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MTV Studios Announces Daria Spinoff 'Jodie,' Featuring Black-ish Star

Daria & Jodie

Last year, it was revealed that MTV Studios was looking to reboot the beloved animated series, Daria. Now, it appears the network is ready to turn the series into a new franchise, as a Daria spinoff titled Jodie has been announced by MTV.

While Daria only ran for five years on the network, the animated series has left its mark on pop-culture. In turn, it wasn't entirely surprising that MTV opted to revive the franchise late last year. At the time, reports stated that the series would be titled Daria and Jodie. Now, it appears the project will simply titled Jodie, and it has tapped its first star.

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Actress Tracee Ellis Ross, known for her role in ABC's Black-ish, has signed on to voice the titular character, as well as executive produce the series, which which she describes as being "fresh and feminist" (in much the same way Daria was during its heyday.)

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"Being able to give voice to fresh, feminist and unexplored stories of young women excites me," said Ross. "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."

"As a very cool bonus, Jodie will be the first adult animated show in almost 20 years that will star a black woman," she continued. "It will be a smart, funny workplace comedy full of commentary about everything from gentrification to sex to tech to call-out culture."

News that MTV was looking to revive Daria -- along with its predecessor, Beavis and Butt-Head (which had already been briefly revived back in 2011) -- first surfaced back in 2016. However, it wasn't until last year that movement actually began to happen as the network hired writer Grace Edwards (Inside Amy Schumer) to pen Daria and Jodie. Edwards is still involved in the project, with is now simply titled Jodie, and she will serve as both writer and creator on the series.

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The series is said to follow Jodie as she comes into her own and enters the workplace in her first post-college job in tech. While it remains to be seen whether or not Daria will make an appearance, the series is said to include characters from Lawndale High in some capacity. Jodie, much like Daria, will not shy away from important topics such as workplace culture, Gen Z struggles, themes of empowerment across gender and racial lines and explorations of privilege.

A release date for Jodie has not yet been set.

(via The Hollywood Reporter.)

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