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Comedy Central Is Picking Up Jodie, a Daria Spinoff Series

Jodie and Daria.
Jodie and Daria.
Illustration: MTV

The cynical, wry world of Daria is continuing on television, though not on MTV.

As reported by Deadline, the spinoff series Jodie, created and written by Grace Edwards (Insecure, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), has been acquired by Comedy Central as part of a shift by the network to build a bigger repertoire of animated adult comedies. While still created by MTV Studios, one of several Daria related shows conceived by the outfit, it will air on Comedy Central, likely in a block with South Park. Both Comedy Central and MTV are owned by ViacamCBS Entertainment.

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Jode will star Jodie Landon, a friend of Daria’s from the original series, as she graduates college and enters the lousy world of adults. Focusing on her particular experiences as a Black woman, the show will feature satire of all the things you’d expect from a coming-of-age comedy in the 2020s: workplace culture, social media, probably the coronavirus, etc.

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Jodie will be voiced in the animated series by Tracee Ellis Ross, who is best known for her role on Black-ish. No word yet on when the show will air.


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DISCUSSION

If this is real:

I hope that this isn’t simply corporate bandwagon-ing on to BLM.

If I were the show creator that would be the easiest way to sell it to white TV executives who obsess over fads in content programming. Like Noelle Stevenson with the recent She-ra iteration (and even original Star Trek) the real message is what you don’t bother trying to explain to the executives.

A successful young adult Jodie Landon show is a nearly scientifically perfect vehicle for showcasing white privilege and discrimination in the professional white collar work environment. A work environment that thinks that they are so far above it because they don’t fly hate flags or watch Nascar.

Jodie Landon is cartoonishly perfect: highly intelligent, highly motivated, highly moral and ethical, grew up rich and is quite attractive. She ticks off all of the “meritocracy boxes” about all that is supposed to matter ... except that she is black. Beyond never being part of the “boys club” Jodie Landon would directly and unflinchingly shine the harsh light of reality upon the structures of white privilege that white people remain willfully blind to.