The reboot from Bill Prady and Bob Kushell will run for a total of 16 episodes. The additional three-episode pickup is six shy of the standard back-nine order, with insiders stressing the shortfall is to accommodate the network’s midseason fare including family comedy The Real O’Neals and its all-black Uncle Book redo.
ABC is betting heavily on the show shoring up its Tuesday lineup, while parent company Disney has dreams of growing The Muppets—like corporate cousins Marvel and Star Wars—into another lucrative, multiplatform franchise.
ABC is filming a proof of concept for a revival of The Muppets. The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady is co-writing the script for a pilot presentation that sources say could be unspooled at May’s upfront presentation to Madison Avenue advertisers. Sources say that the project, if all goes well, could go straight to series.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Benedict Cumberbatch is a star used to working with other stars, but even he was impressed by the cast of a new project. The British actor of “Sherlock” and “Star Trek” fame appears with a pair of “Sesame Street” Muppets in a video posted Tuesday on PBS’ YouTube channel. With the […]
A return to the Oscar stage by Billy Crystal would be a true Hollywood ending after this week’s debacle that started with Brett Ratner’s resignation Tuesday as producer of the show over a gay slur, followed by his pal Eddie Murphy’s departure Wednesday as host.