It's time to play the music and light the lights once again, as ABC is planning to revive "The Muppet Show."
Following up on a tweet from Production Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed "The Big Bang Theory" co-creator Bill Prady is co-writing the script for a pilot presentation to be shown in May to advertisers. If everyone likes what they see, ABC is expected to give a straight-to-series order.
Bob Kushnell ("3rd Rock From the Sun") is also on board as co-writer and showrunner, with executive producer Randall Einhorn ("Wilfred") directing the pilot presentation.
TVLine, which says the presentation will be shot under the title "Muppets 2015," snagged the logline: "“The Muppets excitedly gather at ABC for a meeting about the new 'Muppet Show.' However, the show will not move forward unless Miss Piggy signs on.”
Initial reports suggest that, like the TV series that aired in syndication from 1976 to 1981, the pilot will be a comedy-variety series featuring celebrity cameos. It's also expected to introduce new characters, including Fozzie's girlfriend and her parents.
ABC previously revived the franchise in 1996 with the short-lived "Muppets Tonight." ABC Studios and its Disney sibling Muppet Studios are producing this new effort.