Apple has partnered with The Jim Henson Company to reboot the classic children’s ‘muppet’ series Fraggle Rock as a global Apple Original series for Apple TV+.
Produced by The Jim Henson Company in association with New Regency, the series will reunite the original puppet (or rather, muppet) ‘stars’ – Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley and Uncle Travelling Matt – for “new songs and adventures, with the same spirit as the classic.”
The original show debuted in 1983 and told the stories of several interconnected muppet societies.
The new series comes following the positive reception of the Apple TV+ shorts Fraggle Rock: Rock On!, which recently debuted on the service. These mini-episodes saw the characters meet famous guest stars including musician Alanis Morissette and actor Neil Patrick Harris.
Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford will executive produce the new series for The Jim Henson Company. Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer of New Regency and long-time Henson collaborator John Tartaglia (Splash And Bubbles, Johnny And The Sprites) are also executive producing. Showrunners Matt Fusfeld and Alex Cuthbertson (New Girl, American Dad) are attached to executive produce and write. Rita Peruggi (The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance, Yo Gabba Gabba!) will produce. Dave Goelz (performing Boober and Uncle Travelling Matt) and Karen Prell (performing Red) are also attached to the project.
A statement from Apple said that: “The new Fraggle Rock series will join an award-winning lineup of today’s most trusted franchises in kids and family programming. “With families around the world staying at home, Apple is featuring curated collections of TV shows, movies, music, podcasts, books, apps and games for families and kids of all ages.
“These collections have been created to help parents inspire and entertain their kids and to assist teachers who are exploring creative ways to facilitate remote learning.”