After last November's crowd-pleasing, critically acclaimed, and Oscar-winning film The Muppets, Walt Disney Studios has not lost sight of Jim Henson's famous creations. There have been several reports of a sequel being put into production without the involvement of Muppets star/co-writer Jason Segel. The Muppets will also appear as part of a shipwide adventure game/scavenger hunt ("The Case of the Stolen Show") on Disney's newest cruise ship, the "Disney Fantasy." But the biggest news of late is that Disney is trying to reinvigorate the Muppets on the medium where they started, TV.
In an announcement introducing other Disney television series in the works (including a preschool reboot of "Winnie-The-Pooh" and a new cartoon series "Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja" featuring the voices of Tim Curry, Ben Schwartz and Jon Oliver), one of Disney's foreign TV executives hinted at a future on TV for the Muppets. “We would look at a variety of different models. What we'd do is ask what's the right opportunity for the franchise. If you went down the television route it could play on the Disney Channel but it could also play in primetime on a free-to-air network,” said Tricia Wilber, marketing chief and channels manager for Disney in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Is it time to light the lights and play the music once again, or should The Muppets wait until after a sequel?