While the previously announced Muppets project has been scrapped, Disney+ is teaming up with The Jim Henson Company for a new, out-of-this-world concept. Earth to Ned, a comedic celebrity chat show hosted by an affable alien puppet and his ET lieutenant, has received a straight-to-series order for the streamer, which launches Nov. 12.
Synopsis: Ned, a blue-skinned alien, and his lieutenant Cornelius 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.
The series is produced by The Jim Henson Co. and Marwar Junction Productions; JHC Chairman Brian Henson (son of the late Jim Henson) and Head of Development & Production Vince Raisa are executive producers alongside Marwar’s Joseph Freed and Allison Berkley. Ned, Cornelius, their artificial intelligence BETI and their army of furry little CLODs (Cloned Living Objects of Destruction) are created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop (Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance).
[Source: Hollywood Reporter]