Muppet Show to make TV comeback after 27 years

August 28th, 2008 - 6:27 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Aug 28 (ANI): The Muppet Show is poised to return to TV for its first series in 27 years.

Jim Henson-created Kermit the frog and his comedy pals could be on their way back thanks to a new Disney film.

The comedy show, which ran from 1976 to 1981, won an Emmy in 1978 for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series.

In the movie, written by Forgetting Sarah Marshall star and writer Jason Segel, the Muppets reunite to save their studio with one last variety show.

Should the film go well, it opens up the possibility of a television programme, also written by 28-year-old Segel.

“Jason is a massive Muppets fan and is seen as the man to finally bring The Muppet Show back to TV. It will obviously have all its old fans but Jason’’s comedy is hugely popular with youngsters so it will open it up to a whole new audience, Telegraph quoted a source, as saying.

The source added: “If the movie script is popular Jason will write the TV series too. He is already coming up with ideas for it.”

Although there have been a number of spin-offs, including Muppets Tonight in 1996, The Muppet Show originally ran from 1976 to 1981, and made famous characters such as Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Gonzo.

In the original series, Kermit, arguably the world’’s most famous frog, was the show’’s stage manager, attempting to keep order amidst the chaos, while being pursued by Miss Piggy. (ANI)

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