'Boondocks' & 'Black Jesus' Creator, Aaron McGruder, Is Back With A New Series
2017 has brought Aaron McGruder and Dave Chappelle out of retirement. Look at God.
There is not a day that goes by that I don’t wish for Chappelle's Show or The Boondocks to come back and make sense of everything happening in the world. Whether it was us witnessing our first black President, the current state of hip-hop or this current disastrous Trump administration, Dave Chappelle and Aaron McGruder were the only two that could help us get through the good and bad times with laughter. After his SNL appearance back in November, Chappelle announced that he was be releasing three comedy specials on Netflix in early 2017. Now, Aaron McGruder has teamed up with producer-director Will Packer, known for his hit movies Think Like A Man and Ride Along, for a new series bought by Amazon Studios.
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McGruder and Packer, who recently just produced the upcoming comedy, Girls Trip featuring Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith, will serve as executive producers along with writer and producer Norman Aladjem. According to Deadline, the series is set in an alternative universe and it examines how the world would change if the United States’ allied powers had not won World War II.
Aaron McGruder first created “The Boondocks” as a comic strip on The Hitlist Online back in 1996 as a college student. It ran from 2005 to 2014 as an animated series on Cartoon Network, unfortunately, McGruder announced he was leaving his role as showrunner shortly before the fourth season went into production. Many die-hard fans would admit that his presence was greatly missed during that fourth and final season, ultimately causing a dip in viewers. He attempted to raise money for a “Boondocks” movie, centered on Uncle Ruckus, but the fundraiser fell shy of its goal. In 2014, McGruder announced he was coming out with a new series called Black Jesus, which aired on Adult Swim, Carton Network nightly block.
It would be great to keep the tradition alive and have McGruder’s third series also on Cartoon Network but beggars can’t be choosers, we’re just glad he’s back.