Earlier today TBS announced plans to ramp up production on original programming for the network. Aside from the renewal of several already successful TBS shows ("My Boys", "The Bill Engvall Show" and "Frank TV"), the network announced the addition of several new television projects to their upcoming production line up. Among the new projects, TBS has announced that they've partnered with The Jim Henson Company to develop an all-new late-night sketch comedy show. The currently untitled series will feature Henson's signature puppetry style and is expected to be part of the “Henson Alternative" brand of comedy. The original sketch comedy show is expected to enter production later this year with Brian Henson and Lisa Henson serving as executive producers on the project.
This project is not Henson's first collaboration with TBS. In 2006, Henson worked with the network to develop "Late Night Buffet", an unseen pilot for a puppet-based talk show. In November 2006, the network aired an hour-long television presentation of the Jim Henson Company's "Puppet Up! - Uncensored" from the Comedy Festival in Los Vegas. And more recently, Henson has produced original webisodes of "Puppet Up!" and "Del's Vegas Comedy Binge" for TBS.com's laugh lab. I will be sure to keep you updated as soon as more information on this exciting new sketch comedy show develops.