Comedy Central has given a 10-episode series order to Legends Of Chamberlain Heights, an animated comedy from veteran Simpsons artist Brad Ableson, retired UCLA Bruin basketball players, sports producers Quinn Hawking (ESPN) and Josiah Johnson (NFL Network), writer Michael Starrbury (The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete) and Bento Box Entertainment.
Legends Of Chamberlain Heights, originally ordered to pilot 15 months ago, is described as an urban animated series mixing raucous comedy and social commentary. It centers on three high school freshmen: Jamal, Grover, and Milk, with Hawking and Johnson providing inspiration for the characters. (Hawking voices Jamal and Johnson voices Grover and Milk, with the two bringing their experience as former UCLA basketball benchwarmers to the project.) The three friends tackle life with some wins and some losses, but failure doesn’t faze them since they’re legends…even if it’s just in their own minds.
“This show is so relatable because no matter how much of a legend we are in our own minds, deep down we know we have some benchwarmer in us, too,” said Comedy Central’s president of original programming Kent Alterman.
Ableson developed the original concept with Bento Box’s Mike Clements, Hawking, Johnson and Starrbury. Executive producing the series, set for 2016 premiere, are Bento Box’s Clements, Scott Greenberg, Joel Kuwahara and Mark McJimsey, along with Ableson and Starrbury, with Hawking & Johnson producing.
With the pickup of Legends, Comedy Central is beefing up its animated comedy ranks following the recent cancellation of Brickleberry after 3 seasons. Bento Box served as the animation production house for Brickleberry, a role it also plays on Fox’s Bob’s Burgers and Hulu’s The Awesomes. In addition to veteran South Park, Comedy Central also has upcoming animated cop comedy series Moonbeam City.
This marks the first series order for Bento Box since the primetime animation studio expanded its business into developing and producing its own original animated content with the hire of Clements as head of the newly formed Creative Development and Original Programming Division.
Legends reunited Ableson and Clements, who co-created and executive produced the MTV animated comedy Good Vibes.