Turns out the Muppets won’t be living another day. Disney+ has scrapped the Muppets comedy series created by Once Upon a Time‘s Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis and Frozen actor Josh Gad. The scripted comedy series, called Muppets Live Another Day, was rumored to be in the works since early this year, but the creators have since exited the project, leading the House of Mouse to abandon the Muppets Disney+ series altogether.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis (Once Upon a Time) and Josh Gad (Frozen) have walked away from Muppets Live Another Day. The trio had been “quietly at work” on the scripted comedy series since at least February, but the “creative differences” reportedly arose after Muppets Studios, which was producing the series, recently changed executives. With its creators gone, Disney+ has opted to abandon work on the series.
Kitsis, Horowitz, and Gad had been prepping the eight-episode limited series they “playfully referred to” as Muppets 1984. The series would have taken place after the events of 1984’s Muppets Take Manhattan and followed the gang as they’re disbanded by Kermit, only to come back together following the mysterious disappearance of Rowlf.
Kitsis and Horowitz had been working directly with Muppets Studios vice president Debbie McClellan on the project. But this is where things get messy. McClellan recently departed Muppets Studios and was replaced by Disney Parks Live Entertainment senior vice president David Lightbody. Per THR:
Lightbody, sources say, wanted to do his own take on The Muppets, while Kitsis, Horowitz and Gad felt strongly about their vision for the show. Lightbody is said to have offered the trio the opportunity to move forward with The Muppets in a new way, but they opted to walk away from the show entirely rather than throw away months of work and a concept they believed in. Sources note that the parting was amicable.
This is the latest Muppets scripted series to fail. ABC had rebooted the characters with Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and Bob Kushell in 2015, but after strong buzz and a viral pilot, the series lost its steam and was canceled after one season. However, the scrapping of Muppets Live Again won’t affect the unscripted shortform series Muppets Now, which will feature beloved characters like Kermit and Miss Piggy alongside celebrity guests. So, in a sense, the Muppets will live again.
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