ABC’s freshman comedy series “The Muppets” has undergone a major shake-up as co-creator, executive producer and showrunner Bob Kushell has left the project with Kristin Newman (“Galavant”) in negotiations to succeed him as new showrunner.
The show is undergoing a creative overhaul which will be seen on screens after the series takes a hiatus following its tenth episode. The remaining six episodes will air in the Spring and are said to be treated as a relaunch.
Kushell co-wrote the original Muppets presentation with “The Big Bang Theory” co-creator/executive producer Bill Prady. The show was rushed to air before its concept and tone had been formed – resulting in reviews expressing great concern over its creative direction. Ratings for the show started strong but have since plunged even as it remains Tuesday’s highest-rated new TV show among Adults 18-49 (2.6).