The Muppets might return to TV, very soon.

ABC Might Be Bringing Back The Muppet Show

ABC Might Be Bringing Back The Muppet Show

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April 3 2015 6:07 PM

ABC Might Be Bringing Back The Muppet Show

The Muppets Show
Time for an encore?

Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights—again? On Friday, the Hollywood Reporter reported that the Muppets may be returning to television with a new series. Bill Prady, one of the creators of The Big Bang Theory, is writing a script for the pilot. Prady began his career as a writer for The Jim Henson Hour and had also tried to revive The Muppet Show several years ago.

ABC is considering the new Muppets show, and THR suggests that they might announce a decision as soon as next month. The Muppets’ variety television show originally ran from 1976 to 1981, followed by its reprisal, Muppets Tonight, from 1996 to 1998. After the success of the recently rebooted Muppets movies, I can’t imagine anyone saying anything bad about this news. (Well, except for you, Statler and Waldorf.)

Jay Deshpande is a former editor of WatchTime and writes about literature and the arts for Slate, the New Republic, and others. Follow him on Twitter.