Are puppets making a comeback? Netflix’s Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance‘s season one was a success and Disney+ has an upcoming series called Muppets Now, which will be a short form interview series that features some of over beloved Muppet characters, it’s safe to say we are seeing more puppets from Jim Henson Co. than we have seen in a while. With that said it looks like that we will see even more puppets thanks to a new partnership between Jim Henson Co. and Disney+.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, about a month after the development of a new Muppets series broke down due to creative differences, the two have come back together to bring us a very interesting puppet show. Disney+ has given a straight to series order to Earth to Ned. This is a comedic half-hour talk show in which the host of the show, a blue skinned alien named Ned and his lieutenant, interview celebrity guests which will stream on Disney+.
Here is the description from Disney+ and the Jim Henson Co. via THR:
The comedy 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 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.
Earth to Ned is being produced by the Jim Henson Co. and Marwar Junction Productions. The chairman of Jim Henson Co. Brian Henson, son of Jim Henson, as well as head of development and production Vince Raisa will serve as executive producer along with Marwar’s Joseph Freed and Allison Berkley. The characters of the series will be brought to life by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, which is the same team behind Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance.
“Disney has a long history of giving audiences a glimpse at faraway lands and bringing new talent into the spotlight. We believe Ned is next in line,” said Dan Silver, vp unscripted originals at Disney+. “We’re lucky to have the talents of the Jim Henson Co. and the folks at Marwar Junction Productions helping Ned, Cornelius, BETI and the Clods to execute and fully realize their vision. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank Ned for promising to entertain us, rather than destroy us all.”
As a sucker for Henson puppets, I am looking forward to checking this out when it’s released, hopefully it’s not too cheesy or just bland. Being that it will be on the Disney+ streaming service, it’s not going to cost me anymore to check it out. This is the latest in unscripted series that will be featured on their streaming service including the already mentioned Muppets Now, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, Encore and Marvel’s Hero Project.
Disney’s streaming service, Disney+ is ready to launch on November 12th, 2019.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter