Last month, anyone flirting under an assumed name and identity on Facebook with a hot stranger from six states over let out a huge sigh of relief. Because Nev Schulman, the fakery catcher from Catfish: The TV Show, had been put in a time-out by MTV. Production on the seventh season of Catfish immediately stopped after Ayissha Morgan, a woman who appeared on the fourth season of the show, filmed two YouTube videos accusing Nev of harassment and misconduct during filming. Usually it’s Nev and his hot salt n’ pepper helper Max Joseph who get to the bottom of drama, but this time it’s MTV. And they recently cleared Nev of any wrongdoing.
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.
Nev Schulman (the one to the left of hot carpet sample Max Joseph) has recently found himself without a reason to film messy catfishing encounters. According to the Daily Beast, MTV has suspended production on Catfish: The TV Show so they can investigate allegations of sexual misconduct that have been brought against Nev.
Back in August, I wrote about the mystic beauty of Destin, Florida. Some have the Hamptons, some have Palm Springs, but those of us who grew up in the South…we had big city dreams, a taxidermied pet or three, and the Redneck Riviera. Now it looks like MTV is ready to shine a light on this cathedral of crawfish stands, totally-illegal-but-fucking-awesome-BBQ stands in the Walmart parking lot, and nightly brawls down at the waterfront saloon. Continue reading
And, no, it’s not from all the keg stands! I was waiting for Girls Trip to start last weekend, and a commercial for something called Siesta Key came on. Throw in a Hilary Duff track and me in peculiarly late-stage braces, and it would have been like being back in high school watching Laguna Beach. Only, these kids seem even more insufferable than the Laguna crew.
The nominees for the 2016 MTV VMAs were announced earlier today. The bad news for Taylor Swift is that she got zero nominations. The good news for Taylor Swift is that two people she’s currently feuding with got nominations, which means her name will automatically get dragged into just about every conversation about the MTV VMAs on the internet today. Congratulations, Taylor!