Fans of MTV’s Daria rejoiced at last year’s announcement of the decision to reboot the iconic animated series that focuses on the sarcastic, enthusiasm challenged teenager of the same name.
According to Variety, MTV announced on June 13 that Tracee Ellis Ross will Executive Produce and voice Daria’s friend, Jodie Landon in a new spinoff. Joining the show will be Head Writer Grace Nkenge Edwards, who has also written for Insecure.
The series, tentatively titled Jodie will focus on the adult life of the culturally aware, and achievement-driven Landon as a college graduate as she takes on her career in the technology field. In this new chapter, topics of workplace identity, race and tech-culture will be the focus of the series.
‘To have the sidekick character move to the forefront is a real metaphor for what is happening in our culture,’
says Ross in a press release. She also mentions that there may be cameos from Daria and other characters from Lawndale High.
MTV’s President Chris McCarthy expects Jodie to begin airing in early 2020. The show will be the first animated show starring an African American woman since BET’s Hey Monie, as well as the first spinoff in the Daria franchise with additional spinoffs and movies to be announced in time.
Daria aired on MTV from 1998 to 2002 for five seasons, which are all now streaming on Hulu.