There’s one thing not many people know about me. I don’t watch very much TV, and when I say not very much, I really mean little to none. I only really watch sports, award shows here and there, and an occasional TV show when I find one I really like. The Boondocks since day one has been one of those shows THAT I REALLY LIKE! The mix of satire, cultural relevance, and the fact that the program has been on the forefront of predicting several social trends makes it the best show on television in the past 10 years for me.
If you’ve been in these ATL streets lately, you’ve probably seen one of the several Boondocks murals in promotion of the new season 4 which kicks off on April 21st @ 10:30. I heard sometime last year from a source at Cartoon Network that Boondocks would definitely be returning for a 4th season. What I, or rather nobody knew was that founder and creator Aaron McGruder was going to be stepping down from the show.
This news announced last week leaves me a lot of confusion and even more questions. In a statement AM says:
As the world now knows, The Boondocks will be returning for a fourth season, but I will not be returning with it. I’d like to extend my gratitude to Sony and Adult Swim for three great seasons.
I created The Boondocks two decades ago in college, did the daily comic for six years, and was showrunner on the animated series for the first three seasons. The Boondocks pretty much represents my life’s work to this point. Huey, Riley, and Granddad are not just property to me. They are my fictional blood relatives. Nothing is more painful than to leave them behind.
To quote a great white man, “Hollywood is a business”. And to quote another great white man, “Don’t hold grudges”.
What has never been lost on me is the enormous responsibility that came with The Boondocks – particularly the television show and it’s relatively young audience. It was important to offend, but equally important to offend for the right reasons. For three seasons I personally navigated this show through the minefields of controversy. It was not perfect. And it definitely was not quick. But it was always done with a keen sense of duty, history, culture, and love. Anything less would have been simply unacceptable.
As for me, I’m finally putting a life of controversy and troublemaking behind me with my upcoming Adult Swim show, BLACK JESUS.
Okay so here’s what I’m confused about:
Doesn’t Aaron McGruder OWN the Boondocks. I mean he did found and create it right? So how are you stepping down from something you created. I mean that’s possible right. Russell stepped down from Def Jam, but when he did he announced he SOLD it.
Has the Boondocks been sold to Cartoon Network? With McGruder stepping down, who is stepping up? And if AM didn’t have anything to do with season 4, why wasn’t this news released before the creation of season 4?
McGruder hints at a new show “Black Jesus” that will be featured on the same Cartoon Network station as the Boondocks. If the network didn’t give complete creative control and freedom with the Boondocks, does Aaron really expect to get that with his new program?
Some of this story just isn’t making sense too me.
Futhermore… Deep down, I’m hoping this is all apart of a marketing scheme to continue building the buzz for the premier of season 4, and all questions will be answered soon enough. I guess we’ll see right?
Below is the trailer for Season 4 if you haven’t seen it yet. Shouts to the homie Killer Mike who’s voice you’ll hear in here. Monday April 21st (Boondocks has moved to Mondays WTF?) 10:30pm it all goes down.
What do you think of Aaron McGruder stepping down?