First Look at The Muppets Mayhem Coming to Disney+. A new Muppets television series all about Dr. Teeth and Electric Mayhem. 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
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 tells 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.
“It was unbelievable,” he says. “It was … one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had with the Muppets. There was something like 30,000 people that came to the park. I thought, ‘Well, there’s something there.’ What if this band went on the road? What if the band went on tour? And so, I started developing an idea for a show about the band because we don’t know that much about them.”
First Look at The Muppets Mayhem Coming to Disney+
At the same time, Goldberg and Yorkes had been pondering a show about the band for the last eight years. “Jeff conceived the whole thing,” Goldberg says. “He’s an editor, so he cut a whole sizzle reel to convince me to get on board. And then that was the sizzle we used to actually sell this thing.”
For both of them, it was about going deep on familiar, but largely unknown characters instead of using the panoply of the Muppets world to tell a story. “This is just about the band specifically,” Goldberg says. “We don’t have that deep bench of characters like when you do The Wizard of Oz or Treasure Island or A Christmas Carol. You could tell this giant story with the hundreds of characters that they have. We’re telling a very small story about this band and where they’ve been and where they’re going. It is about the band and not the tone of a variety show.”
Adds Yorkes: “We have the freedom to go anywhere with these characters — they’re not as well known as the core characters. People recognize them, but we have the freedom to fill out their backstory and do whatever we want.”
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