Daria Reboot Series Joins New Slate at MTV

A reboot series of the beloved 1990s animated hit, Daria, will help launch MTV’s new in-house studio for original content.

Daria is on the verge of a long-awaited return!

MTV’s endeavor to unleash an immense array of original content will manifest with the launch of its new MTV Studios shingle, through which the network will concentrate its brand of programming, reports Deadline. The most notable amongst the new content, is the animated comedy, Daria & Jodie, a “reimagining” of the classic 1990s animated series.

The upcoming new iteration of Daria, titled Daria & Jodie, will be written by Grace Edwards, who’s known from work on Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt, Loosely Exactly Nicole and Inside Amy Schumer. While the update will tap into the spirit of the original series, showcasing the state of the world through the uniquely acerbic lens of the main character, its status as a “reimagining” or, for our purposes, reboot, will be evident in its main dynamic. According to the official description:

“The iconic animated franchise is reinvented through the eyes of heroine Daria Morgendorffer and one of her closest friends Jodie Landon. These two smart young women take on the world, with their signature satirical voice while deconstructing popular culture, social classes, gender and race.”

The classic Daria, which ran from 1997 to 2002, centered on the eponymous protagonist, Daria Morgendorffer, a spectacled, smart, yet sarcastically caustic, high-school student, and her best friend, an artist, named Jane Lane. Together, the two served as a witty contrast to the cliques and intruding idiosyncrasies of high-school life, which made the series a breath of fresh air for those who eschewed such social pressures. Ironically, the Daria character, widely considered a modern feminist archetype, was originally conceived in Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head, on which she served as a foil for the titular duo’s sophomoric hijinks before being spun-off into her solo series.  

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News of the Daria reboot series arrives shortly after another one of the upcoming new offerings, the Aeon Flux live-action reboot series, was revealed. Indeed, those two revivals aren’t the only rose-colored memories that MTV Studios will look to evoke. The upcoming slate also contains another familiar name with the relaunch (but not complete reboot,) of its bellwether reality series The Real World. Also set for the MTV programming drive are new shows such as fact-based story chronicle MTV’s Straight Up Ghosted and a new docu series (à la The Hills,), called The Valley, along with another season of its Emmy-winning makeover series, Made.

Interestingly (and perhaps telling of MTV’s new direction), Daria & Jodie, Aeon Flux and The Real World are reportedly being pitched as streaming shows, potentially for platforms like Netflix, Hulu and Apple. Here’s a look at the new studio’s opening sequence, which evokes the iconic guitar riff and astronaut aesthetic of MTV’s top-of-the-hour bumpers, which were aired during its early-1980s infancy as a cable platform for the then-burgeoning medium of music videos.

We’ll keep you updated on Daria & Jodie as things develop!