The Return of The Muppets to TV Sounds A Lot Like The Office

By  · Published on May 8th, 2015

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Great news, everyone: The Muppets are returning to television. In primetime. On ABC.

Here’s the strange part: The new show, from Big Bang Theory producer Bill Prady, is said to be a “contemporary” and “more adult” take on the Muppets that will “explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires.”

It will be a documentary style show that while still family friendly, won’t necessarily be the variety show style of The Muppet Show. This new show seems to be taking more from the movies, which lived in the behind the scenes, personal world of Kermit and friends.

I love the potential in a Muppets-centric sitcom, especially if shot in the faux-documentary style of a show like The Office. I’m not saying that’s what this is, but I suppose the potential is there. What is the interpersonal relationship between Gonzo and Kermit on a day-to-day basis around the Muppet Studios offices? That sounds fascinating.

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