Disney+ announced today that a new Muppets comedy series has been greenlit for the streaming service. The series, entitled The Muppets Mayhem, will follow The Electric Mayhem Band as they create their first album. Lily Singh has been cast in the lead human role of Nora, a junior A&R executive charged with managing the band that has been rockin’ out for 45 years.
“We are so excited to bring the story of The Electric Mayhem Band to the front and center of this new series. 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,” said David Lightbody, executive producer and senior vice president of Disney Live Entertainment and The Muppets Studio.
The series was developed and written by Adam F. Goldberg, Bill Barretta and Jeff Yorkes based on characters created by Jim Henson. Goldberg and Barretta also serve as executive producers alongside Michael Bostick and Kris Eber and The Muppets Studio’s Lightbody and Leigh Slaughter. Yorkes serves as a co-executive producer.
“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.”
“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,” commented Jonnie Davis, President, ABC Signature. “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.”