The return of The Muppets to the big screen in 2011 was a massive success, but the sequel dropped the ball, and there’s since been no word about a possible third instalment. Well, it now sounds as if Kermit and the rest of the beloved characters will return to the small screen from The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady.

He’s co-writing the script of what is expected to be a straight to series variety show on ABC. A pilot episode will be shot soon, and Bob Kushell (3rd Rock From the Sun) will also co-write and serve as showrunner. Wilfred’s Randall Einhorn meanwhile is currently attached to executive produce and direct.

ABC Studios and The Muppet Studios (both of which are owned by Disney) are producing the series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter’s inside sources, the The Muppets pilot “includes the regular cast of characters created by Jim Henson — Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and Animal, among others — gathering at ABC Studios for a meeting about the new Muppet Show. However, the show won’t move forward unless Miss Piggy signs on, and her current relationship with frequent love Kermit is on the rocks, preventing the show from getting off the ground. Early plans call for two celebrity cameos — including Miss Piggy’s current co-star — as well as new roles including Fozzie’s girlfriend and her parents.”

Prady is no stranger to The Muppets franchise. He’s tried to bring the characters back to the small screen on a number of occasions and actually started his career working for Henson. Netflix were also interested in picking up the series, but it’s now definitely heading to ABC. There’s no word on a UK broadcaster yet.