The Muppets all working together against a common threat is more along the lines of what we’ve seen in the past form this franchise. Will there be less of the infighting and negativity from the first half? Is that one of the things you said was broken when you came in?
This show I don’t feel was broken. It’s a hard thing. As a writers’ room, you need an antagonist and a story needs to have conflict. Your options are either the Muppets upset each other and create the conflict or, what they were doing a lot, was having the celebrity guest of the week create the conflict. What that was doing was creating A stories among celebrity guests that took so much screen time away from the Muppets, who everybody tuned in to see. I’m using guest cast a lot more as cameos and trying to up the amount of musical guests we get so that if somebody comes on who can sing an incredible piece of music, we can use that to emotionally help a story finish — which has always been effective for The Muppets. It’s a problem to solve when you have Muppets that everyone wants to be delightful all the time but need to tell a three-act narrative story and need conflict and a bad guy all the time. It’s a struggle in the writers’ room.
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