A new Muppets television series all about Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. Can you picture that?
Entertainment Weekly can — with their first look at The Muppets Mayhem, a new series heading to Disney+ this year. It marks the first time the Muppets have embarked on a new television series since 2015’s The Muppets, the short-lived mockumentary style series about running a late night show with Miss Piggy as host (though in the meanwhile, they’d debuted Halloween special The Muppets Haunted Mansion and short-form sketch show, Muppets Now).
The Muppets Mayhem veers into new territory for the characters, pivoting its focus from the core characters of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and their ilk to focus on the story of the beloved side characters of the Muppets house band.
Co-created by Muppets veteran Bill Barretta and college friends Jeff Yorkes and Adam F. Goldberg, who also wrote the screenplay for The Muppets Wizard of Oz, the series seeks to open a new avenue for a relationship between Disney+ and the Muppets. “To us, this is an IP that’s as big as Star Wars or Marvel,” Goldberg told EW. “I mean, they have Kermit.”
The Muppets Mayhem centers on Nora (Lilly Singh), an aspiring record producer, who with the help of her social media influencer sister, Hannah (Saara Chaudry), and Electric Mayhem super-fan, Gary “Moog” Moogowski (Tahj Mowry), embark on helping the band record their first-ever album.
The idea for a series centered on the band began in perhaps an unexpected place when it comes to the Muppets — the Outside Lands music festival. In 2016, The Electric Mayhem played a set there, sparking Bill Barretta to wonder what possibilities the characters might have for further storytelling.
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