Disney+'s new Muppets show will arrive on July 31

Joe Anderton
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From Digital Spy

The Muppets are getting a brand new series on Disney+, and it's arriving sooner than you might think.

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, The Great Gonzo, Beaker and the rest of the gang will be starring in a new six-part 'unscripted' show, centring on the felt favourites taking on the world of streaming.

The House of Mouse has revealed that the series, titled Muppets Now, will be on the service from July 31.

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Related: The surprisingly turbulent history of the Muppets

The Muppets previously had a TV show on ABC and Sky that debuted in 2015, but critics and fans didn't react warmly to the adult 30 Rock-style comedy and it was dropped by the network pretty quickly.

Former Muppet performer Frank Oz famously said: "As much as Disney loves the Muppets and wants the best for the Muppets – and they truly believe they can do it – they don't get it.

"They don't get the true rebellion and true affection underneath those characters.

"By the way, I don't mean to knock Disney, they really want to do a good job. They've never asked me, and they have not asked the performers how to do it.

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"If they just did that – the performers are so brilliant – instead of an outside person, let the performers lead. Then it would be a whole different deal. The audience would appreciate the purity of that."

Let's hope the new series manages to capture some of that rebellious attitude without putting people off, but even if it doesn't, at least we'll always have The Muppet Christmas Carol.

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