The Muppet Show is returning to TV with a contemporary grown-up reboot.
The show has been commissioned by ABC and promises a “more adult” take on much-loved characters such as Kermit.
The Muppet Show series will be filmed in a “contemporary, documentary-style” and will explore their personal lives and relationships.
For the first time ever, the series 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.
The Big Bang Theory‘s producer Bill Prady is behind the series.
The recent pilot got a standing ovation at an ABC screening last month, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The Muppets, created by puppeteer Jim Henson, first appeared on TV in the 1950s, getting their own show in the 1970s.
They recently made a return to the big screen in 2011’s The Muppets and 2014’s Muppets Most Wanted, featuring Ricky Gervais.
Their TV comeback series is one of several new comedies picked up by ABC after the US pilot season.
Jane Henson, the Muppets designer and ex- wife of puppets creator Jim Henson, has died aged 78 after a long battle with cancer.
Jane Henson helped design many puppets for the Muppet Show, whose characters include Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, and also worked as a puppeteer.
A statement from the Jim Henson Company – owned by the couple’s five children – described Jane Henson as an “integral creative and business partner” in the Muppets.
Jane Henson, the Muppets designer and ex- wife of puppets creator Jim Henson, has died aged 78 after a long battle with cancer
Jane Henson, born in New York in 1934, died at her home in Connecticut.
She met future husband Jim Henson in a puppetry class at the University of Maryland in the mid-1950s and the pair created the five-minute TV sketch show Sam and Friends, a precursor to the Muppets that featured an early incarnation of Kermit.
Sam and Friends first aired in 1955 and ran for six years, with Jane Henson giving up puppetry in the early 1960s to raise the couple’s children. However, she went on to make occasional appearances in Sesame Street, which featured some of their creations.
The Muppet Show made its TV debut in 1976 and has enjoyed enduring popularity. The 2011 film The Muppets won an Oscar and was a box office hit.
British actor Ricky Gervais is playing the lead role in the sequel The Muppets… Again, which is due out next year.
Jane Henson separated from her husband in 1986, four years before his death from infection-induced organ failure aged 53.
She went on to found the Jim Henson Legacy to preserve his artistic contributions.
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