News on Daria spinoff series Jodie appears to be an annual thing. Nearly two years after the project was announced and a year after it was announced that Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross was set to star and executive produce, the adult animated comedy series has found a home at Comedy Central. Created and written by Grace Nkenge Edwards (Insecure), Jodie will be paired with South Park as the network begins to ramp up its adult animated programming and looks to build off of South Park's success. The project marks the first MTV Studios series for Comedy Central since the two joined under the ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group overseen by Chris McCarthy. MTV Studio's Trevor Rose, Morgana Rosenberg, and Amy Doyle will executive produce.
Centered around fan-favorite and Daria's good friend Jodie Landon, the MTV Studios' series will follow the character as she comes into her own and enters the workplace in her first post-college job in tech, with faces old and new showing up when she least expects it. What Daria did for showing how inane high school was for Gen X, Jodie will do for exploring the trials and tribulations of a first job for a new generation. The series will satirize workplace culture, Gen Z struggles, the artifice of social media, and more. With themes of empowerment along gender and racial lines, explorations of privilege, and a wicked sense of humor, Jodie will shine a light on the personal and professional issues young Black women face today.
Running for five seasons (1997-2002), Daria (both the series and lead Daria Morgendorffer) was a spinoff from MTV's Beavis and Butthead based on the character's huge popularity – her wry wit and wisdom making her a feminist icon for her takes on issues like race, class, and gender. Credited with being a role model and positive influence on a generation of African American females, Jodie Landon is the first African American female character to be the focus of an animated series in nearly twenty years.