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While promoting her upcoming comedy 'Our Family Wedding,' actress Regina King couldn't contain her excitement for the return of the hit Cartoon Network series 'The Boondocks.'

She also talked about her frustration too.

After a more than two-year hiatus, post-production is underway for the third season of the beloved show, which should be airing in coming months.

Although the Cartoon Network has yet to send out an official announcement confirming a premiere date for the new season, 'Bonndocks' creator Aaron McGruder said via his social networking site that it should air March 28. The news coincides with his previous Twitter message on Christmas Day, in which he wrote, "Finally got an airdate for Season 3. Not sure if I'm allowed to put it out yet, so I'll just say you got about three months."

King, who voices two of the show's lead characters, brothers Huey and Riley Freeman, has been a little peeved about how the show's producers are handling the long-awaited return.

"I am so happy that it is coming back," King told BV Newswire, but added, "I wish there was some Web site that people could send [a message] to Sony [Television Entertainment] ... and say 'What are you doing?'" she charged.

"'Boondocks could be so bigger than what it is," the former '227' actress furthered. "If I had the money to buy 'The Boondocks' off Sony, I would because all of you would be wearing 'Boondocks' T-shirts and there would be Huey and Riley dolls. I would capitalize off of that, and I would be a very rich woman."

King cited Sony's lack of experience with animation as a reason for the show's delay and its failure to capitalize on 'Boondocks' merchandise.

The 38-year-old 'Ray' actress says her work on the show, based on McGruder's popular comic strip of the same name, is her most popular to date.

"Actually more than any other project that I have done, that's the one that I get asked about the most," King revealed. "For a show to take two and half year hiatuses and people still want it to come back, that's big," she said.

The NAACP Image Award winner, who currently appears on TNT's 'Southland,' says this season won't disappoint with talked-about topics. It will continue to follow the footsteps of previous controversial episodes such as 'The Trial of R.Kelly,' 'Let's Nab Oprah' and 'Return of the King.'

"We are coming for some people, ya know, in true 'Boondocks' fashion," King revealed.

The divorced mother of a 14-year-old son said that she is happy with how teenagers and young adults respond to the show and its satirical subject matters.

"[With[ the kids that are 16 through 25, they see the ridiculousness in things that are in videos when we make a parody out of it. ... They get it for exactly what it is, and I think it calls them on a lot of the stupid things that they embrace."

"They have never seen it in a caricature way," she added. "[When the kids] are seeing it in a video, it's cool, but when you see it silly in a cartoon, it's like, 'Yeah, Soulja Boy isn't that dope,' she laughed.

"No diss to him, but we have in the new episodes this song where they guy is [rapping] 'Crank That Artichoke' because some of the hooks are so ridiculous. Of course, Aaron is going to go in and I'm excited about it."

Before new episodes of 'The Boondocks' see the light of day, King will star in 'Our Family,' opposite Forest Whitaker, America Ferrara and Lance Gross. Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, the movie hits theaters on March 12.




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