Grumble all you want, Statler and Waldorf: The Muppets are officially coming back to TV.
ABC on Thursday ordered to series a contemporary, documentary-style show about the iconic puppets, executive-produced by Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory).
Additionally, the network picked up the comedies Dr. Ken and The Real O’Neals, starring Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope).
Here’s the logline/casting/pedigree info for each of the new shows:
WRITERS: Jared Stern, Mike O’Connell, Ken Jeong
OTHER EPs: John Davis, John Fox, Mike Sikowitz
CAST: Ken Jeong (Community), Albert Tsai (Trophy Wife), Dave Foley (Hot in Cleveland), Suzy Nakamura (Go On), Tisha Campbell-Martin (Martin), Jonathan Slavin (Better Off Ted), Krista Marie Yu (The Thundermans)
Dr. Ken is a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. He is always trying to be a good doctor, as well as a good husband and dad to his two kids. However, these good intentions have a way of driving everyone crazy at both work and at home. Luckily, his therapist wife Allison is just the right partner to keep things sane.
WRITERS: Bill Prady and Bob Kushell
OTHER EPs: Randall Einhorn, Bill Barretta
The Muppets return to prime time with a series that, for the first time ever, will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires; a more adult Muppet show, for kids of all ages.
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THE REAL O’NEALS
WRITERS: David Windsor, Casey Johnson
OTHER EPs: Dan Savage, Brian Pines, Dan McDermott
CAST: Jay R. Ferguson (Mad Men), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), Noah Galvin, Mathew Shively, Bebe Wood, Mary Hollis Inboden
A contemporary take on a seemingly perfect Catholic family, whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter where everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real.