The upcoming Daria spin-off series has found its home, as Comedy Central has reportedly picked up the new animated series Jodie. News of the MTV Studios-produced sequel series was first announced last year, but it wasn't clear if the show would be airing on MTV or on another network or streaming service. Because MTV has placed more of a focus on reality television over animated comedy shows in recent years, perhaps it will fit in a bit better at Comedy Central, where it will reportedly be paired alongside South Park.
A previously-released statement from MTV Studios also sheds some light on the themes that Jodie will explore. "What Daria did for showing how inane high school was for Gen X, Jodie will do for exploring the trials and tribulations of a first job for a new generation," the statement reads. "The series will satirize workplace culture, Gen Z struggles, the artifice of social media and more. With themes of empowerment along gender and racial lines, explorations of privilege, and a wicked sense of humor, Jodie will shine a light on the personal and professional issues young Black women face today."
Jodie follows an older version of Daria Morgendorffer's old friend Jodie Landon, now voiced by executive producer Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish), picking up with Jodie "graduating from college and entering a complicated world." The younger Jodie was previously voiced by Jessica Cydnee Jackson in the original series, alongside Tracy Grandstaff as the titular Daria, reprising the role of the monotone-speaking teenager from when she first voiced Daria on Beavis and Butt-head. It's not yet clear if Daria will also be appearing on Jodie or if Grandstaff would once again voice the role, but it's worth noting that the planned series was originally announced as Daria & Jodie before its name was later shortened.
Created by Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn, Daria originally ran on MTV for five seasons between 1997 and 2002. Although it was conceived as a Beavis and Butt-head spin-off, those characters do not appear on Daria as the series picks up with Daria now living in the town of Lawndale. The series focuses on her outlook on the world along with her relationships with her immediate family members, along with friends from school like Jane Lane, Brittany Taylor, and, of course, Jodie Landon. Although the series is drastically different in tone compared to its parent series, it was just as entertaining and similarly developed a pretty large cult following of its own.
Jodie is created and written by Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt writer Grace Edwards, and the project is reportedly the first of multiple planned Daria spin-offs in the works at MTV Studios. There's not yet any word on which other characters from the classic animated sitcom might be getting their own shows next, and it seems likely the studio will see how things go with Jodie before rushing into production on other potential projects. Might I suggest calling Wendy Hoopes to see if she's available for Jane Lane: The Series?
This news comes to us from Deadline.