Former ‘Daily Show’ Writer Has Muppets Project in the Works, Aimed at Grown-Ups, to Retell Historical and Pop Culture Events (Picture Puppet Version of Michael Jackson Dangling a Baby From Balcony)

Aug 16, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Former "Daily Show with Jon Stewart" writer Chris Regan has signed on as executive producer and head writer for a project featuring the Muppets, which is aimed at adults and gives a satirical take on history and pop culture, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The pilot, from Bunim/Murray Productions and Henson Alternative, will aim for a subversive tone similar to the animated prime-time shows on Fox, the story notes.

“By using puppets we can have some fun with history,” said Bunim/Murray Chairman Jonathan Murray. “That’s the great thing about it. On ‘South Park’ and ‘The Simpsons,’ they can get away with things that you wouldn’t be able to get away with in a live-action show.”

The show will re-enact pop culture moments such as Michael Jackson dangling his child from a hotel balcony in 2002, the story notes. Once a pilot is produced, the companies will pitch it to networks including VH1 and History.

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