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Blues Brothers in Prime Time
Published on Saturday, September 3, 2011 by

Variety reports that Blues Brothers next mission will be Prime Time.

Jake and Elwood Blues are on a new mission: to find a place in primetime.

A new incarnation of the Blues Brothers is being pitched to studios and networks as a new TV series. The iconic musical brothers were made famous by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd on Saturday Night Live and beyond in the late 1970s. Current TV rights are reportedly owned by Aykroyd and Judy Belushi (John’s widow) whil Universal owns the film rights. It is somewhat surprising that Saturday Night Live does not own a piece of the property. The pilot, to be pitched, was penned by Judy Belushi, former SNL writer Anne Beatts, and Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty.

Variety reports that the script has the pair of brothers out of jail and Elwood looking for his real dad. The Blues Brothers 2000 movie showed Elwood getting out of prison although Jake had died alone inside before the movie started. Casting has yet to be determined but bringing back both brothers necessitates new actors to put on the old shades. Aykroyd will participate in the project as the voice of Jake and Elwood’s parole officer. Beatts, Belushi and Eric Gardner of Panacea Entertainment would exec produce.

The Blues Brothers debuted in a 1978 “Saturday Night Live” episode hosted by Steve Martin. The popularity of Belushi’s and Aykroyd’s characters quickly took off, and soon the pair went on to form a band that toured the country. A bigscreen pic, 1980’s “The Blues Brothers,” directed by John Landis, grossed more than $100 million worldwide.

After Belushi died in 1982, Aykroyd kept the spirit of the Blues Brothers alive. He was an investor in the nationwide House of Blues venues and often toured and sang with John’s brother, Jim Belushi, as the Blues Brothers. The Blues Brothers have had several DVDs of cover songs preserving the music that they loved. The pair of orphan blues men’s mission was to preserve the music. The comedy came after a focus on the music by Akryod and Belushi.

To be successful this show needs a helping of music. If the pilot goes to series, each episode would include a musical number, presumably featuring a new Blues Brothers band. Beatts describes the show as “It would be ‘Route 66′ meets ‘Glee,’ and it all goes to hell in a handbasket.”

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