Adult Swim Orders ‘Black Jesus’ Series from ‘Boondocks’ Creator

Aaron McGruder
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Jesus is alive and living in present-day Compton, Calif. — at least according to the premise of the new live-action Adult Swim show “Black Jesus.”

Created by Aaron McGruder (“The Boondocks,” “Red Tails”), the comedy stars newcomer Gerald “Slink” Johnson as the man on a mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small, but loyal group of downtrodden followers. The series also stars Charlie Murphy (“Are We There Yet?”), Corey Holcomb (“The Cleveland Show”), John Witherspoon (“The Boondocks”), Kali Hawk (“Couples Retreat”), Andra Fuller (“L.A. Complex”) and Antwon Tanner (“One Tree Hill”).

The Turner-owned network will premiere the series later this year.

McGruder will serve as executive producer through his 5 Mutts Productions, along with writer-director Mike Clattenberg (“Trailer Park Boys”) and LEG’s Norman Aladjem and John Bravakis.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported this deal.

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  1. Marketta All Natural Butler says:


  2. Liam Scanlan says:

    Since “The Boondocks” is a critically acclaimed cult hit, I get the feeling that “Black Jesus” will get similar reception, and that it will even become the best and most popular live-action show on Adult Swim.
    I also get the feeling that it, like “The Boondocks”, will cause controversy multiple times.

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