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'The Muppets' showrunner stepping down

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The Muppets showrunner is getting off the stage. 

Executive producer Bob Kushnell is exiting the comedy only a month into its debut fall run.  

The Anger Management veteran co-created the new, grown-up iteration of the classic comedy brand along with The Big Bang Theory‘s Bill Prady. 

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Writer Kristin Newman (The Neighbors, How I Met Your Mother) is in talks with ABC to take over his post.

The Muppets airs Tuesday nights and premiered as one of fall’s top new shows, but like many this season has fallen a notable amount since then (the show is averaging about 7.6 million viewers and a 2.6 rating among adults 18–49 with DVR). ABC picked up the comedy for a “full season,” but the network defining is a full season in this case as 16 episodes, lower than the usual 22. 

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