It looks like THE MUPPETS are back in business, securing a full season pickup for an additional three episodes from ABC. The additional episodes brings the freshmen series’ count to sixteen, shy of the standard back-nine order with the intent to accommodate the network’s midseason comedies, Uncle Buck and The Real O’Neals.
The series, which was developed by Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory) and Bob Kushell (3rd Rock From The Sun), is Tuesday’s highest rated new series for adults 18-49. The comedy also ranks as ABC’s strongest Tuesday half-hour series in four years, benefiting from a huge promotional push and a built-in audience.
The Muppets, filmed in a psuedo-documentary style a la The Office, is a much more adult take on Jim Henson’s beloved creations. The series focuses on the interpersonal relationships and individual lives of the Muppet gang as they work on a late-night talk show hosted by Miss Piggy. The show spends a great deal of time with a circulation of characters, not just Kermit and Miss Piggy, with minor and supporting characters like Gonzo, Rizzo, Fozzie, and Pepe getting their own storylines.
The series is the eighth freshmen series to get an additional episode order, proving that the network has faith in the Muppet brand. Looks like Kermit and crew are here to stay.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor