Monday 23 April 2018

The Muppets will return in 'more adult' mockumentary series with '30 Rock feel'

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The characters of Kermit and Miss Piggy arrive at the premiere of "Muppets Most Wanted" in Hollywood, California REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files
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It's official, the Muppets are returning to ABC for a full series, the first in 19 years.

The Muppet Show reboot, however, will be a "more adult" show than the previous series which ran from 1976 to 1981 and for ten episodes in 1996.

The Big Bang Theory's Bill Prady, who has written for The Muppets before, will co-write with Anger Management writer-producer Bob Kushell.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the show will be a "mockumnetary-style series" along the lines of Arrested Development which "goes deeper into the Muppets' personal lives" from romances to work and will be a "more adult" show.

The Muppets has always appealed to adults as much as children but with a 35 year history of TV series and movies, many fans who grew up with the characters are now in their thirties, forties, and fifties and primed for a hit of nostalgia, with humour that appeals to their adult sensibilities.

The reboot also arrives in the wake of the success of the most recent Muppet movies, The Muppets and The Muppets Most Wanted.

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