By The D23 Team
To paraphrase a certain gold-toothed keyboardist, this is some news of very heavy-duty proportions…
Today, Disney+ announced The Muppets Mayhem—a brand-new comedy series starring the world-famous Muppets—has been greenlit. The series will take audiences on a music-filled journey as, at long last, The Electric Mayhem Band records its first-ever album! Lilly Singh (A Little Late with Lilly Singh, Dollface) will play the (human) lead role of Nora, the junior A&R executive tasked with managing and wrangling the utter mayhem that is The Electric Mayhem Band.
After 45 years of rockin’ out, The Electric Mayhem goes on an epic musical journey to finally record their first studio album. With the help of driven young music exec Nora, the old-school Muppet band comes face to face with the current-day music scene as they try to finally go platinum.
The Muppets Mayhem includes Dr. Teeth on vocals and keyboards, Animal on drums, Floyd Pepper on vocals and bass, Janice on vocals and lead guitar, Zoot on saxophone, and Lips on trumpet.
The series was developed by Adam F. Goldberg, Bill Barretta, and Jeff Yorkes based on characters created by Jim Henson. It is written by Goldberg, Barretta, and Yorkes, and executive produced by Goldberg, Barretta, Michael Bostick, and Kris Eber. Yorkes is a co-executive producer. The Muppets Studio’s David Lightbody and Leigh Slaughter are also executive producers.
“The Muppets are renowned for quality, creativity, and unrivaled, fun storytelling for the whole family,” said Ayo Davis, president, Disney Branded Television. “We are thrilled to have Adam, Bill, and Jeff at the helm to bring all of these iconic and great new characters to life in fresh and dynamic ways.”
Commented Jonnie Davis, President, ABC Signature, “Adam F. Goldberg is our resident Muppet enthusiast at Signature and getting to play in the sandbox with Bill, a longtime Muppet performer, as well as these beloved characters was a dream come true for him, Bill, and Jeff. Their take is fresh, fun, musical, and of course, hilarious. We couldn’t be happier to be the studio that is helping them get the band back together.”
“We are so excited to bring the story of The Electric Mayhem Band to the front and center of this new series,” added David Lightbody, executive producer and senior vice president of Disney Live Entertainment and The Muppets Studio. “They’ve been entertaining audiences since The Muppet Show, which debuted 45 years ago, so it’s wonderful that these characters are finally getting to play lead rather than supporting roles.”
The Muppets are hot off the critically acclaimed Muppets Haunted Mansion, the first-ever Muppets Halloween special and the first special from The Muppets Studio for Disney+. They also star in an original short-form series Muppets Now, available on the streaming service.
The Muppets Mayhem is a Disney Branded Television series produced by ABC Signature and The Muppets Studio.