The Jim Henson Company has a new project, and it’s out of this world.
Actually, its hosts are from out of this world. Earth to Ned is a new half hour show on the Disney+ streaming service. It stars a blue alien that vaguely resembles a salamander. That’s Ned. The smaller salamander-ish alien is his lieutentant Cornelius. They all came to Earth as the advance scouts for an alien invasion, but instead became obsessed with pop culture, and now all they want to do is talk to celebrities on their brand new talk show.
Joining Ned and Cornelius is their ship’s artificial intelligence BETI, along with a multitude of “Clods” (cloned living objects of destruction). Those are the little guys, all of which you can see in the image above.
As described by Disney+ and The Jim Henson Company: “The comedic half-hour series follows Ned, a blue-skinned alien and his lieutenant Cornelius, who were sent to scout Earth for an eventual invasion – but instead became obsessed with our popular culture. Now, they host a talk show, broadcast from the bridge of their spaceship hidden deep underground, where they interview our most precious commodity, celebrities, to talk about Ned’s current pop culture obsessions. Ned will be bringing real-life celebrity guests to his ship from across the known universe and interviewing them, late night talk show style, in hopes of producing the ultimate talk show – making Ned a celebrity and putting him further off mission. And the more Ned learns about our human culture, the more obsessed he becomes.”
Earth to Ned is produced by The Jim Henson Company and Marwar Junction Productions. It will be executive produced by Brian Henson and Vince Raisa from The Jim Henson Company, and Joseph Freed and Allison Berkley from Marwar Junction Productions. The creatures in the show are to be brought to life by the talented creators at the Jim Henson Company who brought forth The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
“Disney has a long history of giving audiences a glimpse at faraway lands and bringing new talent into the spotlight. We believe Ned is next in line,” said Dan Silver, vice president, Originals – Unscripted Content, Disney+. “We’re lucky to have the talents of The Jim Henson Company and the folks at Marwar Junction Productions helping Ned, Cornelius, BETI, and the Clods to execute and fully realize their vision. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank Ned for promising to entertain us, rather than destroy us all.”
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