ABC's new show made a big impact at Comic-Con International in San Diego when they unveiled the concept behind "The Muppets."
At the SDCC panel for "The Muppets," executive producer and co-creator Bill Prady explained that the show's makers tried to imagine what Jim Henson would do today with a Muppets-fronted series. And what he and his colleagues came up with is "The Office" meets "The Larry Sanders Show."
As you've seen from the show's teaser, the comedy series will be shot in a faux documentary style like "The Office." But the premise will focus on the Muppets reuniting to produce "Up Late With Miss Piggy," a late night talk show-within-the-show which airs after "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
Kermit is the show-within-a-show's executive producer. Gonzo is its head writer with Rizzo and Pepe as his colleagues in the writer's room. "Scooter is the talent co-ordinator. Fozzie is her sidekick on air," Executive producer/co-creator Bob Kushell said, winning cheers from the crowd. "Sam Eagle is the head of broadcast standards." And Swedish Chef will be craft services, naturally.
This setup will not only allow for tons of opportunities to loop in any Muppet from the franchise's history, but also for a parade of celebrity cameos. No could-be guest stars were tipped just yet, but the producers also suggested musical talent could come on board. "We're going to have music but probably in a more contemporary way," Prady said, adding that some songs might play at the karaoke/piano bar across the street from "Up Late With Miss Piggy"s studio. This jumping night spot is owned by none other than Rowlf the Dog.
"The Muppets" will extend beyond Piggy's soundstage and into the personal lives of the Muppets, including their love lives. Fozzie's dating a human woman, much to the dismay of her parents! Kermit and Piggy are on the outs again, with the frog seeing a new love interest named "Denise" who works in marketing, while Piggy--who poppsed up at the panel along with co-stars Kermit, Rizzo, Gonzo, Pepe, Fozzie and Rowlf--said of her relationship status, "Who am I not dating. The pig's having little fun!"
Look for a full rundown of this panel in the coming days.
"The Muppets" will premiere September 22nd at 8PM.