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'Big Bang Theory' co-creator penning pilot for 'Muppets' TV series

The "Muppets" could come back to network TV with "Big Bang Theory'" co-creator Bill Prady and Bob Kushell of "Anger Management" running the show.

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We can't wait to see new backstage hijinks on the new "Muppets" show. Disney

"It's time to play the music; it's time to light the lights; it's time to meet the Muppets" once again on TV.

A new "Muppets" TV show is in the works from Disney's Muppets Studios and ABC, reports say. "Big Bang Theory'" co-creator Bill Prady is writing the proof-of-concept,, and plans to run the show with TV writer and producer Bob Kushell, who is best known for his work on "The Simpsons," "American Dad," "Suburgatory" and "Anger Management."

Randall Einhorn ("Wilfred") is slated to executive-produce as well as direct the pilot presentation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

This isn't the first time Prady has worked with short co-stars made of fabric and felt. He wrote for "The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson" (1990) as well as "Muppet Classic Theater" (1994) and "Muppet*vision 3-D" (1991) for Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. He was also a series writer on both "The Jim Henson Hour" (1989) and "Fraggle Rock (1987).

Before his hit TV show "The Big Bang Theory," Prady also shot a "Muppets" presentation pilot in 2007 that Disney passed on.

Prady didn't reveal any details on social media, except for letting fans know that Matt Brooks, a veteran puppeteer for the Henson Company has, along with his wife Nora, a donation page on GoFundMe to raise money after a devastating gas explosion leveled their Manhattan home.

Prady tweeted, "Hearing from a lot of Muppet fans this morning. Here's your chance to help a member of the Muppet family in need."

Prady and Kushell's new "Muppets" TV show is described as a "behind-the-scenes comedy involving classic 'Muppets' characters like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and others, with proof-of-concept presentation set to film next week," according to The Wrap.

This is great news for those of us who remember watching the original TV program "The Muppet Show" that aired from 1976 to 1981. The show was portrayed as a music variety comedy series both onstage and backstage, with celebrity guest stars ranging from Mark Hamill of "Star Wars" to John Cleese of "Monty Python".

Here's hoping the new series has other special guests, especially actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Zachary Levi, who have already hung out with Muppets on Sesame Street. Hint, hint.