‘The Boondocks’ is Back, But Show Creator Aaron McGruder is Out
One minute there’s excitement abound over The Boondocks‘ long-awaited return on April 21st, the next we find out that creator Aaron McGruder had zero involvement with the forth and final season.
A press release from Sony Pictures Television, which produces the show, revealed the disappointing news: “[season 4] was produced without the involvement of Aaron McGruder, when a mutually agreeable production schedule could not be determined.”
LA Times notes that representatives for McGruder could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, fans are left wondering how this could happen. How do you have The Boondocks without McGruder, who created the original comic strip in 1996?
Season 4 will pick up with Huey, Riley and Granddad meeting several new and familiar characters in outrageous situations, including a long lost Kardashian sister that Granddad is dating, Tom DuBois as R&B bad boy “Pretty Boy Flizzy’s” lawyer, and Graddad’s love relationship with his iPhone’s Siri.
Regina King will return to the animated series as the voices of Huey and Riley, along with John Witherspoon as the voice of Robert “Granddad” Freeman.
Other characters will be voiced by Jenifer Lewis (Think Like a Man), Dennis Haysbert (24), Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Ghostface Killah, CeeLo, Lil Wayne, Donald Faison (Scrubs), Aisha Tyler (Archer), Kym Whitley (Reno 911!), Tichina Arnold (Everybody Hates Chris), Mo’Nique (The Parkers), Marion Ross (Happy Days), Tavis Smiley, Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Bill Duke (X-Men: The Last Stand), and Cedric the Entertainer (The Soul Man).
Xzibit, Charlie Murphy, MTV’s Sway and Katt Williams also reprise their roles from last season.
As for McGruder, it looks like he’s moving on to a new live action venture, Black Jesus, with Adult Swim, which also airs The Boondocks in the United States. Awkward.