Earlier this month, we reported that The Muppets are finally coming back to the small screen with a new TV series on ABC that is set behind-the-scenes of a late-night talk show. Today we have new details from Entertainment Weekly, which reveal that the show will offer more insight into the personal lives of these characters, and it will be shot in the mockumentary format, similar to hit shows such as The Office and Arrested Development. The site also reports that ABC is considering a straight-to-series order based on the pilot presentation alone.
The currently untitled show, which hails from The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and Anger Management writer-producer Bob Kushell, is said to be a "more adult" series than previous incarnations of The Muppets. Take a look at the official logline from ABC below.
"The Muppets return to prime time with a contemporary, documentary-style show that-for the first time ever-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; a more adult Muppet show, for kids of all ages."
ABC didn't confirm the report from earlier this month that revealed the show centered on a Muppets Late Night talk show, but it certainly seems like a viable setting to explore these beloved characters' lives both on and off the job. The site also said that the show is being compared to 30 Rock, which is set at a television network, so the late night show setting could certainly be in play. Tying into the adult themes, the site also reports that the show will delve into "soap" territory, such as ABC's hit programs Scandal and Grey's Anatomy. Of course, if the show is actually set at a late-night talk show, the possibilities for celebrity cameos, a trademark of The Muppets on both the big and small screens, are seemingly endless. What do you think about these new details? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more on The Muppets TV series.