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The series would join other original programming for the platform from the company's Marvel and Star Wars properties, as well as new versions of High School Musical, The Parent Trap, Father of the Bride, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
In February 2019, a website called "Splash Report" published an item about the Josh Gad-penned project Muppets Live Another Day, which would follow the events of The Muppets Take Manhattan. The project would subsequently be shelved by September.
In May 2019, The DisInsider reported a series of improvised Muppet shorts would be produced for the platform. The approximate ten-minute shorts would take the formats of "three different segments of a game show, a cooking show, and a talk show."
An official announcement was released on The Muppets' social media accounts on August 23, 2019. A press statement written and signed by Kermit the Frog (with sections redacted in black marker under the legal restriction of Joe the Legal Weasel) announces Muppets Now, an unscripted short-form series featuring celebrity guest stars. A teaser video featuring Kermit and Joe the Legal Weasel was simultaneously screened at the Disney + panel at the D23 Expo.
Kirk Thatcher served as director for the shorts which consist of eighteen episodes at ten minutes each for a series of "three types of shows" for a total of approximately three hours of content filmed over six days.
- ↑ The Hollywood Reporter "Disney Planning Another Muppets Reboot for Its Streaming Service (Exclusive)" by Lesley Goldberg, February 21, 2018
- ↑ splashreport.com "The Muppets Project for Disney+" by Jean-François Allaire, Feb 7, 2019
- ↑ The DisInsider: EXCLUSIVE: Muppets Variety Shorts Coming To Disney+, May 20, 2019.
- ↑ Variety ‘The Muppets’ Short-Form Series Coming to Disney Plus
- ↑ Kirk Thatcher official website
- ↑ GalaxyCon Louisville (at 46:15) Dec 22, 2019