Adult Swim just announced that it’s given the greenlight to a new scripted, half-hour live-action comedy to arrive later this year. Not to be confused with “Black Nativity,” “Black Jesus” is about exactly what the title suggests — Jesus, played by Gerald “Slink” Johnson, is out to spread love and kindness in present-day Compton, CA, supported by a small band of loyal locals.
Aaron McGruder (“The Boondocks,” “Red Tails”) created the series and will serve as executive producer alongside director Mike Clattenburg (“Trailer Park Boys”). The series also stars Charlie Murphy (“Are We There Yet”), Corey Holcomb (“The Cleveland Show”) and John Witherspoon (“The Boondocks”). Adult Swim specializes in animated and live-action series for young adults. Production has already begun on the series in Los Angeles.
“The Boondocks,” the animated series based on McGruder’s comic strip of the same name, will return for a fourth season on Adult Swim on April 21.