Earth to Ned: Jim Henson Co.’s new puppet talk show for Disney+
Following the cancellation of the Muppets Live Another Day series in September, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Disney+ will again be partnering with Jim Henson Co. to produce a new puppet show titled Earth to Ned. The upcoming streaming service has given the half-hour comedic talk show a straight-to-series order.
“Disney has a long history of giving audiences a glimpse at faraway lands and bringing new talent into the spotlight. We believe Ned is next in line,” Disney+’s VP of unscripted originals said in a statement. “We’re lucky to have the talents of the Jim Henson Co. and the folks at Marwar Junction Productions helping Ned, Cornelius, BETI and the Clods to execute and fully realize their vision. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank Ned for promising to entertain us, rather than destroy us all.”
Earth to Ned is brought to life by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, who has recently worked on the characters of Netflix’s Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance. It is executive produced by Jim Henson Co. chairman Brian Henson and Vince Raisa, who is the head of development and production of Jim Henson Co. The series will also be produced by Marwar Junction Productions with Joseph Freed and Allison Berkley serving as executive producers.
The unscripted series’ official synopsis reads: “The comedy follows a blue-skinned alien named Ned along with his lieutenant Cornelius, who were sent to scout Earth for an eventual invasion — but instead became obsessed with popular culture. Now they host a talk show, broadcast from the bridge of their spaceship hidden deep underground, where they interview our most precious commodity — celebrities — to talk about Ned’s current pop culture obsessions.
Ned will be bringing real-life celebrity guests to his ship from across the known universe and interviewing them, late-night talk show style, in hopes of producing the ultimate talk show — making Ned a celebrity and putting him further off-mission. And the more Ned learns about our human culture, the more obsessed he becomes.”
Disney‘s upcoming streaming service will become the exclusive home in the U.S. for subscription-video-on-demand viewing of the newest live-action and animated series and movies from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel and Fox. Set to launch on November 12, the service will be ad-free, supported solely by subscription fees, and will be available on gaming consoles, smart TVs, and connected streaming devices.