If you didn't watch the Muppets as a kid, then you severely missed out and you might as well check out the films as an adult, because they are still incredibly enjoyable.
One of my favorite Muppet movies was Muppet Treasure Island, where I discovered my love for pirates and how I was probably one in my past life.
So imagine my excitement when I discovered The Muppets was being made into a television show. It was like reliving my childhood all over again. I couldn't wait to see Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Pepé the King Prawn, Rizzo the Rat, Scooter, Rowlf, and the Electric Mayhem on screen again!
While The Muppets experienced a highly-rated premiere, the following ratings definitely dropped which was hugely disappointing. Ever since, confusion on its creative direction has come into play.
Co-creator/executive producer/showrunner Bob Kushell has left and is set to be replaced by Kristin Newman, as ABC has ordered three more episodes. The first season includes sixteen episodes (ten airing in the fall and the other six after a winter hiatus), so the next three are most likely going to be viewed as a relaunch.
Behind-the-scenes of this first season, there was a dispute about vision for the show between Kushell and co-creator/executive producer Bill Prady. While Prady was only able to semi-participate on the show, he was still making incredibly crucial decisions, sometimes even changing the direction of a script already in production.
Although Kushell was highly liked on set, the inability to agree on vision between Prady and Kushell became very wearing, which even translated to the screen. Many wanted Kushell to stay, but the final decision included Kushell's resignation.
Kristin Newman has worked on shows like That '70s Show, How I Met Your Mother, Single With Parents, Chuck, The Neighbors, Galavants, and Delores and Jermaine just to name a few.
We hope The Muppets can really figure out the drama behind-the-scenes, so that the show will become stronger than ever in front of the camera. With such celebrities as Kermit and Miss Piggy, they already have the gold there.
They just have to figure out how to harvest it!