Comedy Central Picks Up "Daria" Spinoff Series "Jodie" As Part Of Push In Adult Animation

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Jun 20, 2020, 8:58:48 AM6/20/20
Comedy Central has nabbed animated series Jodie, a spinoff of MTV’s iconic
Daria, with Tracee Ellis Ross voicing the main character and executive
producing. The series, from creator and head writer Grace Edwards and MTV
Studios, will be paired with Comedy Central’s flagship series, South Park.

This is the first major move in a programming shift at Comedy Central focused
on ramping up adult animated content and building an original animated slate
around South Park. The major programming pivot already was in the planning
stages when Comedy Central in late April laid off the majority of its senior
programming team.

Jodie also marks the first MTV Studios series for Comedy Central as the brads
are forging closer ties now that they are part of the same ViacomCBS
Entertainment & Youth Group overseen by Chris McCarthy. It was one of the
projects on the inaugural slate of MTV Studios when it launched in 2018 has
been envisioned as one of several Daria spinoffs.

The new series is based on Jodie Landon, Daria’s friend at the fictional
Lawndale High. Jodie picks up with her character graduating from college and
entering a complicated world.

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 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.

Daria ran for five seasons from 1997 to 2002 and began as a spin-off of the
Beavis and Butthead” franchise. Through its ensemble cast, Daria addressed
key issues on the show – race, gender, class and identity – all through the
lens of the wry wisdom of its main character, who was credited by cultural
critics as a favorite fictional feminist that shaped a generation of women.

Edwards previously served as writer/co-producer for the acclaimed HBO series
Insecure. Additional credits include multiple seasons onUnbreakable Kimmy
Schmidt and Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer.

Best known for her role as Rainbow Johnson on ABC’s praised comedy series
black-ish, Ellis Ross won a Golden Globe and five NAACP Image Awards for her
work on the show.

Democrats and the liberal media hate President Trump more than they
love this country.

Jim F.

Sep 24, 2021, 8:38:13 PM9/24/21
OK, it's a year later. Any sign that this show is actually coming out?

Jim F.


Sep 24, 2021, 11:08:33 PM9/24/21
>OK, it's a year later. Any sign that this show is actually coming out?

I haven't heard anything, but that might be a good thing.

Trump won.


Oct 8, 2021, 4:36:08 PM10/8/21
Hope not. Would make as much sense as that new Matrix reboot.
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