Fall TV Preview

Fall TV: ABC Orders The Muppets, Dr. Ken and Martha Plimpton Comedy

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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:

DR. KEN
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.

THE MUPPETS
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.

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.

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19 Comments
  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    The Muppets coming back to TV on ABC? That’s something.

  2. Wtactualf says:

    I’ll never invest my time in another ABC show again! #Selfie #Cristela

  3. Sheldon W. says:

    Well, one of the three should be fun (yay, Muppetts!).

  4. iHeart says:

    SING IT WITH ME FOLKS! IT’S TIME TO PLAY THE MUSIC,IT’S TIME TO LIGHT THE LIGHTS

  5. Kathy says:

    The new Muppets show sounds like it might be worth a watch. The other two — not so much.

  6. I think I’ve got a throat in my frog.

  7. Maria says:

    I am completely DONE with ABC now that they’ve cancelled Forever.

  8. Joey Padron says:

    happy The Muppets are coming back to TV full time! glad Ken’s new show got pickup.

  9. PEarl says:

    I have a weird feeling that they will ruin Muppets for everyone T_T
    And Dr. Ken sounds like a bad, bad show.
    They really canceled Cristela for this???
    Bad, bad choice!!!

  10. Kit says:

    Yet again ABC has cancelled what was an intelligent, thoughtful, well-acted program (Forever) only to replace it with tired, flash-in-the pan, uninspired drivel and expects everyone to be excited about it. I’ll take a pass on these three – they aren’t worth the time and in the case of ABC it will only be 3-6 weeks max before they are all cancelled. Too bad when ABC realizes what a horrible mistake they’ve made that they can’t bring back any of the quality shows that they’ve given the axe.

  11. Yeah, let’s cancel Forever and bring on more boring comedies. ABC you suck.

  12. Rae Ann says:

    They give up good shows for this crap!!!

  13. Tina Emery says:

    They got rid of Forever and kept Galavant? Really?

  14. Dragonfly says:

    Forever for Dr.Ken. mhhhh? Let me think…. No thank you ABC, I will pass those…nothing u ordered picked my interest.

  15. Please try to keep the sweetness which is the essence of the original show. And don’t forget to let Ms Piggy flirt with every(straight) man who is a guest while still keeping an eye on her first love which is Kermit. Plus at age 60-something I’m becoming more like Statler and Waldof every day!!