Ker­mit and Miss Piggy split, but team up on ABC

The China Post - - ARTS - BY ALICIA RANCILIO

Ker­mit the Frog and Miss Piggy, who have been on-again, offa­gain over the years, have now called it quits. But they’re vow­ing to re­main pro­fes­sional on their new prime- time com­edy, “The Mup­pets,” pre­mier­ing Sept. 22 on ABC in the U.S.

The pair con­firmed their breakup at a bian­nual ABC panel for TV crit­ics Tues­day. A state­ment fol­lowed on their of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­counts.

“Peo­ple change. So do frogs and pigs. ... We were to­gether for a long, long time and it’s per­sonal,” Ker­mit said.

Ker­mit also ac­knowl­edged start­ing a new re­la­tion­ship with another pig, a woman named Denise who works in ABC Mar­ket­ing.

“The Mup­pets” is a mock­u­men­tary-style look at Ker­mit, Piggy, Fozzie and the gang as they pro­duce a late-night talk show for Miss Piggy called “Up Late With Miss Piggy.”

The for­mer cou­ple sat at Tues­day’s panel with co-ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers Bill Prady and Bob Kushell.

Prady said the idea to bring “The Mup­pets” back to prime time came up eight years ago but the tim­ing wasn’t right. He took the idea to ABC in Fe­bru­ary. He said the net­work wanted a pi­lot right away so he cre­ated a 10-minute pre­sen­ta­tion.

He hoped to take the sum­mer to do more, but ABC or­dered the show to se­ries with a fall pre­miere.

“There’s no part of me what­so­ever that did not want to wait,” Prady said. “This went very fast and, you know, it makes the work harder.”

Although there will be mu­si­cal guests, the show will be less like a va­ri­ety show and more like “The Of­fice” or “Mod­ern Fam­ily.”

This is a new di­rec­tion for “The Mup­pets,” but Kushell said he be­lieves it will ap­peal to both old and new fans.

“Any­body that hasn’t seen ‘The Mup­pets’ in the past will see this whole new world and it will seem fresh and orig­i­nal and new to them, and any­body that has grown up with that will have that nos­tal­gic feel but also their minds blown by the way we are do­ing the show,” he said.

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