There’s some interesting news coming out of ABC‘s new The Muppets production. Word around the Internet Water-Cooler is that the show will feature a mockumentary style look at the muppet’s lives at work and home. Think of a cross between The Office and The Muppets Show. ABC’s logline for the new series goes like this:
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.
Now before we all go Statler and Waldorf on this idea, because that is exactly what I first did when I read about this, let’s think about it for a minute.
Bill Prady (Big Bang Theory) and Bob Kushell (3rd Rock From the Sun) put together a presentation on the new series that was described as having a 30 Rock feel. Which isn’t exactly crazy when you think about the old Muppet show and compare it to 30 Rock. There are a lot of similarities there to work with.
The big difference will be the attention paid to the Muppet’s lives outside the theater. There are a lot of sites that are running with the “Adult” side of that statement made by ABC speculating or titillating that there might be some high friction felt sex scenes in the series, but I can’t believe that the Henson Company would let that happen. The material might be more adult in the relationship department, but I seriously doubt that there will be any on-screen Muppet on Muppet action.
The more I considered the format style of the mockumentary, the more comfortable I am with that direction. There’s plenty of humor to be mined in the Muppet’s personal lives.