Fox has given a pilot presentation order to Okies of Bel Air, an animated comedy executive produced by Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin. The project, written by writer-comedian Sean O’Connor (The Late Late Show), hails from Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV. It borrows some elements from Griffin’s life.
In the vein of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Beverly Hillbillies, Okies of Bel Air is the story of a family of humble Oklahoma catfish farmers who, after their basketball prodigy son is chosen first overall in the NBA draft, pack up and move to the tony enclave of Bel Air, where they’ll struggle to preserve their down-home sensibilities amidst a vast cultural wasteland where Kardashian reigns supreme and pressed juice is considered a viable alternative to childhood vaccinations.
Oklahoma native Griffin was selected as the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2009 NBA draft, moving from his home state to LA.
Griffin, who has done some event hosting and occasional standup in his spare time, may voice the project but only if his basketball season schedule allows. Griffin executive produces Okies with Dave Jeser, Matt Silverstein and Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo.
O’Connor’s half-hour special aired on Comedy Central and he was a New Face at 2011’s Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal where Griffin performed some standup this week. O’Connor is repped by CAA, Mosaic and attorney Patti Felker. Jeser and Silverstein are repped by WME. Griffin is repped by Excel Sports. Imagine Entertainment is repped by CAA.