Do we need this? I don't think we need this: Dan Aykroyd is trying to bring back the Blues Brothers again, and this this time they'd get a whole TV series all to themselves! The pilot script, which is just now being shopped around to studios, was written by Judy Belushi (John's widow), former Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts, and two men whose top Google hits reveal that they're in a Blues Brothers tribute band. Here's what Judy Belushi said about the project:
"I think these are great American characters," Judy Belushi told Variety. "We want to keep them alive. We chose to introduce them as new characters but do it in an way that they have some history, have some life behind them."
Okay, valid enough. But I wonder if Beatts could chime in with something that sounds much, much less valid. Can you, Anne?
"It would be 'Route 66' meets 'Glee,' and it all goes to hell in a handbasket," Beatts said.
Nailed it. I think if Beatts thinks she needs to qualify her Glee comparison by saying it would then go to hell in a handbasket, she has not seen Glee. This troubling comparison, along with would-be executive producer Eric Garner's hope that they could brand the crap out of the show (including actual "Bluesmobiles"), makes it seem kind of like the is not so much a labor of "love" as it is a labor of "wanting cash." But maybe it will be good! Which would be nice, because it would save us from having to think of Blues Brothers 2000 as "not the worst Blues Brothers adaptation."