Tracee Ellis Ross will star in and executive produce the Daria spinoff, Jodie. It is one of multiple spinoffs of Daria, originally a Beavis and Butt-head spinoff in development at MTV Studios.
It was initially titled Daria and Jodie but has been redeveloped to focus solely on Jodie. Tracee Ellis Ross will voice Jodie.
The series, written by Grace Nkenge Edwards, will “follow Jodie as she comes into her own and enters the workplace in her first post-college job in tech. Other former students from Daria‘s Lawndale High will also appear. Jodie will satirize workplace culture, Gen Z struggles, themes of empowerment across gender and racial lines and explorations of privilege.”
“Being able to give voice to fresh, feminist and unexplored stories of young women excites me. Jodie will spin-off from the cult classic Daria, and with the brilliant, sweet and sarcastic black girl magic that is Jodie Landon, we will feature a diverse cast, comprised mainly of unapologetically smart and ambitious young female characters who are vulnerable and flawed and interesting and funny. As a very cool bonus, Jodie will be the first adult animated show in almost 20 years that will star a black woman. It will be a smart, funny workplace comedy full of commentary about everything from gentrification to sex to tech to call-out culture,” said Ross.
“Given the passion for these characters, there was only one person who could build upon the legacy to reimagine Jodie for a whole new generation, and that person is Tracee Ellis Ross. This marks another exciting step forward for MTV Studios as we build out a wide new slate based on the rich characters from the history in MTV Animation,” said MTV, VH1 and Logo president Chris McCarthy, who is over MTV Studios.
Ross, who stars in ABC’s black-ish will also produce the black-ish spinoff, mixed-ish.