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‘The Boondocks’ Reboot Is In The Works With Original Creator Aaron McGruder On Board

The Freemans are coming back! Sony Pictures Animation announced that they are bringing back the early-2000s classic, The Boondocks. The animated series was written and drawn by Aaron McGruder, premiered on Adult Swim back in 2005 and aired its final episode in 2014 after four seasons.

Here is what we know about The Boondocks reboot so far:

– It will be “a complete re-imagining for the modern era”. Per Sony Picture's statement, “[The reboot] chronicles the adventures of the Freeman family against the evil local government tyrant Uncle Ruckus, who rules fictional Woodcrest County, Maryland with an iron fist.” 

– The show’s original creator Aaron McGruder is on board

– The reboot will premiere in 2020

– It is unknown if the entire original voice cast will reprise their roles. It's unclear if Regina King, who voiced Huey and Riley Freeman, will return considering her recent Oscars win and multi-year first look deal with Netflix

– John Witherspoon hinted that he would reprise the role of Grandad in a recent interview with Joe Rogan

 

Back in February, radio host Charlamagne Tha God gave us a glimpse of what the re-imagined series would look like (with McGruder's blessing) via his Instagram page. Check out the cartoon strips he shared below.

 

 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

Merry Black History Month!!! #BoondocksBack

A post shared by LENARD (@cthagod) on Feb 5, 2019 at 8:22am PST

 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

Robert Mueller vs. Uncle Ruckus #BoondocksBack

A post shared by LENARD (@cthagod) on Feb 5, 2019 at 8:24am PST

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

Granddad on the #MuteRKellywave #BoondocksBack

A post shared by LENARD (@cthagod) on Feb 5, 2019 at 8:47am PST

 

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‘P-Valley’: Starz New Original Series Proudly Features the Work of All-Women Directors

Starz has released the official trailer and key art for its upcoming original drama series P-Valley.

Based on Katori Hall‘s play Pussy Valley, the hour-long drama tells the story of a small strip club in the South and all the different characters who come through its doors.

The cast of P-Valley includes Brandee Evans (The Bobby Brown Story), Nicco Annan (This is Us), Shannon Thornton (Power), Elarica Johnson (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Skyler Joy (Ma), J. Alphonse Nicholson (Just Mercy), Parker Sawyers (Southside With You), Harriett D. Foy (Elementary), Tyler Lepley (The Haves and the Have Nots), and Dan J. Johnson (Underemployed).

According to a statement by Starz, the series features the work of a group of women directors, including award-winning music video director Karena Evans (Drake: Nice for What, SZA: Garden), who directed the premiere episode, Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), Millicent Shelton (30 Rock), Tamra Davis (Single Ladies), Geeta V. Patel (Superstore), Tasha Smith (Black Lightning), Sydney Freeland (Grey’s Anatomy) and Barbara Brown (Scream Queens).

P-Valley premieres at 9:00 PM ET/PT on Sunday, July 12th. Watch the trailer below.

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‘Respect’: New Trailer Released During This Year’s Virtual BET Awards

The Liesl Tommy-directed biopic follows Aretha Franklin’s life (played by Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson) from singing in her father’s church to becoming one of the most legendary musicians of all time.

The cast also includes Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Marc Maron, Tate Donovan, Tituss Burgess, and newcomer Sky Dakota Turner.

Watch the newly released trailer below

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Comedy Central Picks Up ‘Daria’ Spin-Off Series ‘Jodie’ Starring Tracee Ellis Ross

In a recent announcement, it was confirmed that Comedy Central will house Jodie, a Daria spin-off series starring Tracee Ellis Ross.

Ross has signed on to voice the titular character and to also executive produce. The show is penned by the original writer Grace Nkenge Edwards.

Jodie is one of the key characters in Daria, an animated spinoff of Beavis and Butthead, that had a 5-year run on MTV (1997-2002). Originally voiced by Jessica Cydnee Jackson, she represented one of the strongest female voices on Daria that shaped a generation of feminist women.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, the spin-off series “will follow Jodie as she comes into her own and enters the workplace in her first post-college job in tech. Other former students from Daria‘s Lawndale High will also appear. Jodie will satirize workplace culture, Gen Z struggles, themes of empowerment across gender and racial lines, and explorations of privilege.”

The premiere date for Jodie is yet to be revealed. Stay tuned!

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