Tahj Mowry (Smart Guy) is set to join Muppets Mayhem, the newest Muppet project set for Disney+, Variety has learned.
The series will take audiences on a music-filled journey as, at long last, The Electric Mayhem Band, consisting 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, as they record their first-ever album. Lilly Singh (A Little Late with Lilly Singh, Dollface) will play the (human) lead role of “Nora” the junior A&R executive tasked with managing and wrangling the mayhem that is The Electric Mayhem Band.
Mowry will star as Gary “Moog” Moogowski. Described as a lovably awkward die-hard superfan of the band, he loyally follows them from gig to gig. Moog is an avid audiophile who knows his way around a mixing board. Since he is a walking encyclopedia of the band, he’s often able to offer advice or guidance to Nora when she’s having trouble wrangling, communicating with or even understanding them. As Moog continues to work closely with Nora, he begins to hope that maybe she’ll see him less as a goofy sidekick and more as a leading man.
Last month, we exclusively reported that the series will begin shooting this month and will film through the Summer. Additionally, we reported that casting is underway for another character named Hannah Gibbs. She’s described as a young Asian/Indian woman between the ages of 18 and 24 years old who, after being born into the era of likes, shares, and the idea that “if it wasn’t posted, it didn’t happen”, has built a social media empire by doing make-up videos. She’s apparently become so successful that it’s caused a rift in a relationship with her older sister, Nora.
The series was developed by Adam F. Goldberg, Bill Barretta, and Jeff Yorkes based on characters created by Jim Henson. It is written by Adam F. Goldberg (The Goldbergs), Bill Barretta (The Muppets, Muppets Haunted Mansion), and Jeff Yorkes, the executive producers are Goldberg, Barretta, Michael Bostick, and Kris Eber. Yorkes is a co-executive producer. The Muppets Studio’s David Lightbody and Leigh Slaughter are also executive producers.
The Disney Branded Television series is produced by ABC Signature and The Muppets Studio for Disney+.