ABC orders comedies ‘Dr. Ken,’ ‘Real O’Neals,’ ‘Muppets’ reboot

Ken Jeong (in white coat) stars in ABC’s new comedy “Dr. Ken.”

The cast of “Dr. Ken,” from left, Dave Foley, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Jonathan Slavin, Ken Jeong, Suzy Nakamura, Albert Tsai, Krista Marie Yu.

(Michael Desmond / ABC)

ABC will add just three new comedies next season - and one of them has a familiar frog and pig.

The network late Thursday officially ordered “Dr. Ken,” a family sitcom with Ken Jeong as a brilliant physician with a less-than-stellar bedside manner.

Martha Plimpton is among the stars of “The Real O’Neals,” about a Catholic family forced to recognize uncomfortable truths after a surprising truth emerges about the clan.

ABC is also attempting a reboot of “The Muppets,” the Jim Henson characters made famous through a 1970s variety show and later movies and ads. This time the network promises a “documentary” that will explore the personal lives of Kermit, Miss Piggy and others for a show that will be “more adult.”


Three new comedies is a fairly small number for a broadcast network. But with “Modern Family,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Black-ish” and other returning shows, ABC executives may have figured they had little room for more.

ABC will officially announce the fall schedule next week in New York.

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