*Viewers have been patiently waiting for months to hear updates about season 4 of “The Boondocks.”
Adult Swim showcased a graphic promo a while ago that did at least confirm that Huey Freeman and his family would be coming back one day, but there was no release date given.
Well it looks like being impatient is sometimes a virtue; because after an anxious fan told Adult Swim that it should run episodes of “The Boondocks” more often, the network announced the new season would be “coming in January.”
*CBS’ “The Mentalist” has expanded its cast by adding onetime “Prison Break” inmate and former BET’s “The Game” actor Rockmond Dunbar as a series regular.
Deadline reports that Dunbar has snagged the role of Dennis Abbott, a FBI Supervisory Agent who doesn’t do nonsense or take well to Patrick Jane’s “charm.”
His character is one of the new characters being thrown in for Season 6 as they prep for two mid-season exits.
*Just like the headline says, this page/board is where you can discuss the stuff that we didn’t cover in today’s issue. (It’s sort of like feedback with a twist) Remember, NO name calling, racial taunting, graphic sex talk and vulgarity in general, PLEASE.
EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
“Where you will sit when you are old shows where you stood in youth” – African Proverb
May 29: Singer Rebbie Jackson is 62. Singer LaToya Jackson is 56. Singer Jayski McGowan of Quad City DJ’s is 45. Cartoonist Aaron McGruder (”Boondocks”) is 38. Singer Melanie Brown (”Scary Spice”) of the Spice Girls is 37. Rapper Playa Poncho is 37.
May 29, 1851: Sojourner Truth delivers her infamous “Ain’t I A Woman?” speech to the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)
*In the third season of the Boondocks cartoon show, Aaron McGruder takes not-so subliminal shots at Soulja Boy, Tyler Perry, and even President Obama. And now people who are on McGruder’s satirical line of fire can enjoy their animated caricatures uncensored.
The Boondocks: The Complete Third Season debuts on DVD November 9th, and all 15 episodes are released in a three-disc, uncut and uncensored collection. Yes, that means Young Reezy, Huey, Granddad, Uncle Ruckus, Thugnificent and the Wunclers are now bleep-free.
For $49.95 viewers get additional features, including commentary from cast members John Witherspoon, Cedric Yarbrough and Gary Anthony Williams. Also on the DVD is every episode hosted by Yarbrough and Williams and a special sketch photo gallery of animator Seung Eun Kim, the key role player in making the cartoon’s anime look so edgy.
A recent episode of 'The Boondocks' called 'Pause' parodied Tyler Perry
*An LA Times blog is reporting that things are a still a little touchy between Tyler Perry and his business associates at Time Warner in the wake of a recent episode on “The Boondocks” that parodied the man whose alter ego is a dress wearing, gun totin’ woman named Madea.
Simply put, Perry is pissed.
The episode in question – “Pause” – (scroll down to watch) – which aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block, on June 20 – went hard on Perry with the lampooning. The show, which is executive produced by Aaron McGruder, who also created the now-defunct comic strip of the same name, featured a thinly veiled version of Perry named Winston Jerome. In the episode, Jerome is shown to be a closeted cross-dresser who uses religion to hide his lifestyle.
A furious Perry contacted the suits at Turner Broadcasting, which, along with the Cartoon Network, is owned by Time Warner, to complain loudly about the episode and even threatened to rethink his relationship with the company.
Phil Kent, the chief executive of Turner Broadcasting is known a low-key executive, but he’s also a former talent agent and put his skills to work; he told the actor-producer that he should have been given a warning about the episode.
So was it a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand was doing or did anybody care:
Senior executives at Turner knew the episode had the potential to cause headaches when the script for it first came in more than a year ago, people close to the show said. McGruder had wanted the show to be the season premiere, but instead “Pause” was moved (some say buried) further into the season.
In the original script, McGruder did not make much of an effort to alter the identity of the subject of his scorn; he had to be told to change the name of the character so it wouldn’t so closely resemble Perry’s. He came back with a name that was a play on Perry’s legal name, but that didn’t fly either. And, hence, Winston Jerome was born.
A character resembling Tyler Perry's Madea persona is lampooned on 'The Boondocks' animated series on Adult Swim.
*Aaron McGruder has always used his cartoon, The Boondocks, as an edgy way to express the African American experience in America through the eyes of two children.
Between two little boys, a militant and the other a hip hop wanna be gangsta, and their grandfather, McGruder expresses all the extremes of black rationale on current events and social disorders he feels is his duty to put under the microscope.
Apparently, his latest criticism is focused on Winston Jerome, who bears an uncanny likeness to Tyler Perry. I could be wrong, but you be the judge. This episode of Boondocks aired recently and began with a play that seemed (more…)
*They’re baaaack! Season 3 of critically acclaimed Aaron McGRuder’s “The Boondocks’” premiered, crushing all-time series rating records.
Nielson Media Research data revealed the animated Adult Swim series attracted 2.55 million viewers, a Cartoon Network record breaking rating for the year. “The Boondocks’” also leads in several audience categories including adults 18-34.
If you missed out on the first episode, fret not because you can purchase a uncensored episodes via iTunes for $2.99 (available 12 hours after the network premiere).
The show has been on hiatus for two years and has been criticized for being mishandled. Regina King, voice of characters Huey and Riley Freeman, expressed her excitement to reporters.
“I am so happy that it is coming back… I wish there was some website that people could send [a message] to Sony and say, ‘What are you doing?’”
She added, “‘Boondocks could be so bigger than what it is,” the ‘Southland’ actress added. “If I had the money to buy ‘The Boondocks’ off Sony, I would because all of you would be wearing ‘Boondocks’ T-shirts and there would be Huey and Riley dolls. I would capitalize off of that, and I would be a very rich woman.”
Boondocks is back on track, comfortably sitting at the number one spot. The show airs Sundays at 11:30 PM/ET.