The Muppets Mayhem may not come out until next year, but its promotional campaign has already begun. In fact, all of the show, its creators and most of its stars were the subject of an entire panel at New York Comic Con this weekend. At the panel, there were ton of new details revealed about the show. However, by the end there were still a ton of questions still left unanswered.
Fortunately, our Editor-in-Chief Dempsey Pillot was given the privilege to attend an exclusive roundtable afterwards with all of panel’s talent. There, he and several other journalists were able to ask some more pointed questions about series.
Speaking with two of the series’ human leads it became apparent that this wouldn’t be your average Muppets project. For one, this show focuses on music more than any other show or movie before it. Anders Holm plays a character named JJ. On top of being a love interest for Lilly Singh’s Nora, he describes his character as a “hotshot music mogul.”
“He’s basically trying to sign the Electric Mayhem to his label and make them a success,” he said. As the audience comes to find out, one of the reasons he’s so hellbent on get the attention of the band is not because he likes Nora, but because they used to be together and he actually hopes to rekindle what they once had.
“Many moons ago, he was kind of this guy [who sat] around playing video games. He wasn’t very driven. And she dumped him because of that. So after that, he was like, ‘I gotta get my life together.’ He did this kind of mentality makeover started wearing fancy suits and then just rose to the ranks of the top. And now he thinks that if he can make the Mayhem a success he will win Nora back.”
Saara Choudry plays Nora’s sister, Hannah. As a social media influencer not only is she the total opposite of Nora, she wants nothing to do with the Mayhem. Still, “she is Nora’s biggest fan biggest support,” she told us. “And once Hannah gets to know the band a little bit more, she falls in love with them just as much as as Nora does.”
She further teased that “the relationships that Hannah forms to the individual members of the band is really special [too]. And the way Hanna gets to introduce them to social media. And the way that Hannah teaches them is how much Hannah learns from the band.”
She revealed that her interactions with the band take her on an incredible journey of self discovery. “She learns what matters to her in a way that she’s never been forced to think about before…She’s she’s forced to reconcile with the fact that you know, social media might not be everything. posting about everything might not be the way to go all the time, there may be moments where you need to step back and take a deep breath and take a mental picture rather than posting it on your Instagram story.
“That’s something really beautiful that we get to see Hannah discover, and a message that is pretty universal and really timely, ” she added.
The Muppets Mayhem premieres on Disney+ sometime next year.