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Bento Box Entertainment to Produce New ‘Blues Brothers’ Animated Series

Proposed Project From Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi and Original 'SNL' Writer Anne Beatts

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Independent studio Bento Box Entertainment (BBE) has announced it will develop and produce “The Blues Brothers” as a new primetime animated comedy series. The project comes from co-creators and executive producers Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi and original “Saturday Night Live” writer Anne Beatts. The series, which does not have an outlet yet, will chronicle the music, mayhem and comedy adventures of Jake and Elwood Blues, along with the characters within their master blues band. The Blues Brothers – Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi – first appeared on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on January 17, 1976.[

Each episode will feature a score and soundtrack curated with the soul, blues and R&B classics and hits performed by the original legendary musicians, the Blues Brothers, as well as new performances recorded specifically for the show. The series will also highlight special guest appearances from aspiring talent, treasured Blues legends and superstars from today’s music world.

In 1997, former network UPN filmed a pilot for a proposed animated “Blues Brothers,” but the project never went to series. Bento Box plans to shop “The Blues Brothers” to television platforms starting in May.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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