Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Muppet Reality Show is Movin' Right Along

People have been buzzing about "America's Next Muppet" for months now. Disney is still planning to relaunch the Muppets with a prime-time ABC "reality” parody series. Fans are wondering if the recent turn-over in Disney and Muppet Holding Company management will affect the project, which was being strongly supported and pushed along by Chris Cutin (ex-general manager of the Muppet Holding Company). Since the new management has stepped into power the show has made significant progress towards becoming a reality (no pun intended).

A network representative has said that the Muppet project is still in the extremely early stages of development. But ABC has now officially ordered a pilot script and five additional script outlines for "America's Next Muppet". This will be shot in the format of a "reality show", and will use a lot of the same syntax and cinematic grammar that the genre has developed, however like all past Muppet TV shows will be scripted. If ABC is impressed with the pilot episode script and the pilot episode, than the five outlines will start being turned into scripts and episodes. These six episodes are hoped to air in Spring/Summer 2006, and if successful then more episodes could be ordered, and the series continued. I'll keep you all posted as more develops.

4 comments:

PUPPETMASTAZ said...

Hi Greg,
this is Jakob, Manager of the world´s first Toygroup, the PUPPETMASTAZ from Berlin.
I would like to enter some of our Puppets to the America´s Next Muppet Contest. Please have a look at www.puppetmastaz.com and check out what they do. At the moment, Puppetmastaz are touring in Germany and France and they just have been releasing their second Album, "Creature Shock Radio"
I wouild also be very thankful if you llet me know whom to contact at Henson to go on with my requests...
Thanks a lot for your help
Jakob

Philo said...

The "America's Next Muppet" program is not a real contest or an open talent search. All the "contestants" will be Muppets (not outside puppet acts – the Muppets’ puppets), and it’ll all are scripted, planned, and staged to mimic, mock, and spoof reality TV. Its not a real talent search, sorry.

Anonymous said...

Any new news (since it is past Spring/Summer 2006)?

Anonymous said...

Any new news (since it is past Spring/Summer 2006)?