The classic children’s show Fraggle Rock has found a new home on Apple TV, and the tech giant has bought streaming rights for all classic episodes and booked a full-length reboot, according tomedia outlet Apple Insider.
According to Vulture, Apple has reached an agreement with Jim Hansen to produce new children’s episodes that will be broadcast on Apple TV Plus. Original puppet characters Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley, Wembley and Uncle Travelling Will matt will continue to appear in the series.
As part of the deal, Apple bought exclusive streaming rights to 96 episodes of the original episode, which aired between 1983 and 1987. According to people familiar with the matter, the company’s idea for the deal is that it is buying for content previously filmed and aired so that viewers will be able to watch all the live-action “Fraggle” episodes in one place, rather than through hbo, the former owner.
Although initially unconvinced by the sales pitches of Henson executives, Apple ultimately decided to consolidate the show’s assets under a single umbrella and into meaningful assets, the sources said. The move makes Apple TV Plus the de facto home of Fraggle. Apple’s “Fraggle” shows will be streamed on Apple TV Plus in 100 countries on Wednesday, May 27.
A vulture source said Apple had no plans to enter the database screening process, a strategy that Netflix and other companies have used to kick off a “revolution” in streaming. The report said original productions would continue to be the focus of Apple TV, although the company was open to buying library dramas and would buy library plays if it planned to develop new works related to existing content. Last week it was reported that Apple was in talks with studios to fill the Apple TV plus catalog with a library of old movies and series.
The previous miniseries series “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!,” previously shot on the iPhone, has been aired on Apple TV, with special guests including Alanis Morissette, Common, Tiffany Haddish, Neil Patrick Harris, Ziggy Marley and Jason Mraz.