The Boondocks, a new animated television comedy based on Aaron McGruder's award-winning comic strip of the same name, will join Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's late-night block of animation for adults this fall. Cartoon Network has ordered 15 half-hour episodes of the series, and like the comic strip, The Boondocks is a provocative family-based comedy brimming with social relevance and satire.
When Robert "Granddad" Freeman becomes legal guardian of his rambunctious grandkids, he moves from the south side of Chicago to the quiet and safety of "The Boondocks" (in this case, suburban Woodcrest), hoping that he can ignore them altogether and enjoy the fourth quarter of his life in peace. But Huey, a 10-year-old left wing revolutionary, is determined not to enjoy the affluence of suburbia. This attitude is seconded by his 8-year-old brother, Riley, a proud product of contemporary rap culture who lives only to spread chaos and mayhem. Although they torture each other and provoke the neighborhood, they are no match for Granddad, who is eccentric even by "crazy-ass-old-black-man" standards.
"I would feel better about television if Aaron McGruder wrote and produced everything on television," said Mike Lazzo, senior vice president of Cartoon Network responsible for Adult Swim.
"I've already set my TiVo Season Pass," said Russ Krasnoff, Sony Pictures Television's president of programming and production.
More programming information for The Boondocks will be announced at a later date. The series is produced by Rebel Base and Hudlin Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television.
About Adult Swim: Cartoon Network launched Adult Swim in September 2001. Now airing Sunday-Thursday from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (ET, PT), with a replay from 2-5 a.m. (ET, PT), Adult Swim is #1 on all of ad-supported basic cable in its time slot with its primary demographics, men 18-24 and men 18-34. Adult Swim's programming includes animated comedy and anime programming, including favorites like Family Guy and Futurama; original comedy hits Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sealab 2021 and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law; and action-adventure series' Inuyasha, Witch Hunter Robin and Cowboy Bebop.
About Cartoon Network: Cartoon Network (www.CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in 87.3 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s 24-hour, ad-supported cable service offering the best in animated entertainment. Drawing from the world's largest cartoon library, Cartoon Network showcases unique original ventures such as Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Codename: Kids Next Door, Teen Titans, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Ed, Edd n Eddy and other Cartoon Cartoons. Cartoon Network also features Adult Swim, its signature late night block of animation for grownups. Since its launch in 1992, Cartoon Network has remained one of ad-supported cable's highest-rated networks.
About Sony Pictures Television: Sony Pictures Television (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is one of the television industry's leading content providers. SPT produces and distributes top-rated, award-winning programming in every genre, including series, movies and family entertainment for network and cable television; first-run syndicated series; off-network syndicated programs; and theatrical releases. SPT is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.