As we reported yesterday, ABC is considering bringing back the Muppets and will soon shoot a pilot presentation under the working title “Muppets 2015.”
“The Big Bang Theory” co-creator Bill Prady, who spent his early days writing for the Muppets and received an Emmy nomination for co-writing a tribute to Muppets creator Jim Henson, will be exec producing the project. He is co-writing with Bob Kushell (“The Simpsons”, "Anger Management", "3rd Rock From the Sun"), who will serve as showrunner and is also exec producing.
Randall Einhorn is also attached to exec produce and direct the presentation.
The pilot presentation could be unspooled at May's upfront presentation to Madison Avenue advertisers. If all goes well, it could go straight to series.
ABC's Muppets revival is being produced by ABC Studios and The Muppet Studios, which Disney owns. The presentation is set to film next weekend on the Disney lot in Burbank with some of the original Muppet performers returning.
The concept for the presentation includes the regular cast of characters created by Jim Henson — Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and Animal, among others — gathering at ABC Studios for a meeting about the new Muppet Show. However, the show won't move forward unless Miss Piggy signs on, and her current relationship with frequent love Kermit is on the rocks, preventing the show from getting off the ground. Early plans call for two celebrity cameos — including Miss Piggy's current co-star — as well as new roles including Fozzie's girlfriend and her parents.
It has been rumoured that the series takes place behind the scenes of a late night talk show.
More info when it becomes available!