The past 24 hours have been all sorts of insane for ABC, at least when it comes to all of the different shows that were ordered, and then those that were renewed or canceled. We are still riding high on the “Galavant” renewal, just in case anyone was wondering.
Probably the new shows that we are the most excited about are the revival of the “Muppets” and also “Dr. Ken,” the comedy featuring Ken Jeong of “Community” fame. Both were picked up by ABC for at least 13 episodes this week, and that is a good sign (provided of course that you like to laugh). We’re excited about these for different reasons. With “The Muppets,” you have a comedy that is geared to be a more adult version of the story that has been known for generations, and you are going to see more of the characters’ personal lives than you have before. “30 Rock” has been a comparison that has been thrown out there.
Also, we have more faith in the show thanks to the involvement of Bill Prady. The co-creator of “The Big Bang Theory” worked within the world of these Jim Henson characters for years, and has a deep affection for them because of it. This isn’t some cheap money grab.
As for “Dr. Ken,” it is a chance for Jeong to finally have some of the spotlight after playing supporting roles in a variety of movies and shows, now just “Community” where we love him as Chang.
The surprise of the week is that the Chevy Chase (who was on “Community” for years) comedy alongside Beverly D’Angelo is not being picked up to series, even in spite of the publicity caused by this summer’s revival of “Vacation.”