In 2005, ABC ordered one full script and five episode outlines for review of a show called America's Next Muppet. If picked-up, the TV series would be produced by The Jim Henson Company for Disney, and was titled as a parody of reality show America's Next Top Model. The show was planned to feature the famous Muppet Show family characters holding a fictional talent contest to find the next Muppet to add to their famous group. The show was announced and tentatively scheduled to air in spring or summer of 2006.
A test pilot, directed by Bill Barretta, was filmed in the summer of 2004. The show was not picked up.