One of the most anticipated new TV shows of the 2015-16 season, The Muppets premiered with great ratings. Unfortunately, the new adult take on the classic characters isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and the numbers have dropped more than 50%. ABC ordered three more episodes but, with this ratings trajectory, the series could easily be cancelled.
The network is replacing series co-creator, executive producer and showrunner Bob Kushell. Word is that he and co-showrunner Bill Prady had different ideas about the creative direction of the series. Galavant’s Kristin Newman is currently in negotiations to replace him as part of her overall deal with ABC Studios.
The plan is for the series to go on hiatus once episode 10 is completed. Those will air before the holidays. The remaining six installments will be used as an attempt to reboot and relaunch the series in mid-season.
We’ll have to wait and see if current viewers are willing to stick with The Muppets series and if those who’ve abandoned the show can be convinced to give it another try.
What do you think? Is a reboot/relaunch of The Muppets series a good idea? If you’ve given up on the sitcom, will you give it another try?