It took MTV eight long years to release their seminal late ’90s animated satire series Daria onto DVD, and it seems that the network is looking to again belatedly capitalize on its popularity by re-airing episodes this summer. The newly dubbed “Retro Mania” block will also include frothy summer fare The Hills and Laguna Beach, which will have their runs first before returning to the (relative) sanity of Lawndale High.
The major reason Daria stayed off of DVD for so long was because of music licensing, and as someone who now owns the series I can definitively say that there is something lacking as Daria and Jane’s witticisms are set to generic “filler” music rather than Beck, Rage Against the Machine or Smashing Pumpkins. Still, the series is always worth a revisit regardless, though a return to its original score would be a treat. For more on the Retro Mania lineup, hit the jump.
Daria ran for five seasons with two follow-up movies, but MTV has said they will only be airing “select” episodes from the series (hopefully that means earlier seasons. Anything pre-Tom, really). MTV hosts Nikki Glaser and Sarah Schafer will be discussing the show in between episodes. As for the other series, the apparently still fame-hungry Stephen Colletti, Lo Bosworth, Audrina Patridge and Stephanie Pratt will all be on hand to give some “insight” (MTV’s word, not mine) into their drama-filled former lives.
Retro Mania will kick off June 25th with Laguna Beach, followed by The Hills through most of July. Daria will start its run July 30th and will end August 3rd, airing every day from 9am until noon, EST.