BBC One is getting into the Muppet(ish) business.
The U.K. network announced it has greenlit a pilot for “No Strings Attached” (working title), a co-production with The Jim Henson Company that will not be about a friends-with-benefits situation that unexpectedly leads to love but instead will, “The Muppet Show”-style, combine celebrity guests with a new cast of puppet characters. According to the BBC, “the guests will go head to head in a series of unique games run by the cast of characters and take part in a variety of sketches, in what will be a warm, cheeky, family affair fuelled by a healthy dose of off-the-wall, madcap fun.”
Danny Baker will be the lead writer, while Brian Henson will be the lead puppeteer — the puppets are being made by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in L.A. According to BBC’s Creative Director Derek McLean, “We are delighted and honoured to be providing both desk-space and an original idea to such a powerful array of showbiz talent, in what promises to be the longest credit roller in history.”
The Jim Henson Company announced earlier this month that they’d acquired the rights to Arnold Lobel’s illustrated children’s book series “Frog and Toad” for a film adaptation to be directed by Cory Edwards.