As previously reported, ABC is considering bringing the Muppets back to television, but the revival may not be what we’ve come to expect from Kermit and friends. According to Entertainment Weekly, the planned Muppets show will be filmed in a mockumentary style, and will take stylistic cues from 30 Rock and The Office. “For the first time ever,” according to ABC’s synopsis, the show “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.”
The new show will track Kermit, Piggy, and the gang as they attempt to put on a new television show, providing the kind of behind-the-scenes material that also was a signature of the original The Muppet Show. ABC began filming a pilot written by The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady earlier this month. The show’s creators are saying this will be “a more adult Muppet show, for kids of all ages.” That may seem a little strange to fans, but really, doesn’t it make sense, since we’ve already seen the other stages of the Muppets’ lives?