Adult Swim has ordered a half-hour live-action series called “Black Jesus.” The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports that the show comes from “The Boondocks” creator Aaron McGruder.
The series “appears to be inviting controversy,” the report notes, given that the premise involves Jesus living in modern-day Compton, a suburb of Los Angeles that’s plagued by a high crime rate. Jesus continues his mission of spreading love and understanding with a small group of followers, the story says.
“Although that’s all the information Adult Swim provided about the series, one suspects it’ll have considerably more edge than the standard Trinity Broadcasting Network fare,” the story notes.
Gerald “Slink” Johnson, who provided voice work for “Grand Theft Auto V,” will portray Black Jesus. The series is set to debut later this year in the Adult Swim programming block on the Cartoon Network.