Thursday, June 18, 2020

'Daria' Spinoff 'Jodie' Starring Tracee Ellis Ross Lands at Comedy Central

After being on the market for over a year, Comedy Central has officially given a series order to the original animated comedy series Jodie - a spinoff of Daria from MTV Studios. An episode count and premiere date window were not immediately announced.

The animated comedy follows Jodie Landon (Black-ish's Tracee Ellis Ross) - Daria's friend at the fictional Lawndale High - after she graduates from college and enters a complicated world. She will explore the trial and tribulations of a first job for a new generation while satirizing workplace culture, Gen Z struggles, the artifice of social media through themes of empowerment along gender and racial lines, explorations of privilege and personal and professional issues young Black women face today.

Grace Edwards (Insecure) developed the series and will serve as showrunner on the first season. She will executive produce with Ross. MTV Studios produces.

Daria originally ran for five seasons on MTV from 1997-2002. As part of MTV Studios' mission statement of rebooting intellectual property from its vault, the spinoff is expected to be the first in an expanding Daria universe, which in success would feature multiple TV series and films while honoring the history of MTV Animation.