The Jim Henson Company Is Making a New Puppet Talk Show for Disney+
Just fix the Muppets, already
Published Oct 25, 2019Disney apparently doesn't know what the hell to do with the Muppets. So following the rough ABC sitcom, the mega corporation has fortunately taken a break from meddling with Kermit and co. to focus on other Jim Henson properties. Up next, Disney is launching a new puppet theme show set to premiere exclusively on its upcoming Disney+ streaming service.
No, the Jim Henson Company/Disney production won't be a new iteration of the underrated Muppets Tonight but instead a chat show surrounding some new characters. The show is called Earth to Ned, and it stars a blue-skinned alien named Ned alongside his lieutenant Cornelius.
The show will launch on the Disney+ streaming service in 2020.
Here's an official description of the show from Disney+:
The comedic half-hour series follows Ned, a blue-skinned alien and his lieutenant Cornelius, who were sent to scout Earth for an eventual invasion — but instead became obsessed with our popular culture. Now, they host a talk show, broadcast from the bridge of their spaceship hidden deep underground, where they interview our most precious commodity, celebrities, to talk about Ned's current pop culture obsessions. Ned will be bringing real-life celebrity guests to his ship from across the known universe and interviewing them, late night talk show style, in hopes of producing the ultimate talk show — making Ned a celebrity and putting him further off mission. And the more Ned learns about our human culture, the more obsessed he becomes.
In a statement, Brian Henson added the following:
Earth to Ned is what happens when a very traditional television format gets completely turned on its head, resulting in a wholly original talk show starring some of the most complex puppets we have ever created. Our alien host Ned adores and embraces everything about Earthlings — including our quirks, and even our flaws. I think adults will especially appreciate his positive view of our world, which makes our show stand out in today's often cynical TV landscape.