The Muppets are set to return to UK television screens, but for those of you who might be expecting the puppets to get up to all sorts of childish and colourful antics, you're undoubtedly mistaken. Channelling titles such as Modern Family, Parks And Recreation and The Office, the comedy show is said to be told in "mockumentary" style and promises to be much more adult-based when it comes to its humour.
For the first time ever, the 13-part series, co-created by The Big Bang Theory's Bill Prady and 3rd Rock From The Sun's Bob Kushell, will follow both the personal and professional lives of everyone's favourite Muppets, as they produce Los Angeles-based late-night fictional talk show, Up Late With Miss Piggy.
Within the show, Kermit is now the chat show's executive producer, whilst The Great Gonzo acts as head writer. The Swedish Chef is in charge of catering, Scooter is the show's talent booking agent and Fozzie Bear is a struggling comedian, as well as the on-air announcer. Animal is the drummer in the programme's house band The Electric Mayhem and as you can guess from the name, Miss Piggy is the host.
As well as being set in an almost 30 Rock-esque environment that appeals to an older audience, the show will cover a wide range of more mature humorous subjects. For example, Animal and the rest of Electric Mayhem are enjoying the benefits of living in a state where marijuana is legal and Fozzie struggles with impressing his new human girlfriend. It will also delve into the real reasons why Kermit and Miss Piggy split.
The series had an earlier premiere in the US in September and has so far been met with positive reactions. One reviewer on IMDb commented how "the Muppets were in fine form," and praised it for its bravery in making the show "not as innocent as the original but [neither] vulgar or inappropriate." Another simply wrote that the show was "really fun and enjoyable, in how it brought the old series into modern-day."
Some viewers also shared their enthusiasm for the series on Twitter, with one tweeter confessing that it was their "new favourite show".
Guest stars across the entire series that have been announced so far include Topher Grace, Josh Groban, Laurence Fishburne, Jay Leno, Christina Applegate, Nick Offerman Liam Hemsworth, Ed Helms and Reese Witherspoon. However, there is bound to be even more where those came from, as those are just the famous names popping up in the first five episodes.
The pilot will air on UK television on 19 October on Sky 1 at 8pm, and will feature The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 actress Elizabeth Banks.