The Muppets on ABC
ABC’s pilot presentation—which the network is considering for a straight-to-series order—follows Jim Henson’s iconic characters behind the scenes as they launch a new TV show. The presentation from Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and Anger Management writer-producer Bob Kushell is described as having a 30 Rock feel. The series will be shot mock-documentary style, like Arrested Development and The Office.
Even more interesting: In what’s being billed as a first for The Muppets, the personal lives of the characters will be explored. ABC’s official new logline reads: “The Muppets return to prime time with a contemporary, documentary-style show that—for the first time ever—will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires; a more adult Muppet show, for kids of all ages.”
John Stamos, who played Uncle Jesse on the popular family sitcom, broke the news Monday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Called “Fuller House,” the revival series will focus on Candace Cameron Bure’s character, D.J. Tanner, who is a recently widowed and pregnant veterinarian. Her younger sister and aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and her childhood best friend, Kimmy Gibbler, (Andrea Barber), along with Gibbler’s feisty teenage daughter Ramona, move in to help D.J. raise her two sons — rebellious 12-year-old J.D. and neurotic 7-year-old Max — and soon-to-arrive baby.
Galaxy Quest TV Show
“Galaxy Quest,” the 1999 sci-fi comedy that parodied “Star Trek” and other classic TV shows, is itself heading to television.
Deadline reports Paramount Television has begun work on the project, with Robert Gordon expected to return to write as well as executive produce with the film’s director Dean Parisot and producer Mark Johnson.
The film starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell and Daryl Mitchell as the cast of the long-canceled “Galaxy Quest,” who become reluctant heroes when an alien race in need mistakes the sci-fi series for a historical documentary.
Financially successful and critically acclaimed at the time of its release (it even won a Hugo Award), “Galaxy Quest” has developed a cult following over the past 16 years, particularly among “Star Trek” fans.
The Little Prince
Remember The Little Prince, that classic children’s novel about a star-voyaging royal who meets a crashed pilot that taught generations of young Americans how to read French? Well, it’s a got a modern retelling in a new animated film starring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del Toro, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Paul Giamatti, Albert Brooks and Mackenzie Foy. Directed by Kung Fu Panda‘s Mark Osborne, the movie will hit France on July 29th, with U.S. engagements to follow. Here’s the latest international trailer.