Monday, April 21, 2014

TV Tonight: Archer (Vice), The Boondocks

Posted By on April 21, 2014, 4:00 PM

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What's new on the tube tonight: 

Archer (FX) Season Finale: The rebooted Archer Vice season (don't worry, Archer will be "de-booted" next year) ends on a conventional sitcom note: a baby arrival, albeit surrounded by guns, cocaine and Christian Slater. ---Besides Lana's li'l bastard, this season of Archer also gave birth to the oddly viable country-music career of Cherlene and the inevitable return of "Phrasing." Best animated series on TV. And on the other end of the spectrum ...

The Boondocks (Adult Swim) Season Premiere: According to Adult Swim, “This season was produced without the involvement of [creator/executive producer] Aaron McGruder, when a mutually agreeable production schedule could not be determined.” Meaning: Adult Swim wanted the fourth and final (and, wild guess here, contracted?) season of The Boondocks now, and McGruder works on his own schedule. Since the last new episode aired in 2010, draw your own conclusions. Even with McGruder, The Boondocks has been frustratingly uneven; searingly hilarious and ruthless about black culture one episode, flat and lazy the next—maybe his absence won’t make a difference. Besides, he’s on to his next project now, Black Jesus, which he’s producing for … Adult Swim? So no one’s learned anything from all of this?

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