The Muppets to make TV return
- Bang Showbiz
- 2 March 2012
The Muppets are set to return to TV on a new BBC Saturday teatime show
The Muppets are set to return to TV.
The BBC is to commission an updated version of the show - which follows the adventures of Jim Henson's puppets - which will star Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy alongside a host of new characters for a Saturday teatime programme.
Based on a talk show format featuring a host Muppet, who may be based on a well-known face, the host will interview real-life celebrities in a "cheeky and brash" way.
BBC entertainment executive Karl Warner told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It's a really early doors development, but we have very high hopes.
"The idea is that it will be very firmly anchored in the world of the chat show, but based around a new character created by The Henson Company.
"The Muppets were a phenomenon and nobody seems to have been developing anything in this area. The Henson Company has shown us some puppets, and their versatility is very exciting."
The show - provisionally titled 'No Strings Attached' - will also feature sketches and games like the original series.
'The Muppets' TV series ran for five years from 1976 and as well as Kermit and Miss Piggy, other characters included Fozzie Bear, Beaker, Gonzo and Animal.
A BBC spokeswoman said: "Plans are in the early stages but it is very exciting."