Beavis and Butt-Head
Ready for more Beavis and Butt-Head? Hope so, because MTV is bringing it back this fall. Series creator Mike Judge (the big brain also behind King of the Hill and the movie Office Space) and MTV President Van Toffler, a self-described B and B fanatic, spoke to reporters Friday at the fall TV previews about why it's coming back and how it'll be different.
Fans of the original series, fear not: Beavis and Butt-Head are the same emotionally stunted man-children you remember from their 1993-1997 run on MTV. In fact, it'll mostly seem like no time has passed at all. "I didn't want to do a big, conscious forcing of modern stuff on them, only when it makes sense," Judge says. Millennial nods will include one episode in which the pair sees Twilight and decides they want to "get chicks" by becoming supernatural creatures themselves. So they ask a homeless guy with hepatitis (who they think is a werewolf) to bite them. So yes, the critical-thinking skills are intact.
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The 1990s Beavis and Butt-Head, of course, relied heavily on the dumbass pair mocking MTV's slate of music videos -- the relative dearth of which these days posed an interesting problem for Judge. As a result, in the new version, B and B will make fun of other MTV programming, a solution that Toffler finds apropos. "I think MTV has been self-deprecating since its inception," he says. But won't Judge feel weird about biting the hand that feeds him? "I don't think so," he says. "I mean, look at what they have on!"
First up, the natural fit: Jersey Shore, a show on which Judge says he's hooked. "It really clicked [as a source of comedy]; it was just pay dirt," he says. They'll also target the cast of 16 & Pregnant, UFC fights and popular viral videos from YouTube. Judge also hinted that music videos will eventually appear in some form, alluding to a top-secret negotiation currently underway with Lady Gaga.
Remakes not your thing? Too bad! Toffler reports that Beavis and Butt-Head's spiritual sibling show, Daria, is currently re-running on MTV2 and Logo, and has performed surprisingly well. "You may see it again sooner than you think," he teased.
That was... cool. Are you ready for more Beavis and Butt-Head? (Heh-heh. He said "butt.")