The Cartoon Network Adult Swim adult animated series created by Aaron McGruder, The Boondocks is coming back to television! The series which is based on a comic strip that went by the same name, first debuted back in November of 2005 until the series ended in June of 2014. This run included four seasons and a total of fifty-five episodes. Now according to Deadline, HBO Max has given a two season, twenty-four episode order to a reboot of the series from McGruder and Sony Pictures Animation. It is expected to to launch sometime in the fall of 2020 with a fifty minute special. They have also announced that all previous fifty-five episodes will be available to stream on the WarnerMedia direct to consumer platform when it launches.
HBO Max was quick to jump at the opportunity to add The Boondocks to their lineup after Sony Pictures Animation announced in late spring that the revival of the series would be taken out to the marketplace. This buy was not a surprise as a lot of Adult Swim’s lineup will be available on their streaming service. The new Boondocks series will continue to follow the many adventures of Robert “Granddad” Freeman and his two grandsons Huey and Riley. They have recently moved to a suburban community in Maryland only to have it invaded by Uncle Ruckus and his neo-fascist regime.
“The Boondocks was a revolutionary series that sparked conversations on hot button issues and brought dark subjects into the light with episodes like ‘The Trial of Robert Kelly’, ‘The Fundraiser’ and ‘The Story of Gangstalicious’,” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max and President, TBS, TNT and truTV. “Aaron is a gifted visionary whose unique style of storytelling is a welcome voice and we are elated The Freemans are making their thugnificent comeback on HBO Max.”
“There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world of The Boondocks and do it over again for today,” said McGruder, “It’s crazy how different the times we live in are now – both politically and culturally – more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There’s a lot to say and it should be fun.” McGruder will be returning as showrunner and will serve as executive producer with Norm Aladjem for Mainstay Entertainment, Seung Kim and Meghann Collins Robertson. Sony Pictures Animation will produce the series in partnership with Sony Pictures Television.
In a day and age when everything and anything offends people, it will be interesting to see how they handle the tone of The Boondocks. I have always been a fan of the series so I am looking forward to see what McGruder has in mind for the next twenty-four episodes. It is also interesting that the announcement does not mention if all or any of the voice actors would return to the series. We’ll just have to wait and see.
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The Boondocks will debut sometime in fall 2020 with a fifty-five minute special.
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