It’s been 34 years since The Muppet Show wrapped its now classic five season run back in 1976-1981, with its last episode guest starring Singing in the Rain actor Gene Kelly. It seemed like everyone who was anyone was a guest on the show, from Vincent Price to Don Knotts, from George Burns, John Cleese and Steve Martin to Elton John, Julie Andrews, Debbie Harry, James Coburn, Roger Moore, Sylvester Stallone, Lynda Carter, Christopher Reeve, and even the cast of Star Wars. The show won four Primetime Emmy Awards and a Grammy.
ABC just announced the full Muppets ensemble will return to Primetime Tuesday nights this Fall. This time the show won’t be a variety show as the original with guest stars, but will follow a bit of the format from The Office TV series, a “contemporary, documentary style” and probably copy any other show they can spoof for a laugh. It will have humans interspersed with the cast, as seen in the first trailer released in the past few hours by ABC. The preview couldn’t be much better.
And the never aging Muppets look just like they did when we first met them: Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Rowlf, The Electric Mayhem, Scooter, Sweetums, Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker, Statler and Waldorf. Without the requirements of a two-hour movie as we saw with the recent fun movies The Muppets and The Muppets Most Wanted, the series is going to delve into the private, personal lives of the Muppets. We can’t wait!
Check out the preview:
If you’re looking for something for the whole family, even with parodies of adult dramas, we’re thinking this will have something for everyone.
The variety show format that was so successful in the 1970s came back for two seasons in 1996-1998. Muppets Tonight itself won two Primetime Emmys. It also had guests like the original, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Whoopi Goldberg, Prince, and Pierce Brosnan. And of course the Muppets starred in eight theatrical releases.
Look for The Muppets on ABC Tuesday nights this Fall.