New ‘Muppets’ TV Show May Be on the Horizon

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Before Jim Henson’s Muppets became movie stars, they headlined their own sketch comedy series in The Muppet Show, which aired for five seasons (beginning in the mid-1970s). Since then, Kermit the Frog and company have been no strangers to the small screen, having appeared in such programs as Muppet Babies – a 1984 animated spinoff featuring the Muppets as infants – as well as Muppets Tonight, a show released back in the mid-1990s, that resurrected the Muppet Show variety entertainment format.

Walt Disney Pictures brought the Muppets back to theaters in 2011, with the aptly-titled The Muppets. As far as franchise relaunches go, it was a success, bringing in $165 million in grosses worldwide and earning strong reviews from critics, culminating with an Oscar win for Bret McKenzie’s tune “Man or Muppet”. A sequel released earlier this year in Muppets Most Wanted; it earned a cooler, yet still respectable critical reception (read our review), but its global box office returns so far total around $70 million – less than half of its predecessor’s take.

Collider asked Nicholas Stoller – co-writer of the last two Muppet film installments – about Muppets Most Wanted under-performing at both the U.S. and foreign box office, during the press day for Stoller’s next directorial feature, the raunch-com Neighbors. Here is what the filmmaker had to say, on that topic:

“Yeah, everyone was really surprised, myself included, because I love the way it came out, and I love the movie.  Because honestly [co-writer/director James Bobin] and I set out to do something, which was to do kind of a great Muppet caper movie.  And I literally have no idea.  It was a more crowded marketplace than we realized.  I think Peabody & Sherman stuck around for a little longer than we thought it would.  Who knows?  It’s too bad, but my hope is that it kind of lives on.”

In fairness, Mr. Peabody & Sherman undoubtedly did affect Muppets Most Wanted‘s box office take, as the pair bid for attention from the family moviegoing demographic this past March. Thing is, though, whereas The Muppets was sold as being a must-see event – for nostalgic adults and young newcomers to the world of Muppets alike – trailers and TV spots for Muppets Most Wanted pitched the film as being an enjoyable, yet otherwise unremarkable Muppet offering. So, in that sense, the sequel’s box office drop-off from its predecessor was somewhat predictable.

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However, while the Muppets might be taking another prolonged break from the big screen following Muppets Most Wanted, Stoller informed Collider that the eponymous characters may well be on their way back to the small screen:

“I know they’re working on something to get them back on TV.  I have no idea where it’s at, but I definitely think so.  I mean, they’re such rich characters, and it’s very easy to pitch on stories for them, and think of ideas for them.  They don’t feel used up…I think there’s a big opportunity for that kind of variety show.  You could do it partially live.  There are all these things you could do with Muppets that you can’t do with a lot of other things.”

It would make sense for Disney – currently the proud owner of Marvel, Lucasfilm and the Muppets brand – to bring Kermit and his merry band of puppety-types back to their TV roots, now that the movies have started to run dry again, box office-wise. Some might argue the Muppets’ irreverent humor is best fit for the episodic TV show format anyway, and that a new TV series would be the kind of Disney Channel entertainment that would actually have appeal for all members of the family. Which is to say: this sounds like a fine idea.

In fact, if the Muppets do wind up getting a brand-new TV show, then we already have 20 Great Celebrity Host Suggestions that the series may feel free to draw from (so long as we get executive producer credit, naturally).

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We’ll continue to keep you posted on all Muppet-related news as we hear it.

Source: Collider

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  1. I was a huge of the old Muppet Show as a child. When Mark Hamil guest starred, awesome. I did not see either of the new movies, just clips and interviews. From that perspective, I would say that the first one was a labor of love and had Jason S. as the protagonist, he is a goofy everyman on a popular TV show. He isn’t controversial or a dick. Then, there is Ricky G. Ricky is a prick and proud of it. I am sure that there were many parents who know of and don’t like Ricky or his act.

  2. On a similar tip…there was definitely a more authentic and genuine approach to the first movie. But this time, the promotion and synthetic hype machine was in full-force for so long in advance of the release – especially the appearances in commercials for other products. I think the people just got all numb to seeing and hearing about the Muppets and as a result – the audience loses excitement for the actual movie itself.

  3. I think it is important to state that there is a BIg difference in quality from the two movies. When I went to see Muppets Most Wanted both my kids and I were bored and felt like it was treading old ground—-it was the same quality as Muppet treaure Island etc. Whereas the Muppets movie was so perfectly done–capturing the nostalgia and telling a new tale as well. I think they would fare better having Walter remain a main character and using teh trad muppets as a zany and bold foil to Walter’s attempt to now fit into their world. The newest movie missed the edgy-ness of the original show as well as the chaos—-I thought The Muppets movie did a good job of catching those qualities and then some. I would love for there to be a new Muppet show—–!!!!!

  4. I wouldn’t blame over saturation of the market for the sequel’s lack of box office returns. If I’m not mistaken, Hugo and Arthur’s Christmas were released that same Thanksgiving weekend in 2011. The Muppets had more success the first time around because it had been so long since they’ve had a theater release. Parents like myself used Thanksgiving to drag the entire family (Grandma included) to this nostalgic event. The sequel released too soon after the first film. The anticipation was not there. And the release date seemed awful. It worked out for my family because it was near my daughters birthday, but a random weekend in March is nothing compared to a Thanksgiving weekend release.

    With that said, I liked both films as a parent and as a lifetime Muppet fan. My 5 year old daughter likes both too. We loved the new movie’s soundtrack as much as the first film. I’m a Muppet enthusiast and would love to see the Muppet show back on television. Recently, I watched The Muppets All-Star Comedy Gala on Hulu Plus. It was filmed at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. That show was fantastic. I also watched Lady Gaga & the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular on Netflix. That show was not fantastic.

    It’s a fine line. I hope the Muppets can succeed in this day and age.

  5. It’s The Muppet Show with our very special guest star Justin Bieber.

  6. I enjoyed both films and I hope that there will be future Muppet films. The Muppets are a rare brand that appeals to both kids and adults. As for a TV show, it would be great to see The Muppet Show revived as I still enjoy watching reruns of the old show.

    • Agreed!!!! You said a Muppet-full, Andy S.!

  7. Muppets Most Wanted under-performed so much that it was the number 1 movie at the UK box office back in March.

  8. Yeah alright get down with the Muppet show tonight.
    There’s heaps of stars that would love being with Muppets.
    Think Beyoncé singing a duet with Miss Piggy,I’d watch that

  9. Bring back ‘The Muppet Show’ for season 6!

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