MTV is launching its own studio and at the top of its agenda is bringing back classic shows. The launch follows up on promising news from earlier this month when word circulated about the reboot of MTV's classic animated series Aeon Flux as a live-action series. Now it is doubling down by bringing back another cartoon with one definitive difference: it will remain animated. MTV Studios is bringing Daria back in the form of a revival of the animated series that will feature Daria and original character Jodie. Accordingly, the upcoming series will be entitled Daria & Jodie. Here is what you need to know.
The new show will feature Daria Morgendorffer and her close friend Jodie Landon. Both characters were featured on the original series, which saw the friends navigate high school. The reboot will feature both young women lending their voices to commentary aimed at deconstructing topics ranging from pop culture, social class, gender, and race.
The show will be written by Grace Edwards, whose credits include the comedies Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Inside Amy Schumer. The revival will mark the return of the characters, last seen in Daria-related content in 2002. While it is hard to believe, the show itself has been off the air for sixteen years. Daria ran for five seasons that aired from 1997 to 2001, with a film and two specials airing after it ended its original run on MTV. Interestingly, Daria and Aeon Flux are not the only classic shows coming back. The Real World is also making a comeback.
Given that Aeon Flux, Daria & Jodie, and The Real World are in the works for MTV Studios rather than MTV itself, the new series are being developed for SVOD (streaming video on demand) for showcase on a non-MTV platform. That means they could be coming to a streamer near you. As of now, Daria & Jodie, Aeon Flux, and The Real World are being shopped around to streamers, including Netflix, Hulu, and Apple, according to Deadline. For whatever reason, Amazon Prime is not among those mentioned.
Potential streamers should be interested in not only seizing upon fans' nostalgia for the original series but the potential to present the show to new viewers who may not have watched the original. It will be interesting to see which of the streaming services ends up picking up the show. With Netflix streaming Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Grace Edwards' being Daria & Jodie's writer, it is easy to imagine the animated series finding a home there. Time will tell though.
No premiere date has been announced for Daria & Jodie. For new upcoming and returning television shows you can watch while you wait for the premiere of Daria & Jodie and other returning series, check out CinemaBlend's guide to TV's summer premieres.