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Writer Bill Prady and Bob Kushell
Director Randall Einhorn
Guests Elizabeth Banks and Topher Grace
Production The week of April 12, 2015
Premiere July 11, 2015 (Comic-Con)
July 21, 2015 (YouTube)

ABC's first official photo released.

In Spring 2015, it was first reported that ABC was developing a pilot presentation for a new television series featuring the Muppets under the working-title "Muppets 2015".[1] Descriptions of the pilot presentation stated that "The Muppets excitedly gather at ABC for a meeting about the new Muppet Show. However, the show will not move forward unless Miss Piggy signs on."[2] Early sources said the concept for the presentation pilot also features turmoil in Piggy and Kermit's relationship and includes plans for celebrity cameos — including Miss Piggy's current co-star and Fozzie's girlfriend and her parents. It was also reported that the project would be a "more adult Muppet show, for kids of all ages."[3]

According to an early project description from ABC:

Subverting the expectations of reality TV, this mockumentary looks at the day to day lives of the Muppets and the mayhem that ensues as they try to get a new network series up and running. Mixing the Muppets’ signature brand of nonsense with the hilarity of shows like The Comeback and Curb Your Enthusiasm, this series finally answers the question, "What happens when the Muppets go home?"[4]

On April 2, 2015, the news broke that Randall Einhorn would direct the pilot which was written by Bill Prady and Bob Kushell.[5] Prady had produced a similar 'mockumentary' pilot presentation with the Muppets in 2007 which was not picked up.

The presentation pilot filmed the week of April 12, 2015 on the Disney lot in Burbank, CA,[6] and featured celebrity cameos from Elizabeth Banks and Topher Grace (which were removed from the iTunes version).

The pilot presentation reportedly received a standing ovation when it screened for ABC executives in May 2015.[7] It was also screened at San Diego Comic-Con on July 11, 2015.

On July 21, 2015, the entirety of the pilot presentation was posted on YouTube. It was removed from YouTube after the series premiered.



Elizabeth Banks as herself
Topher Grace as himself
Margo Harshman as Becky
Jere Burns as Carl, Becky's father
Meagen Fay as Holly, Becky's mother
Joel Steingold as director


Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Rowlf the Dog, Sam the Eagle, Scooter, Denise, Dr. Teeth, Floyd Pepper, Janice, Animal, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, The Swedish Chef, Chip, Uncle Deadly, Statler and Waldorf, The Newsman, Pepe the King Prawn

Background Muppets

Walterpenguins, Crazy Harry, Dr. Julius Strangepork, Lew Zealand, Big Mean Carl, Behemoth, Sweetums, Zoot, Pops, Beautiful Day Monster, Satay, Rizzo the Rat, Thingy-Thing, Wayne and Wanda, Angel Marie, Vegetables, Bobo the Bear, Robin the Frog, Beauregard


Recycled jokes

Many of the jokes and one-liners from the presentation pilot were later re-used in the actual series itself:

  • The gag with Bunsen tasering Beaker to get everyone's attention (and saying it's safe because he's wearing protective gloves) was recycled in "Pig Girls Don't Cry."
  • Gonzo's aside about hating/loving the one-on-one interviews was reused in "Pig Girls Don't Cry."
  • After introducing his relationship to Denise in "Pig Girls Don't Cry", Kermit reuses the line "What can I say? I'm attracted to pigs."
  • Kermit's line his life is "a bacon-wrapped hell on earth" was reused in "Pig Girls Don't Cry." Sam Eagle walks by and comments that he "can't say hell."
  • Fozzie's response that bears pooping in the woods "is an offensive stereotype!" is recycled in "Pig Girls Don't Cry."
  • Kermit's original joke about the band being happy "legally" now was recycled and said by Scooter in "Hostile Makeover."
  • The gag with Rowlf's post-surgical cone to prevent him from biting the stitches off was used upon his introduction in "Bear Left Then Bear Write."
  • The Swedish Chef's "Swedish Sushi" was re-used in "Pig Out."

Behind the Scenes


See also