Muppets Now will be the first series from The Muppets Studios to premiere on Disney+ July 31.
The Muppets are back in action! Kermit The Frog, Miss Piggy, The Great Gonzo, and the rest of the gang will be back on a new series premiering on Disney+ this summer.
As part of Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+’s celebration of National #StreamingDay Muppets Now was officially announced and given a premiere date on Disney’s streaming platform. Muppets Now will be the first The Muppets Studios project to premiere exclusively on Disney+.
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Following the announcement by Disney+ on Twitter quite a few of the Muppets had something to say about the key art that was used and offered up what their choices would have been including Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, and Gonzo The Great.
Muppets Now is an unscripted series made up of three different segments. The improvised sitcom style show will feature segments including a cooking show, game show, and talk show. Muppets Now was directed by Kirk Thatcher and filmed over the course of six days.
Thatcher has a long history in the world of The Muppets. His directorial debut was the 2002 NBC movie It’s A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie. He has also directed A Muppets Christmas: Letter To Santa and The Muppets Wizard Of Oz. Thatcher was a writer and supervising producer on the Emmy Award winning ABC television series Muppets Tonight which ran for two seasons from 1996 to 1998. Thatcher also co-wrote the film Muppet Treasure Island.
The official synopsis of the upcoming series Muppets Now is below:
Muppets Now is The Muppets Studio’s first original series for Disney+. In the six-episode first season, Scooter rushes to make his delivery deadlines and upload the brand-new Muppet series for streaming. They are due now, and he’ll need to navigate whatever obstacles, distractions, and complications the rest of the Muppet gang throws at him.
Overflowing with spontaneous lunacy, surprising guest stars and more frogs, pigs, bears (and whatevers) than legally allowed, the Muppets cut loose in Muppets Now with the kind of startling silliness and heartfelt fun that first made them famous.
It will be exciting to see The Muppets on our screen again getting back to their roots of crazy comedy and ridiculous antics. With exciting guest stars and our favorites from the Muppets gang, this is sure to be loads of fun for the whole family.
The Muppets were created by Jim Henson in the 1950s. Kermit The Frog, the leader of the Muppets and one of the most recognized, was one of Henson’s earliest creations. The Muppets originally appeared on the television series Sam and Friends (1955-1961) which was developed by Jim and Jane Henson. The Muppets appeared in skits on a number of late night talk shows including The Ed Sullivan Show and The Jimmy Dean Show. The Muppets even appeared on Saturday Night Live during “The Land Of Gorch” segments.
The Muppets grew to international recognition and became beloved characters through the series The Muppet Show which ran from 1976 to 1981 and won four Primetime Emmy Awards. The Muppets Show debuted new characters including Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, and Animal.
In the 1970s and 1980s The Muppets moved from the small screen to the silver screen with a number of theatrical releases including The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper. Disney acquired the Muppets in 2004 after over a decade of negotiations for $75 million. Following the acquisition, Disney released two more Muppets films in theaters The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted. This was followed by the short-lived ABC series The Muppets. Muppets Now was announced at the 2019 D23 Expo as part of the slate of original content for Disney+. Muppets Now will premiere on Disney+ July 31.
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