Despite an attempt to turn things around with a new showrunner in the middle of the first season, The Muppets hasn’t really caught on with audiences the way ABC had hoped. What once seemed like a surefire hit (it’s the Muppets!) turned into a bizarre experiment (it’s a meta-fake-documentary series!) before ultimately becoming an interesting failure (shrug emoji), at best. The short version: ABC has cancelled The Muppets after just one season.
A little inside-baseball saw ABC recently shifting leadership from former boss Paul Lee to Channing Dungey, and as such, little time was wasted issuing 15 renewals across the network. Not only will the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. return for a fourth season, so too will everything from black-ish to Quantico to Dancing With the Stars will get additional runs. That said, who was left off of the list?
Despite looking like an early smash, ABC’s The Muppets hasn’t quite caught fire in the manner originally hoped, boasting modest ratings amid some critical derision. Nothing felt can stay, it seems, as showrunner Bob Kushell has left the series amid rumors of conflict, leaving The Muppets likely to change focus in 2016.
Even as the pool of network pilots make smaller and smaller splashed each year, one wouldn’t expect The Muppets to be one-and-done. As such, ABC has officially granted a full-season order to the mockumentary take on our beloved felt classics, though a full season in this case has a slightly altered meaning.
The sudden development and greenlight of ABC’s upcoming Muppets series left it vaguely unclear how the gang would function in a regular mockumentary format, but Kermit and Miss Piggy dropped by TCA to offer a clue. The series will revolve around the behind-the-scenes workings of Piggy’s own late-night talk show, complete with real guests the likes of Imagine Dragons or Reese Witherspoon.
Last week saw The Muppets treating fans to the 10-minute pilot pitch that won them a new ABC series this fall, placing Kermit and the gang in a more adult context as a behind-the-scenes mockumentary. ABC appears to be running with that ball, promising “full-frontal nudity” and more by its first posters for the fall premiere.
ABC’s upcoming Muppets mockumentary series only had so much to show at its recent Comic-Con 2015 panel, but with an actual premiere as far away as September, Kermit, Ms. Piggy, Gonzo and the gang dug deep for a special preview. Check out the 10-minute presentation that convinced ABC to make a new Muppets series!
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has made some solid Season 3 casting changes to date, but speaking of dates, ABC has officially granted one to Coulson and his team. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will officially return in late September, as revealed by ABC’s fall 2015 lineup.
Welp, that was fast! Just a short while after ABC released its full fall 2015 lineup, here come the trailers. The Muppets go “adult” in the first mockumentary preview for their new series, while Uncle Buck lives, FBI agents join Quantico, and even Community star Ken Jeong gets in the three-camera sitcom game by the latest trailers.
ABC is the latest of the broadcast networks to throw out their 2015-2016 schedules, and while few major upsets are in store, the network still had some surprising news. Will Castle or Grey’s Anatomy go on beyond their next seasons? And which of the freshman series will get an unexpected reboot?