The comedy will not return for Season 2.
May 12, 2016
The Muppets television revival will be short-lived, as ABC has cancelled the series after just one season. The reboot got off to a strong start last fall, ranking as the season's highest-rated new series on Tuesday nights after its first five episodes.
Nostalgia evidently started to wear off not long after that, however, and its viewership started to taper off. The network tried to right the ship by bringing in a new showrunner to give the series a midseason reboot, but it failed to breathe new life into the faltering show.
05/14/16 at 09:07pm
Loved this version of the Muppets.. But it was clear from the start.. it was going to get a terrible time slot, and get buried.
NETFLIX - HELP!
05/14/16 at 08:42am
This was a pretty good show that featured elements of "30 Rock" and "The Office". Too bad it was not given more of a chance to develop. The celebrity guest stars were used really well and not wasted. Hmmm..."The Muppets" might have done better if they hired Frank Oz as a showrunner.
05/13/16 at 09:26pm
It COULD have been great. Problem is.. it's muppets so they HAD to consider children watching.. if they'd have written more to adults, it would have been a smash hit.
05/13/16 at 09:35am
Also, Jim Henson helped open the eyes of folk to the idea that we are more alike than we are different. Only a bigot would believe that true strength, wisdom, character and empathy to be negative things to teach kids or adults. Even thought he was from Mississippi, Sesame Street almost didn't make it a local PBS network there in 1969 due to the fact that it featured an interracial cast living, learning and getting along together in the same neighborhood. Bigotry is always present and will always be, but it was never a part of the Muppets. Anyone that believes that they'e somehow formed an agenda doesn't know the first thing about the characters - or the world either. That kind of rhetoric is part of the problem, not the solution.
05/13/16 at 09:27am
I see this as bad form from a network that poached this from Netflix, gave it an initial publicity blast and then quietly ignored it until finally canceling the show. There were some uneven elements that were eventually smoothed out over time. Some promotion to that effect would have drawn some viewers back in. Let's just hope Netflix picks it up. We'll see.
As for the show being "too adult", or that the pig's image is somehow newly sexualized, no lifelong fan with a good memory would ever say that. Miss Piggy aggressively threw herself at quest stars and even had a steamroom moment with one on the Muppet Show. Miss Piggy also had several parody pinup posters in the 80's. The new program dealt with her sex life in an understated way that younger viewers wouldn't pick up on - exactly like the Muppet Show.
The one issue was heart. The Muppets have their crass moments, but there's always heart to balance that out. It took the showrunners a while to find that. If they'd picked a veteran Muppet person to run the show (many were available) that would not have been an issue. Just as DC's Batman and Superman properties were given to a guy who doesn't get their appeal, the Muppets suffered a bit from that fate at the beginning.
05/13/16 at 06:14am
Now that is a shame especially since it ended on a cliffhanger. Sad to see it go, I liked it very much and not only because I grew up with the originals but as a show in itself.
05/13/16 at 06:01am
The Muppet's was nothing more than a way to try and indoctrinate children with globalism, and liberalism. Sesame Street is basically the same. When Donald Trump is President hopefully he slashes PBS's budget and gets that crapolla off the air as well.
05/13/16 at 04:40am
This show though well done suffered from 1) Terrible time slot (Monday's at 8pm) for what the shows creators deemed wasn't meant for children because parents didn't like Miss Piggy's newly sexualized image..I.e episodes where guest hosts had flings with her. 2) ABC's overly capricious scheduling plopping an episode here then dropping another one weeks later (most folks memories aren't that long) So let's take a moment to plead with the folks at NETFLIX, especially in light of the deluge of their original content to please add the Muppets to their repertoire
05/13/16 at 03:05am
That too bad, I really like the show, it so funny.
Oh well, hopefully one day it will revive again.