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THE MUPPETS: Bill Prady Previews the New ABC Comedy

September 22, 2015 by  

Credit: ABC/Eric McCandless

Credit: ABC/Eric McCandless

THE MUPPETS are taking center stage on ABC, and they have an established writer in their corner: THE BIG BANG THEORY co-creator Bill Prady.

Prady — who began his writing career at Jim Henson Productions — co-created the 2015 version of the series with Bob Kushell, and this new version is showcasing these characters in a bit of a new light.

While writing on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Prady and his fellow writers were open about tackling episodes as they came (versus planning out huge arcs), and Prady shared he’s using the same method on THE MUPPETS.

“It’s the same process; we just try to come up with the best story we can,” Prady said. “We write the Muppets as real people, with real relationships, and real lives.”

Case in point? Miss Piggy, who is the host of her own show in this world  — THE MUPPETS follows the backstage shenanigans of the cast/crew of her show, UP LATE WITH MISS PIGGY — discovers that her employees aren’t including her in post-work fun.

“We have a fun story where Miss Piggy discovers that after the show, everyone goes out to the bar, and they don’t invite her,” Prady teased. “And that’s [a real] workplace story: when the boss finds out he’s not invited with everyone else.”

Of course, the biggest real life issue the characters on the show are facing is what made waves over the summer: THE MUPPETS’ core duo, Kermit and Miss Piggy, have broken up. And while Kermit and Miss Piggy have differing views on their split, Prady diplomatically allowed, “I can’t fault either of them.”

For his part, Prady is enjoying being able to write for these characters again.

“The whole thing makes me happy,” he gushed. “I have credentials that go back — I hate to say it — 30-plus years. All of this is great, but it doesn’t come close to walking out on that stage with these old friends. There’s nothing as good as that.”

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