If this doesn't pull NBC out of 4th place, nothing will.

The ailing network has given the green light to The New Nabors, “a comedy about a human family and the repercussions they encounter living next door to a family of puppets.” Yeah, that's right, it's a puppet show. Say what you will, but unlike The Munsters, at least it's an original idea.

The good news is that The Jim Henson Company is involved, which gives the puppets some instant street cred. The bad news is it's on NBC, so even if it's hilarious, no one is going to watch and it will be lucky to squeeze out two full seasons.