Friday, 10 July 2015

The Muppets: New TV Show Finds UK Broadcaster

In exciting news for British fans of Jim Henson's iconic puppet characters, The Muppets' new TV show has found a home on UK screens; the show will première on Sky 1 this Autumn. The series, which was greenlit in May of this year, will follow the day-to-day ups and downs of the Muppet gang in a mockumentary style. The show marks the first time the Muppets have had an ongoing series on network television since 1998, when the short-lived Muppets Tonight was cancelled.

Their return to the small screen is likely a result of the most recent Muppet movie - 2014's Muppets Most Wanted - under-performing at the box office, bringing in around $85 million less than the previous film released in 2011. The show is being executive produced by Bill Prady, who has a history with the characters that dates back to 1987, and is also the co-creator of smash-hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Considering the show is in the hands of someone with both past experience and respect for the Muppet characters, I feel cautiously optimistic that this show may actually be a return to form for the iconic puppets. That being said, the world of TV is more brutal than ever meaning the Muppets won't just have critics to contend with, but also the challenge of keeping their ratings high.


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