Comedy Central gave a pilot green light to animated comedy Legends from Bento Box Entertainment.
Reported exclusively by Deadline, this is the first pilot order for Bento Box, a primetime animation studio, after they expanded into developing and producing original animated content last summer with Mike Clements as the new Creative Development and Original Programming Division.
Legends is an urban animated comedy focusing on three high school basketball players who believe they are legends in their own minds. They are freshmen bench-warmers and friends Jamal, Grover and Milk. They try yet fail to make their impressions known at Bluford High on the court or with the ladies.
The comedy 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) and writer Michael Starrbury (The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete). Hawking will lend his voice to Jamal and Johnson will voice Grover and Milk. The two were also UCLA bench-warmers. Abelson, Starrbury and Bento Box’s Mike Clements will executive produce along with the company’s founders Scott Greenberg, Mark McJimsey and Joel Kuwahara.
Bento Box is building upon an existing relationship with Comedy Central. Bento Box is the animation production house for Comedy Central’s Brickleberry, Fox’s Bob’s Burgers and Hulu’s The Awesomes. This new animated comedy serves as a reunion for Ableson and Clements, they previously co-created and executive produced MTV’s Good Vibes. In addition to Brickleberry, Comedy Central recently green lit 10-episode animated cop comedy Moonbeam City.