Production on MTV's upcoming Daria spin-off show Jodie is quickly moving forward as the animated series has found its leading lady. Created and written by Grace Nkenge Edwards (Insecure), the series takes places years after the events of its parent series, focusing primarily on Daria's good friend Jodie Abigail Landon as an adult. Originally voiced by Jessica Cydnee Jackson, the character will now be played by executive producer Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish). Other characters from the original series are expected to appear as well, although Tracy Grandstaff has yet to be confirmed to reprise the voice of Daria. Reportedly, Jodie is planned to be the first in a new series of {Daria] spin-offs as well.

Jodie will be the first adult animated sitcom to center on an African-American woman in almost two decades. The plot follows the titular character entering the workplace with her first tech job after college. In the same way Daria poked fun at teenage life in high school, Jodie will similarly satirize "workplace culture, Gen Z struggles, the artifice of social media and more." It will also explore serious social issues like privilege and gender empowerment, although it will be meant to retain that same trademark sense of humor exhibited by the series it's based on. Additionally, Tracee Ellis Ross herself revealed more details when speaking about her involvement in the revival.

"I am thrilled to bring this project to life with MTV, both as executive producer and by voicing Jodie's character. Being able to give voice to fresh, feminist and unexplored stories of young women excites me. Jodie will spin-off from the cult classic Daria, and with the brilliant, sweet and sarcastic black girl magic that is Jodie Landon, we will feature a diverse cast, comprised mainly of unapologetically smart and ambitious young female characters who are vulnerable and flawed and interesting and funny."

Jodie will actually be a spin-off of a spin-off, technically. The parent series Daria is in fact a spin-off of Mike Judge's animated series Beavis and Butt-head, which also aired on MTV. On that show, the Daria character debuted as a classmate of the titular duo. However, while her own show was set in the same universe, Beavis and Butt-head never appeared on Daria because the character had moved to another town before the new series began. The spin-off became highly successful in its own right, running for five seasons with a total of 70 episodes.

Daria ended its run on MTV in 2002, and the students of Lawndale High School haven't been seen on television since. However, Beavis and Butt-head did make its way back to the network for a revival season in 2011. While the new episodes premiered with strong ratings, numbers began to dwindle by the end of its run, with MTV ultimately deciding not to renew the show for any additional seasons. It remains to be seen if Jodie will meet the same fate, or if it will be able to appeal to the modern MTV audience more than its predecessor's predecessor.

As of right now, there's no word on when we can expect Jodie to premiere on MTV. The success of the upcoming spin-off will likely dictate the network's future plans for other Daria movies or series. Might we be seeing the start of a new DariaVerse? We'll have to wait and see. This information comes to us from Deadline.

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