Kermit and the gang are coming back! It was just announced at Disney's D23 Expo that Jim Henson's beloved creations will star in a new short-form series titled Muppets Now. The series will be produced as an original for the Disney+ streaming service. While the service is set to launch in November, the new show will debut sometime in 2020.
The announcement came as part of the massive Disney+ panel at D23. While many of the shows and projects that were discussed had already been announced, this served as one of the big surprises. Few details were revealed, but the official Kermit the Frog Twitter account shared the news shortly after it broke. It was shared with a heavily-redacted letter penned by Kermit. Here's what was said in the caption.
"Coming exclusively to #DisneyPlus in 2020, The Muppets proudly present Muppets Now, a new short-form unscripted series! I'd love to tell you more, but Joe The Legal Weasel is right behind me. Gulp!"
The letter promises celebrity guests stars, though none are specifically named. The interesting angle here is that the show will be unscripted. That means we could see the Muppets doing improv with these mystery celebrity guest stars. It had been previously rumored that Josh Gad was working on an 80s-set Muppets show for Disney+. There is no indication at this time that Gad is involved, nor was it made clear if this will have a period setting, though that doesn't seem to be the case.
The Muppets originally debuted in 1976 on The Muppet Show. To this day, they remain one of Jim Henson's most beloved creations. In the years since, they have starred in several movies, various different versions of the show and have managed to remain relevant in the pop culture landscape. However, it's been some time since they've been given a large platform to truly succeed on. The last time we saw the characters on the small screen was in ABC's failed The Muppets TV series, which took a behind the scenes approach, much like The Office, and last just one season. The last time the characters saw success was in the 2011 big screen effort, The Muppets, which made the grade both critically and commercially. It spawned a less successful sequel in the form of Muppets Most Wanted.
It's worth noting that this series doesn't mean the alleged Josh Gad series, which is said to have Once Upon a Time showrunners Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis attached, won't happen. Perhaps Disney wants to see what the appetite for the brand is before diving in head first. Muppets Now does not currently have a firm release date. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. Disney+ will launch on November 12 for $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually. Be sure to check out the letter from the Kermit the Frog Twitter account below.