney's streaming service goes well, I think it's possible a Muppet film or series will go there instead since Disney's planning original films and shows for the streaming service.
  13. Censored

    Censored Well-Known Member

    Hopefully, a good TV show.
    CensoredAlso likes this.
  14. los

    los Well-Known Member

    I really think Tina Fey can revive the Muppets. 30 Rock was basically the Muppet Show
    CensoredAlso likes this.
  15. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    I think maybe she could, not because of 30 Rock (I haven't seen it yet), but because her other show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is amazing. It has witty humor, clever running gags, strong and likable characters, and it has heart. There's always a recurring message of characters learning to be positive no matter what life throws at you, and all the characters gradually overcome their personal flaws. That, and there's the fact that the writers are clearly Muppet/Sesame fans, as there are references in almost every episode. I really think if a new show had a mixture of writers from that show, and veteran Muppet writers (like Kirk Thatcher, Jim Lewis, and Craig Shemin) it would be amazing. The Muppet writers could, not only write episodes, but also oversee the others and help to maintain character consistency.
    RedPiggy, los and muppetlover123 like this.
  16. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    You really should see 30 Rock. It's hilarious.
  17. rexcrk

    rexcrk Well-Known Member

    I actually just started watching 30 Rock and it’s hysterical. It does remind me a lot of The Muppets (ABC).
  18. Censored

    Censored Well-Known Member

    Dance your cares away! Down at 30 Rock!
  19. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    I love 30 Rock!

    DARTH MUPPET Well-Known Member

    the problem with streaming moving foreword there are to many it could get pricey especially if you do cable also like I do. :( I have Hulu for Futurama and Bobs Burgers and a whole slew of other FOX and non FOX Cartoons for adults. I get Netflix for Stranger Things and I cant wait for that Matt Groening show Disenchantment on Netflix. Apparently Disney who owns the GO Network who owns and runs ESPN, basically ESPN Is planning a sports Streaming service so like I said there's just to much if you get them all it gets pricey and then when you tack on Cable. the only way streaming is going to work moving forward is if all these streaming services merge and you can get what you want in a bundle kind of like the Roku Box but I am thinking way bigger. I am a fan of a lot of Studios and Networks but not enough money for all there streaming platforms.

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