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AppleTV + unveiled several shorts titled Fraggle Rock: Rock On in April before signing a deal with the Jim Henson Company for an official reboot of the children’s classic. The shorts featured the original characters including Gobo, Red, Boober, Wembley, and Uncle Traveling Matt. The initial six “mini-episodes” were five minutes long and featured special guests such as Alanis Morissette, Common, Jason Mraz and Neil Patrick Harris. The plots focused on social distance and friendship. According to Deadline.com, Fraggle Rock: Rock On! was shot on iPhones from the homes of the production crew. According to Variety, all six episodes were written by John Tartaglia, a puppeteer who works at the Jim Henson Company.
TheWrap reports that the new Calgary filming season will include full episodes. Matt Fusfeld and Alex Cuthbertson, who wrote for New Girl and American Dad !, will serve as showrunners. Lisa Henson, Jim’s daughter, will be among the executive producers, and Fraggle Rock’s original puppeteers Dave Goelz and Karen Prell have also signed up for the series.
The original show was created by Jim Henson, who died in 1990, and ran for five seasons from 1983. It spawned a number of spinoffs, including a Saturday morning cartoon that aired in 1987. In 2014, Hulu broadcast computer animation. spin-off called The Doozers.
The original series won an Emmy in 1983.