'The Muppets' Showrunner Steps Down, Series to Reboot in Spring

"The Muppets" showrunner, co-creator and executive producer Bob Kushell has exited the show and "Galavant's" Kristin Newman is in talks to take over his position, Deadline reports. Further, the show will enter hiatus following the tenth episode in order to prepare for a soft reboot in the spring.

Despite a recent full-season pickup, the report says the show's return from its winter hiatus "will likely be treated as a relaunch." Though the series is Tuesday’s highest-rated new show among adults 18-49, ABC is holding the show to higher standards due to the longstanding popularity of the characters; further, the studio has concerns about its creative direction. Regardless, it’s the network’s best-performing Tuesday comedy in four years.

If ABC strikes a deal with Newman, she will executive produce the project alongside Prady, Randall Einhorn, Bill Barretta, Debbie McClellan and Kyle Laughlin.

"The Muppets" is filmed as a mockumentary that follows the lives of the Muppets both on and off the set of the fictional late-night talk show “Up Late with Miss Piggy." The show airs Tuesdays at 8 pm EST.

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