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‘The Boondocks’ Set to Return Early Next Year

Series creator Aaron McGruder says his animated comedy will hit the air within the next three months

The long-delayed third season of animated comedy "The Boondocks" is finally expected to hit the small screen next year.

Over the summer, series creator Aaron McGruder announced on his MySpace page that the Sony Pictures TV-produced show had been ordered for a new season of episodes. At the time, he said wasn’t sure exactly when the episodes would air.

Then in August, a short Adult Swim promo spot for the show began appearing on YouTube. The ad promised new episodes in early 2010. However, it’s unclear if the promo actually ever aired on Adult Swim or was simply the product of an overeager "Boondocks."

Now McGruder has dropped another hint about the timing of the show’s return.

"Finally got an airdate for Season 3," the writer said via Twitter last week. "Not sure if I’m allowed to put it out yet, so I’ll just say you got about three months."

We’ve emailed a rep for AdultSwim and will update with details. Here’s the promo spot that posted on YouTube last August.