Daria & Jodie

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Daria & Jodie was a proposed revival of the Daria TV series in 2018, that was shopped around to streaming services by MTV. The revival was described as a "re-imagining" of the series which would center around the title characters Daria Morgendorffer and Jodie Landon.

The new series was first disclosed in an article from the AV Club website written on June 21, 2018. A further article from C21Media.Net indicated that the title was a working title. It was announced as a trio of productions from MTV Studios, which included revivals of Aeon Flux and The Real World.

The creator/helm of the new series was announced as Grace Nkenge Edwards, a writer's assistant and story editor for such shows as Ugly Americans, Broad City, The Unsinkable Kimmy Schmidt and Inside Amy Schumer who previously taught screenwriting at Columbia University. (Twitter: @gracyact)

The MTV press release stated that 'Daria & Jodie' would be a 'reinvention' as opposed to the term 'reboot'. From the release:

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.

According to MTV Network president Chris McCarthy, "The story [Grace Edwards] wants to tell of Daria is different, it's about Daria and Jodie and two close friends taking on the world today and what's happening in our culture at large....she is a huge fan of Daria... What made Daria pop for us is because we love the franchise and Grace Edwards has a point of view and angle she wants to tell."

McCarthy stated that a streaming series more flexibility and allowed deeper storytelling than a traditional cable network would have allowed.

On 13th June 2019, a press release revealed that the planned 'reinvention' had been replaced with a sequel show, Jodie, with the eponymous Jodie as the lead.

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Viacom's Post rises at MTV - Accessed August 13, 2018. Variety: Tracee Ellis Ross to Star in, Executive Produce ‘Daria’ Spinoff Series at MTV (13th June 2019]