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'Boondocks' Season Three Premieres in May

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 27th 2010 9:00AM
BoondocksIt's been more than three years since 'The Boondocks' invaded my TV, and now they are coming back for seconds. Well, thirds.

Aaron McGruder, creator of 'The Boondocks' comic strip and animated Adult Swim series, said on his Twitter page that the show will premiere its third season on May 2.

Last December, McGruder, who also serves as the show's executive producer, announced that a third season was in the works but he could not confirm the airdate.

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The Boondocks is back for a third season

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 29th 2009 10:26AM
The BoondocksThe Boondocks will be returning to television for a third season on Adult Swim after a two year hiatus. It was announced by creator Aaron McGruder on his MySpace page.

Nothing official has been announced by Adult Swim yet, so this can only be taken with a grain of salt. On the other hand, the creator of the show could be considered a fairly reliable source. McGruder did mention on Twitter that an airdate was determined but wasn't allowed to say exactly when it was.

If you've never watched The Boondocks, I urge you to try and catch it online. It's funny, but not in an in-your-face sight-gag sort of way. The humor is more intelligent and subtle than anything on Fox's Sunday night lineup. The show is an example of personality-driven humor (in this case of the African-American variety) meeting the anime style of cartoon and is the best example that I know of the merging of East and West animation.

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'The Boondocks' Will Return for a Third Season

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Dec 28th 2009 12:35PM
'The Boondocks' is back. Variety reports that after nearly two years off the air, creator Aaron McGruder says his show will return for season 3 in early 2010.

Based on McGruder's 'Boondocks' comic strip, the animated series explores race tensions especially as they relate to the Freeman family. Ten-year-old Hugh Freeman, voiced by Regina King (pictured right with McGruder), usually narrates the story, radiating pride for his African-American culture and expressing criticism and concern for black media portrayals. He is kept in line by his younger brother Riley (also King) and his grandfather Robert (John Witherspoon). Riley's gangster rap influence provides the counterpart to his older brother's Afrocentrism.

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Comedian Paul Mooney gives up the "N word"

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 29th 2006 12:50PM
Paul MooneyMore Michael Richards fall-out. Esteemed comedian and writer Paul Mooney has called for an end to the use of the "N word." This is big deal because Mooney is an entertainment legend known for his own liberal use of the word. He wrote for Sanford & Son, Saturday Night Live, Good Times and In Living Color. He was Richard Pryor's writing partner and has worked closely with Spike Lee and Dave Chappelle. He appears in the "Negrodamus" and "Ask a Black Man" sketches on The Chappelle Show. Seriously, the guy is huge. If you ever have a chance to catch his stand-up act in the clubs, you should. The man has seen it all.

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The Boondocks DVD pushed back to July

by Adam Finley, posted May 19th 2006 4:01PM
boondocksAs I mentioned in April, the first season of The Boondocks, uncut and uncensored, will be out in June. Well, apparently I lied. Okay, I didn't really lie, but the release date has been pushed back over a month to July 25. Actually, I'd be interested to know if anyone watches this show. I checked it out when it debuted, and while I think individual episodes were okay, the show never seemed to leave me with any reason to keep checking back in. If I serendipitously catch it while surfing the channels, I'll stop and watch it, but it's not a show I actually make a point to watch. It has become one of those shows I can admire even if personally it leaves me a bit cold. Should I give it another chance?

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Boondocks shall return for a new season

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 30th 2006 10:08AM
boondocks hueyIf ya'll have been digging The Boondocks, you'll be happy to know that a brand new season will be kicking off later this year. Adult Swim has bought twenty new episodes of the series. I haven't quite made up my mind about the show, though I did go into it with high hopes. Several episodes have been brilliant, but others have left me cold. What keeps me from dismissing the show entirely is that it's the only show of its kind out there right now, and, being an animated program, it's able to get away with saying some of the stuff it does. It's as if I'm drawn more to what the show stands for than the show itself. That's admirable in it's own way, but it doesn't always make for the best television. I never walk away from an episode of The Boondocks unmoved, but I don't always walk away entertained. What keeps me from turning my back on it completely is those moments when the show proves it's capable of doing both.

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Al Sharpton critical of Boondocks

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 25th 2006 5:14PM
A recent episode of The Boondocks cartoon rubbed Reverend Al Sharpton the wrong way. The episode, called The Return of the King, featured an animated Martin Luther King, Jr. using the "n"-word. The story has King being named a traitor and terrorist sympathizer for his non-violent response to the September 11th attacks. It aired on January 15, the night before the MLK holiday. I didn't see the episode, so I can't tell you exactly how the "n"-word was used.

Sharpton is demanding that Cartoon Network apologize and pull any episodes "that desecrate black historic figures." Cartoon Network released a statement (not an apology), defending Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder. The Network said, "We think Aaron McGruder came up with a thought-provoking way of not only showing Dr. King's bravery but also reminding us of what he stood and fought for."

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