USA Network has grabbed basic-cable dibs on the big-screen hit The Game Plan, to air in October 2009.... Lifetime has picked up rerun rights to ABC's Wife Swap, to start unspooling October '08.... Aaron McGruder has inked a deal with the comedy site Super Deluxe to create The Super Rumble Mixshow, a live-action series chockablock with the Boondocks creator's racially charged humor.... WE TV on Jan. 4 premieres Ugliest House on the Block, a six-episode home makeover series... about my neighbor? Seriously, those blue shingles are ghastly.... PETA invites you to give the Olsen twins a shake. (Fun stuff, frankly.)
Jericho: The First Season arrives on DVD Oct. 2 in a six-disc, 22-episode set. My copy came packed with (real, not styrofoam) peanuts; yours, probably not.... Tuesday's premiere of CBS' Cane will be fully sponsored by Chevrolet and thus feature limited commercial breaks.... Season 2 of Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks premieres on Adult Swim Oct. 8 at 11:30 pm/ET.... Charles Durning will receive the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award when the 14th Annual SAG Awards are presented on Jan. 27, 2008.... From Oct. 2 to Nov. 7, Starbucks will give away a total of 50 million free "Song of the Day" downloads, starting with Bob Dylan's "Joker Man," to promote a new iTunes wireless service.
Aaron McGruder has announced that he and thus his controversial comic strip, The Boondocks, are taking a six-month vacation starting in March.... Nia Long, Amber Valletta and Kate Nelligan have joined the supernatural thriller Premonition, about a housewife (Sandra Bullock) whose hubby pops up alive the day after dying in a car crash.... Michael Stipe and Rufus Wainwright are among the recording artists who will join activist Cindy Sheehan in Bring 'Em Home Now, a concert to be held March 20 at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom.
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Bold even by late-night standards, The Boondocks is an animated adaptation of the satiric newspaper comic strip. Set to join Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block on Oct. 2, The Boondocks follows the adventures of Huey and Riley, brothers aged 10 and 8, as they move from Chicago's South Side to their grandfather's home in suburbia. TV Guide spoke with creator and executive producer Aaron McGruder, who calls the series "an R-rated black comedy in an anime style." That it includes ample usage of the N-word pretty much guarantees it will catch considerable flak this fall.
TV Guide: Who are your targets in the early shows?
Aaron McGruder: We do a parody of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Pimp My Ride comes to the house. But we really don't target individuals. I can make fun of people in print because nob