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From non sequitur farces Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Childrens Hospital to satirical animated comedies Moral Orel and The Boondocks, Adult Swim has become a haven for experimental and controversial programming. Now, Cartoon Network’s late-night programming block is adding another controversial piece to its bizarre menagerie.
Adult Swim announced Monday that they are greenlighting Black Jesus, a new half-hour live-action series from Aaron McGruder, the acclaimed creator of the aforementioned Boondocks. The show finds Jesus living in present day Compton, CA, on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers.
Gerald “Slink” Johnson, who lends his voice to Lamar Davis in Grand Theft Auto 5, will play Black Jesus. Charlie Murphy (Are We There Yet), Corey Holcomb (The Cleveland Show) and John Witherspoon (The Boondocks) will also star.
Black Jesus existed previously as a series of Adult Swim shorts, though they appear to no longer be available online.
The series, which has already begun production in Los Angeles, will premiere later this year. No word yet on how many episodes have been ordered.