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As if Blues Brothers 2000 didn't tarnish the legacy enough, now a TV series is coming

08.31.2011

"The Blues Brothers" is probably the biggest thing to ever come out of "Saturday Night Live." What started as a simple musical sketch with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi turned into a franchise featuring albums, tours, movies, books, video games and a performance at a Super Bowl halftime show. Not all of these things are good. And the idea of a new TV show might just be the nail in the coffin.

Belushi's widow Judy is working with former SNL writer Anne Beatts on a new TV project that would feature Jake and Elwood Blues busting out of jail and searching for Elwood's father. Dan Aykroyd is expected to cameo as the voice of the brothers' parole officer.

This is (sadly) not the first time someone has tried to bring the "Blues Brothers" to the small screen. In the mid-90s, an animated series was produced but never actually aired on TV.

I had hoped that BLUES BROTHERS 2000 would be a merciful end to the franchise that would allow future generations to simply enjoy the genius of the 1980 John Landis film but that appears to not be the case. Especially with TV on a remake-happy run lately that includes new version of "Charlie's Angels" and "The Munsters" on the way.

At the current time, the series is being shopped to networks but hasn't yet been picked up for a pilot order so hopefully we never get that far (and hopefully Jim Belushi stays far away from this).

Source: THR

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5:59PM on 08/31/2011
Only HBO should be allowed to go anywhere near a project like this.
Only HBO should be allowed to go anywhere near a project like this.
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2:58PM on 08/31/2011
This is why we can't have nice things.
This is why we can't have nice things.
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1:30PM on 08/31/2011

ANIMATED SERIES!

Genuinely I would completely love one of those. I mean the original movie lends itself to animation so well, with the comedy being so broad, over the top and slapstick in places.

I'll remain optimistic about a TV show based sorely on how much I genuinely enjoyed the new Teen Wolf series. Regardless what happens I'll always have the original...unlike Star Wars.
Genuinely I would completely love one of those. I mean the original movie lends itself to animation so well, with the comedy being so broad, over the top and slapstick in places.

I'll remain optimistic about a TV show based sorely on how much I genuinely enjoyed the new Teen Wolf series. Regardless what happens I'll always have the original...unlike Star Wars.
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12:41PM on 08/31/2011
John Belushi is going to roll over in his grave and punch Dan Aykroyd in his mother fucking balls.
John Belushi is going to roll over in his grave and punch Dan Aykroyd in his mother fucking balls.
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12:24PM on 08/31/2011

If it's a cartoon, then HELL YES.

Otherwise I'd have to say no. But like a more adult themed (like if FX or Adult Swim ran it) Blues Brothers cartoon could be great.

ON A SIDE NOTE - Saturday Night Live & Lorne Michaels were not involved with the Blues Brothers at all (hell if anything they almost screwed them over because Paul Shaffer was the original Pianist for the Blues Brothers Band and couldn't get out of contract or something), Aykroyd & Belushi owned the characters. They just tested them there.
Otherwise I'd have to say no. But like a more adult themed (like if FX or Adult Swim ran it) Blues Brothers cartoon could be great.

ON A SIDE NOTE - Saturday Night Live & Lorne Michaels were not involved with the Blues Brothers at all (hell if anything they almost screwed them over because Paul Shaffer was the original Pianist for the Blues Brothers Band and couldn't get out of contract or something), Aykroyd & Belushi owned the characters. They just tested them there.
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11:28AM on 08/31/2011
WHY WON'T THEY LET US BE HAPPY?!
WHY WON'T THEY LET US BE HAPPY?!
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10:48AM on 08/31/2011

bring it on

i know i'm gonna get hate for this but i wouldn't mind a tv show. because unlike the rest of you i realize that these are only characters ackroyd and belushi brought them to the screen however they are not to me the absolute be all end all of the character. maybe its because i read comics, watch to many movies, or enjoy to many musicals,but like ledgers joker i do not think a single actor owns the character forever because others can bring an amazing job to the persona, and even out do the
i know i'm gonna get hate for this but i wouldn't mind a tv show. because unlike the rest of you i realize that these are only characters ackroyd and belushi brought them to the screen however they are not to me the absolute be all end all of the character. maybe its because i read comics, watch to many movies, or enjoy to many musicals,but like ledgers joker i do not think a single actor owns the character forever because others can bring an amazing job to the persona, and even out do the original true grit is a great example of that, either way interested to see who takes on the duties and hearing them perform
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10:07AM on 08/31/2011

Judy Belushi and the producers...

...need to go to church and hear what the Reverend Cleophus has to say. They must see the light!
...need to go to church and hear what the Reverend Cleophus has to say. They must see the light!
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11:22AM on 08/31/2011
Certainly won't need much of an excuse to not see this. I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT!
Certainly won't need much of an excuse to not see this. I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT!
9:58AM on 08/31/2011

I'm on a mission from God...

...to stop this show from being made.
...to stop this show from being made.
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10:00AM on 08/31/2011
Good one.
Good one.
7:49PM on 08/31/2011
Now that's funny! Great job.
Now that's funny! Great job.
9:58AM on 08/31/2011

Just leave it alone...

Give me Blues Brothers on Blu ray instead!
Give me Blues Brothers on Blu ray instead!
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9:58AM on 08/31/2011
It released a couple weeks ago on Blu-Ray bud.
It released a couple weeks ago on Blu-Ray bud.
12:25PM on 08/31/2011
fail?
fail?
9:50AM on 08/31/2011
Not a thing in this world can turn this goat piss into gasoline.
Not a thing in this world can turn this goat piss into gasoline.
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9:47AM on 08/31/2011

Please God No!

Blues Brothers is probably my favorite movie, and I've lost track of how many times I've watched the orginial. Agreed that BB2000 was garbage and a hint that HEY maybe we should leave this franchise alone.
Blues Brothers is probably my favorite movie, and I've lost track of how many times I've watched the orginial. Agreed that BB2000 was garbage and a hint that HEY maybe we should leave this franchise alone.
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9:43AM on 08/31/2011

No

Just no.
Just no.
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