Deciding it’s time to get things started, ABC has given a series order to the revival of “The Muppet Show.”
Described as a “more adult” version of the classic comedy-variety series, “The Muppets” will take a documentary-style approach, moving beyond the theater to explore the personal lives of the beloved characters. (That’s the first image from the show above.)
Bill Prady (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Bob Kushnell (“3rd Rock From the Sun”) will co-write and executive produce, alongside Randall Einhorn and Bill Barretta.
The “Muppets” news comes amid a flurry of renewals, new pickups and cancellations from the network, most notably new seasons for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter.”
Also renewed: dramas “Castle,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Nashville,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Scandal,” “American Crime” and “Secrets and Lies,” comedies “black-ish,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family” and “Galavant,” and reality and alternative series “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Shark Tank,” “Beyond the Tank” and “20/20.”
New series orders went to six dramas: “The Catch,” a thriller from Shonda Rhimes about a successful fraud investigator (“The Killing’s” Mirelle Enos) who about to be defrauded by her fiance; “The Family,” a thriller that stars Joan Allen, about a politician’s son who returns after disappearing decades earlier; “Of Kings and Prophets,” a biblical saga that stars Ray Winstone as King Saul; “Quantico,” which centers on a group of new recruits at the FBI Quantico Base, one of whom is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11; an untitled project from Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne that pits a working-class couple against a ruthless tycoon in the booming North Dakota oilfields, starring Don Johnson, Chace Crawford, Rebecca Rittenhouse and Delory Lindo; and “Wicked City,” a planned Los Angeles crime anthology that begins with a 1982 murder, starring Adam Rothenberg, Ed Westwick, Taissa Farmiga and Gabriel Luna
In addition to “The Muppets,” ABC ordered two other comedies: “Dr. Ken,” which stars “Community” veteran Ken Jeong as a brilliant physician with no bedside manner; and “The Real O’Neals,” based on Dan Savage’s book, about a seemingly perfect Catholic family (headed by Martha Plimpton and Jay R. Ferguson) whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed.
Which leaves the cancellations: “Forever,” “Resurrection” and “Cristela.”
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