More trouble for The Muppets. Showrunner Bob Kushell is exiting the ABC revival after failing to see eye-to-eye with EP Bill Prady on the creative direction of the show, per THR.
Galavant‘s Kristin Newman is rumored to be in discussion to take over the reigns, but the deal has not yet been finalized.
Deadline has more on the shake-up:
The Muppets was rushed to air by broadcast TV standards, filming a last-minute presentation in April and getting a slot on the fall schedule just a couple of weeks later — before its concept, style and tone had been fully formed. That added tension to the already stressed environment on the show, which faced a tight production schedule and a complicated shoot because of the seamless mix of real actors and puppets.
Should The Muppets run out of string, ABC will point to the notion that it was always intended to be a one-and-done limited-run series.
However, there’s little doubt the network would renew the series if the ratings were high enough. So far, the numbers haven’t lived up to expectations.