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Sky snags new Muppets show

The-MuppetsUK network Sky has picked up The Muppets, the new ob-doc style show featuring the classic puppet characters.

The series will go out on broadcast net ABC in the US and was launched internationally at the LA Screenings in May where it created a buzz among buyers.

Sky has won the UK rights to the series and will put it out on its flagship Sky 1 channel. It did the deal with Disney Media Distribution, which sells the show globally.

TBI understands various British broadcasters have expressed interest in acquiring the series in recent months.

The new series is an Office-style comedy ob-doc, going behind the scenes as the Muppets pull together for a new run of their variety show.

It will follow the Muppets day-to-day lives with perennial favourites Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and Gonzo all featuring. The Muppets is produced by ABC Studios and The Muppets Studio.

Adam MacDonald 1The Muppets was acquired for Sky by senior acquisitions manager Lucy Criddle.

Adam MacDonald (right), director of Sky 1, said: “Get ready to see the Muppets like you’ve never seen them before – with no-holds-barred access as they prepare for their big reunion, The Muppets promises a candid look at what goes on before and after they start the music and light the lights.”

Dayna Donaldson, general manager, media distribution, Disney UK and Ireland added: “The addition of The Muppets to Sky’s schedule builds on our long, successful relationship with the UK broadcaster.

“We are delighted to bring the much-loved characters and universally cheeky storylines to Sky’s already powerful slate of Disney content across the Sky portfolio, including Sky Movies Disney and ABC Studios’ Scandal and Criminal Minds.”