Long before such modern classics like Dog With a Blog aired on television, there lived an era of entertainment led by a frog, a pig, a bear, an animal and a bird. These anthropomorphic comedians were called the Muppets (a mixture of the word marionette and puppet), and since their birth by creator Jim Henson, they have been a driving force in television sketch comedy.
Known for their absurd, clever and comedic writing, these Muppets took the world by storm spawning countless movies, guest appearances and five decades of small screen action. Their main appeal being their in-character awareness and self-referential comedy, the Muppets were just as much for adults as they were for children.
With several late night talk show and guest appearances, the Muppets quickly developed into much more than just mere puppets, becoming living, breathing entities. Though always being aware of their existence as puppets, the genius came from the show's clever writing and comedic prowess.
After almost two decades of small screen silence, the Muppets are finally starting to scratch the surface. With the less than stellar success of the latest two entries in the movie saga, there was not much hope for Muppet fans who wished to once again see their favourite characters on the air, however, it would seem that ABC television network may have something else in mind.
The network has ordered a Pilot to be written by Bill Prady, the co-creator of the Big Bang Theory and Bob Kushell of Anger Management. In this Pilot, Muppet veterans Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear and Gonzo will meet with ABC to discuss the possibility of reviving their classic television program, The Muppets Show, which would reprise itself in the form of sketch comedy and as variety show.
Without a doubt, if the main draw of this show was not the Muppets themselves, there was always a guest star to keep the show original and exciting (à la Saturday Night Live). This will of course continue to be the case for the revival as it is a proven formula for success.
Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady is no stranger to the Muppets universe, as he worked under creator of the Muppets, Jim Henson in 1982. It is no doubt that there is demand for a revival of the Muppets and this age of television is the perfect time. With countless stars already willing to appear on the program, it is favourable that The Muppets Show could rake in the ratings and once again reach the glory of times gone past.
Comedy appears to once again be going through a change. Smart and clever comedy as seen on television shows like Parks and Recreation and The Office appear to be taking a rise in popularity, while shows like Family Guy and South Park are beginning to lose momentum. This brand of comedy was a specialty when it came to the Muppets, and there is no doubt that it will translate well to this generation's audiences.
Needless to say, The Muppets Show would be welcomed back with open arms. As a pivotal piece of television history, the show could introduce itself to the youth of this generation, and could hold the nostalgia factor for those who knew the show during the original run. For those born after the Muppets era, it is the perfect excuse to return to the originals and catch up. Until the official announcement however, fans are left only to speculate the return of their favourite pupp- er, Muppets, however, things are looking promising. We may hear about a Rainbow Connection sooner than later. Until then, we can dream.
Its time to play the music, Its time to light the lights
Its time to meet the muppets on the Muppet Show tonight.
Its time put on makeup, Its time to dress up right
Its time to raise the curtain on the Muppet Show tonight