February 5, 2014
By Nellie Andreeva
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central has given a pilot green light to Legends, an animated comedy from Bento Box Entertainment. This marks the first pilot order for Bento Box since the primetime animation studio expanded its business into developing and producing its own original animated content last summer with the hire of Mike Clements as head of the newly formed Creative Development and Original Programming Division.
Legends is described as an urban animated comedy centering on a trio of high school basketball players who are legends in their own minds – and really, nowhere else. Freshmen benchwarmers and friends Jamal, Grover and Milk try and mostly fail to make an impression at Bluford High, whether it’s on the court or with the ladies. The project was created and developed by animator Brad Ableson (The Simpsons), Clements, sports producers Quinn Hawking (ESPN, Fox Sports, NFL Network) and Josiah Johnson (NFL Network, Jim Rome On Showtime) as well as writer Michael Starburry (The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete). Additionally, Hawking will voice Jamal and Johnson will voice Grover and Milk as the two are bringing their experience as former UCLA basketball benchwarmers to the project. Abelson and Starrbury executive produce with Bento Box’s Mike Clements and the company’s founders Scott Greenberg, Mark McJimsey and Joel Kuwahara. Bento Box is building on an existing relationship with Comedy Central — the company serves as the animation production house for the cable network’s animated comedy series Brickleberry as well as Fox’s Bob’s Burgers and Hulu’s The Awesomes. Legends reunites Ableson and Clements who co-created and executive produced the MTV animated comedy Good Vibes. In addition to Brickleberry, Comedy Central just greenlighted 10-episode animated cop comedy series Moonbeam City.