Apple reboots Fraggle Rock for new series
Staff Reporter | On 30, May 2020
Apple TV+ is rebooting Fraggle Rock for a full series.
Last month, the fledgling streaming platform revived the classic 80s shows for new shorts filmed on iPhones in the homes of the cast and crew across the US. The mini-episodes, released weekly on Tuesdays, featured special guests including Alanis Morissette, Common, Jason Mraz, Neil Patrick Harris, Tiffany Haddish and Ziggy Marley.
Following the overwhelming global fandom around the recent debut of the shorts, Apple has now confirmed that it will partner the Jim Henson Company to reboot the beloved classic series for a full run.
The new Fraggle Rock series will be reimagined as a global Apple Original series for new generations of fans to enjoy together+. Produced by The Jim Henson Company in association with New Regency, the series will reunite the original stars – Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley and Uncle Travelling Matt – for new songs and adventures, with the same spirit as the classic.
Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford will executive produce for the Jim Henson Company. Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer of New Regency and long-time Henson collaborator John Tartaglia (Splash and Bubbles, Johnny and the Sprites) are also executive producing. Showrunners Matt Fusfeld and Alex Cuthbertson (New Girl) are attached to executive produce and write. Rita Peruggi (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance) will produce. Dave Goelz (performing Boober and Uncle Travelling Matt) and Karen Prell (performing Red) are also attached to the project. Harvey Mason Jr. is the executive music producer for the series.
It joins a growing line-up of family programmes, including Helpsters, Ghostwriter and Snoopy in Space. A subscription to Apple TV+ costs £4.99 a month and is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com.
Apple TV+ brings back Fraggle Rock mid-lockdown
21st April 2020
Never let a lockdown come between you and your favourite childhood TV show. That just might be the motto at tech giant Apple, which is bringing back Fraggle Rock for a brand new series.
Fraggle Rock: Rock On! revives the classic 80s show, with its familiar stars — Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley and Uncle Traveling Matt — joining together again for new stories and classic Fraggle songs that show everyone how we are all connected through friendship.
In accordance with social distancing guidelines, the whole thing is shot on iPhone 11 phones from the homes of the production team and individual artists from all over the US. Likewise, while the Fraggles might be in different parts of the Fraggle Rock caves, they can still find ways to have fun together, with music, silliness, special guests, and of course the help of devices created by the industrious Doozers — lovingly called the Doozertubes.
Episode 1, Shine On, sees new Doozertubes delivered to the Fraggles’ caves, allowing them to come together for the song Shine On, Shine On Me. It’s available now to stream for free worldwide on Apple TV+. New episodes will premiere every Tuesday on the streaming service, all of them available to watch at no cost.
It joins a host of other Apple TV+ originals that have been made available for free to everyone, including Little America, Servant, For All Mankind, Dickinson and – for kids – Helpsters, Ghostwriter and Snoopy in Space.