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Today marks the long-awaited release of 'The Muppets,' and apparently the fervor of renewed interest leading up to this day was not lost on NBC. The network has currently working on a comedy series featuring a Palm Springs family dealing with the fact that their new neighbors are puppets! 'The New Nabors,' as it is called, is the brain child of Jim Henson Studios in association with Universal Television. The single-camera comedy will be written by '30 Rock' executive producer John Riggi as well as John Hoffman, the latter will also produce 'The New Nabors' alongside Henson Company CEO, and Jim Henson's daughter, Lisa Henson.
While undoubtedly 'The Muppets' marketing machine that flooded several mediums, not the least of which being the internet, will probably have a contingent of people sick of all things Muppet, I am intrigued by this project. Granted, it does not appear that this series will feature the classic cast of characters, and that is a bit troubling. But I'm fascinated by the idea of clashing the human world and the puppet world as so many Muppet properties seem to incorporate them without the human characters so much as batting an eye at the puppet presence. It always seems to be taken as a given that humans share space with short, felt beings. I'm also curious about the 'single-camera' approach and what sort of visual aesthetic that will create. It will be interesting to see how this concept changes and evolves as the box office numbers from 'The Muppets' come in. No word yet on when 'The New Nabors' will hit the airwaves.