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Jim Henson Co. Puppet Sitcom Coming To NBC

It’s been Muppet-mania around town these last few weeks. Jim Henson’s wonderfully hilarious fabric creations are once again heading to the big screen along with Jason Segel, Amy Adams and a slew of other humans so it’s no wonder the Jim Henson Co. is bringing puppets back to primetime television. This is awesome news but yes, I said puppets, not Muppets. Half-sad face.

Deadline reports a hybrid human-puppet project is in the works at NBC called The New Nabors, “a comedy about a human family and the repercussions they encounter living next door to a family of puppets.”

“Feature writer John Hoffman (Fox 2000′s Afterlife) and 30 Rock executive producer John Riggi will write the script for The New Nabors, which they developed with Lisa Henson and The Jim Henson Co.,” says Deadline.  Apparently the spelling of the show’s title is an homage to actor-singer Jim Nabors but no further details are available at this time.

NBC, as you may remember, had a hybrid human-puppet sitcom back in the 80s called Alf but haven’t tried the combination since then. Is it time for a new round of puppets to become stars? How would Kermit feel about this? Of course we’d all love to see the actual Muppets back on the air but perhaps it’s time for a new generation to make us laugh. What do you think?

And don’t forget to check out our review of The Muppets coming up later in the day!

(via /Film)

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  • Jason Seas

    Perhaps I am one of the few people around that really liked Greg The Bunny when it was on Fox (was it them?) that I would give it a shot.

  • Heather Harris

    I liked Greg The Bunny, which was humans and puppets all mixed together, so this sounds pretty good to me!

  • TKS

    It’s a good thing they shelved Community.  If they hadn’t they wouldn’t have room for Whitney, the Munsters reboot, AND this.  Crisis averted.

    Britta’d it.

  • Anonymous

    I’m intrigued, but I can’t give this article a thumbs up or down…..thumbs….sideways?  Time will tell.  I love Alf as a child, and I also liked Greg the Bunny. 

    But NBC is what makes me worry most, they just seem to always make the wrong choices when it comes to their shows (that experiment of theirs with Whitney just makes me cringe and I mourn the hiatus of Community). It’s come to the point that I pretty much refuse to watch anything new on NBC since the stuff I enjoy tends to be cancelled.  I would check out this puppet sitcom though, but I don’t hold out much hope.

  • Anonymous

    I am disappoint.

  • Jamie Murphy

    Very strong chance that sitcom will get the axe…

  • nmlop

    I wish a Jim Henson puppet scifi show would come instead! And by that I mean Farscape. More Farscape please!

  • A Talbot

    This Makes me really excited. I mean, sure, its not gonna be the Muppets we all know and love, but that doesn’t mean that these characters aren’t going to be lovable as well! I believe if this is correctly executed, it will be a great show with lovable, memorable characters!

  • Anonymous

    Greg the Bunny was great.  Anything Henson-like I will at least give a shot.