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Daria Spinoff “Jodie” Still In Production, Now Headed To Comedy Central

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Approximately two years ago, MTV announced a new animated series called Daria And Jodie that was both a revival of the beloved 90s cartoon and a continuation. It would pick up where the series left off, with Ms. Morgendorffer and Ms. Landon as college graduates entering the working world. The setting would also be shifted to present day and would deal with modern social issues. Oddly, the original press release referred to Daria and Jodie as best friends, and made no mention of Jane Lane.

Approximately ONE year ago, MTV broke their silence on the Daria And Jodie project by confirming it was still in production, but that Daria had been dropped. The show was now just called Jodie and would….just follow Jodie, though we were assured other characters from the Daria series would be involved in some way. Tracee Ellis Ross of black-ish would executive produce, and voice the title character.

That brings us to today. Looks like it’s time for our one-year annual scrap of news from the Jodie project, and this is it: the show is moving to Comedy Central, because MTV is in a sorry state and no one watches it anymore. The series format has not changed from 2019 (though we’re sure the race issues that 2020 has pushed into public conversation will be factored in).

There is still no mention of a premiere date for Jodie, but according to Deadline Comedy Central is thinking of pairing it with South Park, which could mean a fall appearance (we can’t say for certain it will be THIS fall; there still isn’t even a screenshot of the thing). Viacom’s description of the series is the same one it posted last year:

Tracee Ellis Ross, the Emmy and Golden Globe-award winning actress, will voice and executive produce Jodie, the first in a series of spinoffs based on MTV’s iconic Daria franchise, MTV Studios has announced. The spinoff will be centered around fan favorite and Daria’s good friend Jodie Landon, an African American character from the original series credited with helping to shape a generation of women. Jodie will follow her as she comes into her own and enters the workplace in her first post-college job in tech. Other former students of Lawndale High will also appear.

What Daria did for exploring the inanity of high school, Jodie will do for exploring the trials and tribulations of a first job. Jodie will satirize workplace culture, Gen Z struggles, the artifice of social media and more. With themes of empowerment across gender and racial lines, explorations of privilege, and a wicked sense of humor, Jodie marks the first adult animated sitcom to center around an African American female lead in nearly two decades. At its heart, Jodie will shine a light on the personal and professional issues all young people face in today’s complex, socially conscious world.