The Muppets are back, and it’s hard to bet against them in any situation.

This time around, the show is self-described as a “more adult” version of the idea, one that is not strictly based on a variety show, but the behind-the-scenes story of their lives. It’s personal now, much like many of their films, and according to the sneak peek trailer, there’s a page out of the Ted playbook involved as well.

The show also seems to be throwing some wrenches into the traditional view of what’s going on in these lives we’ll be examining, especially in terms of the fact that Kermit has “moved on.”

There will obviously be lots of long-term and guest humans in play here, and at least some of these humans are pretty seriously intertwined in the lives of our band of usual suspects.

Also, Gonzo is apparently unimpressed with The Office, Modern Family, and the overall takeover of the interview splice. Well, what can you do?

Whatever else may happen this fall, The Muppets is going to be the show people are talking about… for a while at least.


 

The Muppets Trailer

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The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires.

This is a more adult Muppet show, for “kids” of all ages.
Bill Prady (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Bob Kushell (“Anger Management”) are co-writers and executive producers. Randall Einhorn (“Wilfred”), Bill Barretta, Debbie McClellan and Kyle Laughlin are also executive producers. “The Muppets” is produced by ABC Studios and The Muppets Studio.

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Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.