ABC Cancels ‘The Muppets’ After Just One Baffling Season
Despite an attempt to turn things around with a new showrunner in the middle of the first season, The Muppets hasn’t really caught on with audiences the way ABC had hoped. What once seemed like a surefire hit (it’s the Muppets!) turned into a bizarre experiment (it’s a meta documentary series!) before ultimately becoming an interesting failure (shrug emoji), at best. The short version: ABC has cancelled The Muppets after just one season.
Per Variety, ABC has officially — and unsurprisingly — cancelled The Muppets, which recently underwent a bit of a reboot when Galavant co-executive producer Kristin Newman replaced Bob Kushell as showrunner. Under Kushell’s guidance, The Muppets imagined Jim Henson’s iconic characters as “real,” making them the subjects of a docu-series that explored their lives off-stage.
The more mature concept didn’t seem to really click with audiences, as the Muppets are traditionally more family-friendly and accessible. Newman came to the series during the midseason break, amid rumors that Kushell was clashing with executive producer Bill Prady. ABC hoped to revamp the series a bit before it returned with a shorter order of episodes in the spring, but it looks as though the damage had already been done — and let’s be real here: how many of you knew that The Muppets was still airing on ABC before today?