This news is either going to make you grab your Lawndale High pom-poms and cheer, or get sick, or give an apathetic Daria-like shrug. Whatever your reaction, all you really need to know is that MTV’s Daria is coming back.
Variety reports that this new Daria development is happening on the heels of MTV’s decision to launch a new production studio, MTV Studios. MTV Studios plans on putting out new shows and reviving old classics, like Daria, Aeon Flux, and The Real World. MTV released a statement, saying they’re “opening up this vault beyond our own platforms to reimagine the franchises with new partners.”
This new Daria will be written by Grace Edwards, who worked on Inside Amy Schumer and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. While MTV’s statement makes it sound like Daria is set for a “reimagining,” it’s more of a reinvention. They’re calling it Daria & Jodie.
“The iconic animated franchise is reinvented through the eyes of heroine Daria Morgendorffer and one of her closest friends Jodie Landon. These two smart young women take on the world, with their signature satirical voice while deconstructing popular culture, social classes, gender and race.”
The original Daria ran from 1997 to 2002, and wrapped up with a TV movie, Is It Fall Yet?. Daria made sense back then, because the 90s were all about the jocks n’ cheerleaders high school experience. But 2018 is a different time. I don’t know what would bother Daria Morgendorffer more: the idea of MTV shamelessly pulling Daria back from the dead, or that what was once seen as a weird, unpopular outsider is now basically the average cool teenage Tumblr user.