Aaron McGruder�s The Boondocks To Move In to Cartoon Network�s Adult Swim in October
Regina King to Voice �Huey Freeman,� �Riley Freeman�; and John Witherspoon Signs on as �Granddad�
Based on Aaron McGruder�s award-winning and politically charged comic strip of the same name, The Boondocks will premiere in October 2005, on Adult Swim, Cartoon Network�s late-night block of animation for adults. Regina King (Miss Congeniality 2, Ray) and John Witherspoon (Friday After Next) are among the actors who have signed on to voice characters on the highly anticipated animated television comedy. King will do double-duty as the voices of brothers �Huey Freeman� and �Riley Freeman� � the two characters central to the strip and series � while Witherspoon will be voicing �Granddad,� the boys� cantankerous grandfather.
In The Boondocks, when Robert �Granddad� Freeman becomes legal guardian of his rambunctious grandkids, he moves from the south side of Chicago to the quiet and safety of �The Boondocks� (in this case, suburban Woodcrest), hoping that he can ignore them altogether and enjoy the fourth quarter of his life in peace. But Huey, a 10-year-old left wing revolutionary, is determined not to enjoy the affluence of suburbia. This attitude is seconded by his 8-year-old brother, Riley, a proud product of contemporary rap culture who lives only to spread chaos and mayhem. Although they torture each other and provoke the neighborhood, they are no match for Granddad, who is eccentric even by �crazy-ass-old-black-man� standards.
Regina King, who is starring in Miss Congeniality 2 opposite Sandra Bullock (which opens nationwide today), has also appeared in the Oscar-nominated film Ray, opposite Jamie Foxx; Cinderella Story, opposite Hilary Duff; and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, opposite Reese Witherspoon. John Witherspoon has earned the reputation of playing one of America�s funniest fathers in films such as Friday, Friday After Next and Boomerang. His television credits include The Tracy Morgan Show and The Wayans Brothers. Cedric Yarbrough (Reno 911), Gary Anthony Williams (Malcolm in the Middle), Gabby Soleil (Johnson Family Vacation) and Jill Talley (The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie) are also among the show�s principal cast.
Meanwhile, hip-hop artist turned actor Mos Def (The Italian Job), Ed Asner (Elf) and Charlie Murphy (Chappelle�s Show) are among the eclectic mix of actors who have been enlisted to voice guest characters on the show.
Aaron McGruder serves as creator and executive producer of The Boondocks. The series is produced by Rebel Base and Hudlin Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television. Fifteen episodes are in production.
Cartoon Network launched Adult Swim in September 2001. Now airing Saturday-Thursday from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (ET, PT), with a replay from 2-5 a.m. (ET, PT), Adult Swim is #1 on all of ad-supported basic cable in its time slot with its primary demographics, men 18-24 and men 18-34. Adult Swim�s programming includes animated comedy and anim� programming, including favorites like Family Guy and Futurama; original comedy hits Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sealab 2021 and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law; and action-adventure series InuYasha, Witch Hunter Robin and Cowboy Bebop.
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Adult Swim (AdultSwim.com), launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.�s network dedicated to edgy animated comedy and action series, both original and acquired, airing Saturday-Thursday from 11 p.m-6 a.m. (ET, PT). Adult Swim shares channel space with Cartoon Network, home to the best in original, classic and acquired programming for children and families, and is seen in 87.6 million U.S. homes.
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