The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder has already shown he has a penchant for edgy comedy. Set to air later this year, another series from McGruder, Black Jesus, has been given the green light by the good folks at Adult Swim.
In an exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter, Adult Swim will air the half-hour live action Black Jesus comedy, which will be set in the the mean streets of Compton, Calif. The news comes after the confirmed announcement that The Boondocks is returning to the network for a fourth season next month.
The Hollywood Reporter has more on Black Jesus:
The new half-hour live-action scripted comedy finds Jesus living in present-day Compton, Calif., on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers. Newcomer Gerald “Slink” Johnson (Grand Theft Auto V) stars as Black Jesus. Charlie Murphy (Are We There Yet?), Corey Holcomb (The Cleveland Show), Kali Hawk (Couples Retreat), Andra Fuller (L.A. Complex) and The Boondocks’ John Witherspoon round out the cast.
McGruder will serve as executive producer for the series via his 5 Mutts Productions company. Joining him on the business side will be Trailer Park Boys’ writer-director Mike Clattenberg, and LEG’s Norman Aladjem and John Bravakis.
Black Jesus is promised to come to the network this year, although no date has been set.