New Muppets Series Cancelled at Disney+

Lawrence Kim
September 10, 2019

Plans for another Muppets-centric series for Disney+, Muppets Live Another Day, have been permanently abandoned. Sometimes, creative differences are just that.

The trip behind development on the series included Josh Gad as well as ABC's Once Upon a Time duo Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.

The report states that the trio had been working with Muppet Studios' vice president Debbie McClellan on an eight-episode limited series that took place after the events of Muppets Take Manhattan. Disney acquired The Muppets Studio in 2004. Sounds like Gad, Horowitz, and Kitsis were potentially looking to take the Muppets in a direction not everyone could agree on. The series had never been formally announced, unlike the Muppets Now short form series which is still moving forward at the forthcoming streamer after it was announced at the D23 Expo in August. And, seeing how legendary Muppets performer Frank Oz felt about how Disney and ABC have handled his beloved characters in the past, maybe this is for the best. Well now Disney has made a decision to scrap the whole thing altogether.

However, at least one would-be show is already being cut from the Disney+ lineup. Part of the joy for us, by placing the Muppets in the middle of the 1980's, was to subvert and comment on our current love for all things nostalgia while at the same time allowing the characters to tell a story that would ultimately lead to and end in present day, revealing some secrets along the way.

Disney+ will launch on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

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