New ‘Muppet Show’ to be a Behind-the-Scenes Mockumentary?

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

The news broke not too long ago that the Muppets would be heading back to the TV after a much deserved big screen revival. The new show was rumored to be a behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into making a “Muppet Show” – something akin to what the original show was like.

But Entertainment Weekly is now reporting that the show will have a decidedly more adult feel and go the way of a mock-documentary, much like “The Office” was. For the first time fans would get a peek at the “personal lives” of the characters that make up the Muppet Show.

EW released the following logline about the new direction for the show:

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.

While the last two films touched on this a little, this is a full-blown pulling back of the curtain, so to speak. This could really turn off some of the hardcore fans before they even get a chance to see if the finished product is worthwhile.

While this project is still just on the pilot development stage, it would be hard for ABC to turn their backs on such a beloved franchise that has quite the built in fanbase (and a fanbase that now likely has kids of their own to get behind lovable puppets). I’d guess we get at least a half of a season down before any cancellations happen.

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