The Blues Brothers’ mission from God has been given new life.
and Judy Belushi, the widow of John, have developed a primetime animated television concept for the classic SNL characters and are preparing to shop it to various networks and streaming platforms, according to Deadline. The show would feature a lot of music—both classic soul, blues and R&B tracks and original songs by a new Blues Brothers band. Honestly, this already sounds better than Vinyl.
Of the show’s actual plot, Aykroyd had the following to say in a statement: “The show will be the Blues Brothers living in America and utilizing all new technology to make and promote their own records, seek out and record new artists and avoid law enforcement—and all while fighting for truth, justice and a better breakfast sandwich.”
Maybe this will be the attempt at a Blues Brothers series that finally succeeds. Aykroyd originally tried it out in the late ‘90s, but the David Misch-created effort never actually launched on UPN. Then, a second effort in 2011 didn’t find a home. With mature animated comedies like Bob’s Burgers (whose Bento Box production company is working with Aykroyd and Belushi here), Rick and Morty and Bojack Horseman finding receptive audiences in recent years, the timing likely hasn’t been better.
Meanwhile, if you’re thirsting for some classic Blues Brothers—we’re talking the original lineup, with Aykroyd, John Belushi and their backing band of really good musicians—check out this full set from San Francisco’s Winterland on New Year’s Eve, 1978.