Will the Muppets finally return to primetime?
While the Jim Henson Company works away on film and TV projects, we've been constantly teased with the promise of a new Muppet series. The last time this happened was with the short-lived Muppets Tonight in the '90s. Attempts to bring the gang back to television haven't come to fruition, including a pilot in 2004 for America's Next Muppet that was never picked up as a series.
Now, a brand new pilot for a Muppet mini-series is being passed around Disney, a spoof on mockumentary series like The Office that has the Muppet gang getting back together to put on a new show after venturing off on their own to find new jobs. That plot actually sounds very similar to The Muppets Take Manhattan. Word has it that the mini-series, if successful, could spawn a brand new primetime Muppet series.
I would love to see the Muppets return to weekly television, but I don't think the franchise ever fully recovered from Jim Henson's death. Henson could not have accomplished what he did without the talented people who worked with him, but without his vision and guidance, the quality of subsequent Muppet productions have been scattershot at best. The Muppets will always be a favorite, but it's difficult to watch them now without the feeling that something always feels out of place. It's unfortunate, but at the same time it's a testament to the impact Jim Henson had when it's clear those he left behind are still struggling to live up to what he created.
Thanks to Trevor for the info.