Warning! The New 'Muppets' is Not Family-Friendly
UPDATE! In case you haven't heard, ABC is making some major changes to the new "Muppets" program. Season 2 will have a complete overhaul since the first attempt with an adult-themed "Muppets" did not receive the ratings hoped. ABC has replaced executive producer Bob Kushell, the man who was behind the idea of taking "The Muppets" in a more adult direction. The new executive producer is Kristen Stewart. The change indicates it will reduce blatant adult references. It is too soon to say if it will be completely family-friendly though. It is also difficult to know for sure what's behind the network's decision, although 1MM did warn parents, had the media writing about it, and had parents questioning the network.
ABC's New Adaptation of "The Muppets" is for Adults Only!
1MM suspects there are going to be a lot of shocked moms and dads when they discover that the family-friendly Muppets of the 1970s are no more. It appears that no subject is off limits. ABC's new Muppet Show, airing on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT, is not what Jim Henson imagined and created. The new show is aimed at a mature, modern audience and addresses subjects not suitable for family viewing.
"It's sort of an adult Muppet show," Kermit the Frog said during a promotional video for the show. One ad read, "Finally, a network TV show with full frontal nudity."
The mature version of "The Muppets" will cover a range of topics from sex to drugs. Miss Piggy came out as a pro-choice feminist during an MSNBC interview. The puppet characters loved by kids in the 1970s and 1980s and beyond are now weighing in on interspecies relationships and promiscuity.
ABC hopes children watch the show and predict they would enjoy some of the humor, but 1MM would disagree. It is not the show it once was. ABC has ruined "The Muppets." How many parents want to explain the punchline of sexually charged jokes to young children?
Many parents unknowingly will let their children watch an episode only to find out its perverted nature too late, unless they are alerted ahead of time. 1MM and others need to get the word out to families to avoid this program at all costs. Please forward this to everyone you know!
Meanwhile, parents will have to explain to confused children that the program they once were allowed to watch is no longer a nice show. This would have been completely unnecessary if ABC had made the program follow its original family-friendly design.
Please use the information we have provided to contact ABC (owned by Disney) and strongly encourage the network to drop all plans to air the program.