The Muppets’ corporate ownership by Disney has been hit or miss. There are countless movies and shows that don’t make the best use of Jim Henson’s creations for everyone that gets the correct groove (The Muppets in theaters, the more recent Muppets Haunted Mansion Halloween special on Disney+) (The Muppets TV series for one). Disney+ is trying again, this time focused on The Electric Mayhem Band, the Muppet Show‘s house band.
The Muppets Mayhem, a new program, with a plot that involves, quote, “The Electric Mayhem on an epic musical journey to finally record their first studio album. With the help of a driven young music executive, the old-school Muppet band comes face to face with the current day music scene as they try to finally go platinum.”
Lily Singh, who rose through the ranks of YouTube content producers to become a talk show presenter and actor, will portray Nira, the aforementioned A&R executive who must control the rambunctious musicians as they strive to make it big.
Adam F. Goldberg, widely known for developing the US comedy The Goldbergs based on his childhood, Muppet veteran performer/writer Bill Barretta, and actor/writer Jeff Yorkes are the creators of this series.
Barretta will play with Animal (Eric Jacobson) on drums, Floyd Pepper (Matt Vogel) on vocals and bass, and Janice (David Rudman) on vocals and lead guitar, as well as Dr. Teeth on vocals and keyboards, on saxophone, Zoot (Dave Goelz) and trumpet, Lips (Peter Linz).
This one appears to be doing better than Muppets Live Another Day, which was developed by Josh Gad, Adam Horowitz, and Eddy Kitsis but never made it past the pilot stage. Good luck, Mayhem!