When Blake Griffin isn’t trying standup comedy, jumping over cars or being suggested as the star of Space Jam 2, he apparently likes to produce films and TV shows. L.A. Clippers’ star forward Griffin was recently reported to be producing a reboot of 1991 cult favorite The Rocketeer for Disney (along with Carolina Panthers’ offensive lineman Ryan Kalil), and now he’s an executive producer on what Uproxx’s Brian Grubb describes as “a hillbilly Fresh Prince cartoon” pilot for Fox. Here’s more on the forthcoming Okies of Bel Air, from Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva:
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.
…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.
“In the vein of”? This sounds exactly like what you would get if you smashed The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Beverly Hillbillies together. (Can it incorporate Griffin rapping “In central Oklahoma, born and raised/On the playground was where I spent most of my days/Chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool/And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school”?)
Still, in an era of reboots, that might help it to win an audience, and Griffin’s popularity certainly can’t hurt, especially if he’s able to voice the project. If he can provide real experiences that take this beyond the typical fish (or in this case, fish farmers) out of water story, it might be interesting. This is only a pilot order, so there’s no guarantee viewers will ever get a chance to see it, but at least we’ll know that there’s an answer to the ultimate question of “what happens when a family of Oklahoma catfish farmers moves to Bel Air?” It’s probably not 42, but maybe it will involve The Carlton Dance.