This fall, “The Muppets” are returning to television for the first time in an ongoing series format since the short-lived “Muppets Tonight” went off the air in 1998. After debuting some footage this month at Comic-Con International in San Diego, the new show’s creators have decided to release the 10-minute pilot presentation online so that people can see what it was that ultimately put the beloved characters created by Jim Henson and company back on TV screens nationwide.
The upcoming series is a “show-within-a-show,” similar in format to NBC’s sitcom “30 Rock.” It features all of the “behind-the-scenes” antics of the entire Muppets cast as they work on a show called “Up Late With Miss Piggy,” a late-night variety show. It will explore both the personal and professional lives of the various Muppet characters, including Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Rowlf, Animal, and all the other members of the group that have been around for the past few decades.
Check out the 10-minute pitch video below:
This pitch was shot by “The Muppets” series creators Bill Prady, Bob Kushell and Randall Einhorn, with Prady — who’s gone on to co-create “The Big Bang Theory” — having been associated with the Muppets and the Jim Henson Company since 1987 by working on “Fraggle Rock.” In 1991, Prady was nominated for an Emmy Award for writing 1990’s “The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson,” a TV special created to pay tribute to the then-recently passed patriarch of the entire Muppet concept.
“The Muppets” will premiere on ABC on September 22nd. For more on the show as it takes shape ahead of its premiere, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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