Just a month after creative differences canceled the Muppets revival for Disney+, the streamer is now teaming up with the Jim Henson Company for a new puppet-hosted talk show.
Disney+ has ordered Earth to Ned a straight to series and is a half hour talk show comedy which an alien and his lieutenant interview celebrity guests.
Here is how Disney+ and the Jim Henson Co. describe the show:
The comedy follows Ned, a blue-skinned alien, and 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.
Vice President of unscripted originals at Disney+ Dan Silver released a statement regarding the show.
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. 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 set to be produced by the Jim Henson Co. and Marwar Junction Productions. Jim Henson Co. chairman and Jim’s son, Brian Henson and head of development and production Vince Raisa exec produce alongside Marwar’s Joseph Freed and Allison Berkley.
The characters of Ned, Cornelius, their artificial intelligence BETI and army of “Clods” (cloned living objects of destruction, all featured below) are brought to life by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, the same team behind Netflix’s Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter