“The Muppets” series will live once again. Long ago, fans were reintroduced to the characters thanks to the film version starring Jason Segel. However, the “The Muppets” series was short-lived on ABC. On top of that, the 2014 film”Muppets Most Wanted” was a disappointment.
However, Disney is still very much interested in using the Jim Henson Muppet franchise as part of their streaming service. The Hollywood Reporter said “The Muppets” is one of several reboots and remakes planned for the Disney-owned streaming service set to debut in 2019.
For this show to be a success it needs to go back to basics. The original series was a vaudeville or music hall-style song-and-dance variety show that featured glimpses behind the scenes of such a show. Kermit the Frog starred as a showrunner who tries to keep control of the antics of the other Muppet characters.
The show was known for outrageous physical slapstick, sometimes absurdist comedy, and humorous parodies. Each episode also featured a human guest star. As the show’s popularity rose, many celebrities were eager to perform with the Muppets on television and in film.
Here are some reactions on social media to the news of a new Muppets series.
Oh my god yes! AAAAAAH
— Monkey Game (@Monkeygameal) February 21, 2018
Only getting this streaming service for the Muppets
— Ice (@IceSeason101) February 21, 2018
I’ll believe it when I see it…
— The Muppet Mindset (@MuppetMindset) February 21, 2018
The styles of Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi would work for the show, especially considering his work on several episodes of Flight of the Conchords just like “The Muppets” director James Bobin. However, his talents in feature films will keep him away from working on this Disney project.
Rumors floated around that a new show was being considered, perhaps tied to Disney Channel’s upcoming Muppet Babies reboot nearing its premiere date. Making the Muppets one of the launch properties for the new streaming service will give Disney a chance to showcase the unique comedy.
Currently, there is a search for a writer for the series. The project joins at least one new Marvel series and a “Star Wars” live-action show which are in the works for the service along with reboots of properties like “High School Musical,” “The Mighty Ducks,” “Monsters Inc.” and more.
Netflix inked a streaming deal with Disney back in 2012, but it didn’t go into effect until 2016. Disney has said it will end the deal beginning with films released in 2019, and Netflix will keep older films through the end of that year. Disney’s streaming service might feel late, but it already has wildly popular franchises on its side, plus the books, comics, and theme parks they inspire.
What do you think about a reboot of “The Muppets” for the Disney streaming service? What type of format would you like to see for the show? Would this series make you want to buy the Disney channel or is there another one that has you interested? Let us know in the comments section.
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Author: Shawn Rice