With the new Muppet films being well-received by both newer and younger audiences, it was only a matter of time before someone decided that perhaps they needed to make a return to the small screen. And now it appears as if that’s exactly what will be happening in the near future. It’s been rumored before, but now the officialness is here – The Muppet Show is returning to television via ABC.
The news of this reboot comes to us from TVLine. They’re saying that two writers are attached to the new show – The Big Bang Theory’s Bill Prady (who will also be acting as an executive producer) and Bob Kushell (Anger Management), who will also serve as showrunner and an executive producer. So all-in-all, it’s not a bad team to have leading The Muppets into their (rebooted) television future. What’s more, Prady has worked on a few other Muppet-related projects in his time, so he’s no stranger to the Jim Henson legacy.
It’s been a long-ass time since The Muppets were small screen stars. The end of the original show was way back in 1981, in fact. Still, they’ve stayed active and people still love them. Even the kids of today, with their fancy cell phones and their hula-hoops and their Pac-Man video games, seem to enjoy the antics of Kermit and his pals. But can a new show stay relevant enough to capture the hearts and minds of these new viewers enough to have them watching every week?
What say thee, O’ Nerd Readers? Are you in the mood for some more Muppets? Or is this a property that has out-lived its time? And what format do you think they should use in the reboot?