Aaron McGruder
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Writer-cartoonist Aaron McGruder has signed a first-look development deal with Adult Swim, the network announced today.

The deal comes a month before the “Boondocks” creator’s live-action comedy “Black Jesus” premieres on Adult Swim. The series finds the religious figure living in present-day Compton, Calif., on a mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood.

“With ‘The Boondocks’ and the upcoming ‘Black Jesus’ series, we consider Aaron very instrumental in the success of Adult Swim and this deal is the continuation of a great partnership,” said Mike Lazzo, executive vice president and creative director of Adult Swim, in a statement.

McGruder’s first project as part of the overall deal will be a live-action adventure pilot under the working title “Hooligan Squad.”  Set in the near future, the pilot focuses on an American insurgency in Japanese-occupied San Francisco.  McGruder will executive produce and direct the episode along with his manager, LEG’s Norman Aladjem and R&G Production’s Steven Tzirlin executive producing.

“It’s a rare thing to have a network home. Even more rare is a home that wants to see you grow and expand as a creator,” said McGruder. “Adult Swim is headed to new horizons and I’m happy to be along for the ride.”

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