What’s the Status of the ‘Boondocks’ Reboot?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Regina King and John Witherspoon

There’s nothing just like the animated collection The Boondocks. Created by Aaron McGruder, the present focuses on two brothers, Huey and Riley, who transfer into their granddad’s suburban residence after years of residing within the metropolis. Across 4 seasons and 55 episodes, it explored African American tradition, race relations, and socio-political points all whereas packing in loads of enjoyable and humor.

Fans have been devastated when it ended its nine-year run in 2014 and, as TVOvermind put it, most likely “could have cried [if Riley wouldn’t make fun of them for it].” But luckily, The Boondocks is being rebooted. Here’s what to know concerning the present and the revival.

Regina King and John Witherspoon
Regina King and John Witherspoon | Amy Tierney/WireImage

A fast historical past of ‘The Boondocks’

What began as a comic book strip by McGruder become a present on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim in 2005. Academy Award-winning actress Regina King was forged within the roles of Huey and Riley whereas Friday actor John Witherspoon landed the job as Robert “Granddad” Freeman.

The present grew to become a nationwide phenomenon upon its launch, receiving widespread reward and constructive evaluations. While it did seem to expertise a dip in its fourth and ultimate season — which McGruder opted out of — its legacy has endured. The Boondocks has repeatedly been named among the finest animated collection ever and persistently attracts in viewers.

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The revival of ‘The Boondocks’

In June 2019, Variety reported {that a} reboot was within the works with the unique creator, McGruder. An government from Sony Pictures Animation advised the outlet that it’ll concentrate on “the battles of the Freeman family against the evil local government tyrant Uncle Ruckus, who rules fictional Woodcrest County Maryland, with an iron fist.”

A couple of months later, in September, it was introduced that HBO Max had ordered a two-season revival, which may have a complete of 24 episodes. Responding to the information in an announcement shared with TVLine, McGruder appeared overjoyed and excited to method the present by means of a contemporary lens.

“There’s a novel alternative to revisit the world of The Boondocks and do it over once more for today,” he stated. “It’s crazy how different the times we live in are now – both politically and culturally – more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There’s a lot to say and it should be fun.”

‘The Boondocks’ reboot has skilled at the very least one downside

Witherspoon, who had beforehand teased a reboot, died out of the blue from a coronary heart assault in October 2019. It’s unclear if he was truly connected to the venture previous to his dying. But if he was, showrunners will undoubtedly have a tough time making an attempt to determine the following steps.

Also, with social distancing orders in place as a result of coronavirus pandemic, it may very well be a problem to get the collection rolling. As of writing, showrunners haven’t shared whether or not the reboot has been affected by the pandemic. They additionally haven’t revealed any data associated to a potential airing schedule.

We should look ahead to them to talk out and share extra information. But within the meantime, followers can at all times rewatch the unique collection. According to TV Guide, will probably be on HBO Max after its May 27 launch.

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