Disney+ Scraps ‘Muppets’ Scripted Comedy Series From Josh Gad

Show was a separate project from recently announced short-form series

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Disney will not move forward on “Muppets Live Another Day,” a scripted comedy series that would have run on Disney+.

Co-written by Josh Gad and “Once Upon a Time” duo Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, “Muppets Live Another Day” would have been set in 1984 — the period following the events of that year’s “Muppets Take Manhattan” — and seen Kermit reuniting the Muppets to look for a missing member of the troupe.

An individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap that the decision not to go forward was amicable for everyone involved, and was primarily due to a change in creative direction at Muppet Studios that contrasted with the vision the writers had for the show.

“Muppets Live Another Day,” which had a pilot commitment, was not related to “Muppets Now,” the upcoming short form series announced last month at D23 Expo. While most details about “Muppets Now” are under wraps, it’s described as an “unscripted” series that will feature celebrity guests. It is set to premiere on Disney+ in 2020.

That pitch bears some resemblance to ABC’s “The Muppets,” a mockumentary-style series with a more adult-oriented slant in which Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy had split up, but were forced to continue to work together on the fictional late-night talk show “Up Late With Miss Piggy.”

THR first reported the news.