Variety has learned that Disney Plus has ordered a new series based on the Muppets musical group The Electric Mayhem Band.
The series, titled “The Muppets Mayhem” will follow the the band as they try to record their first ever album. Lilly Singh will star as Nora, the human junior A&R executive tasked with managing The Electric Mayhem band. The band consists of 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 Goldbergs” creator Adam F. Goldberg developed the series along with Bill Barretta (“The Muppets,” “Muppets Haunted Mansion”) and Jim Henson characters are the inspiration for Jeff Yorkes. It is also co-executive produced by Yorkes alongside Goldberg and Barretta. Along with David Lightbody of The Muppets Studio and Leigh Slaughter, Michael Bostick serves as an executive producer. The Muppets Studio and ABC Signature will produce.
“The Muppets are renowned for quality, creativity and unrivaled, fun storytelling for the whole family,” said Ayo Davis, president of 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.”
Her YouTube channel, which has nearly 15 million subscribers, is where Singh first gained notoriety. For two seasons, she was the host of the NBC late-night talk show “A Little Late with Lilly Singh. “Dollface,” “The Simpsons,” “Medical Police,” and the HBO TV movie version of “Fahrenheit 451” are just a few of the shows she has appeared in as an actress. The actress has acted in films like “Bad Moms,” and she was the star and executive producer of the documentary “A Trip to Unicorn Island,” which followed her around the world for 27 cities.
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“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,” said Jonnie Davis, President of 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.”
This is the latest Disney Plus project featuring the Muppets. For the first time ever, “Muppets Haunted Mansion” and “Muppets Now” have been released by the same streamer at the same time. However, a new Muppet series based on the events of the film “The Muppets Take Manhattan” was scrapped before it had a chance to be ordered to series by Adam Horowtiz, Edward Kitsis and Josh Gad.
“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 Lightbody, executive producer and senior vice president of Disney Live Entertainment and The Muppets Studio.
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