Why ABC's The Muppets isn't a Variety Show

Norman Weiss

Why ABC's The Muppets isn't a variety show
The Muppets will revolve around Miss Piggy as the female late-night talk show host using the mockumentary format popularized by The Office (Kermit will serve as her executive producer). As exec producer Bill Prady explains, they opted not to mock variety shows because, unlike the '70s Muppet Show, the variety format isn't all the rage these days. Besides, says Prady, the mockumentary sitcom is something Jim Henson would be making fun of if he were still alive.

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