According to REVIEWniverse, plans to bring Beavis and Butt-Head back to television are currently in the works. An anonymous source is quoted as stating that creator Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Office Space) is currently writing the outlines for 30 new episodes, with the intention of airing them on MTV again where the show originally ran for seven seasons from 1993 – 1997 and yeah… I’m aware that the math on the seasons doesn’t work. Take it up with iMDB:
…And in the meantime read the entire article from REVIEWniverse about the future of our favorite fart-knockers:
Now, my take:
As much as the concept off B & B returning after more than 13 years is exciting, I’m containing my enthusiasm and reserving judgment on the validity of the information as reported by the anonymous source for a few reasons.
First, Journalism 101. My cousin Matt Volke over at The Movie Bros. can correct me on this but, if I’m not mistaken, before you run with a story like this, shouldn’t you have the information that your third-party source provides you verified independently first? The article indicates but one anonymous source.
I don’t know much about EXAMINER.com , the parent site of REVIEWniverse, but it seems to be just a collection of bloggers, so obviously the same journalistic standards wouldn’t normally apply but this story is being picked up by major outlets who are now reporting it verbatim, so you would think that sites like iMDB or AOL TV would want to make sure that the information was verified by at least ONE independent source before publishing. Apparently, they aren’t nearly as concerned about the integrity of their information as I am, but you all know how flippin’ serious I am about TV.
What’s really funny is that AOL TV has taken the suggestion by REVIEWuniverse that Judge could re-launch the series on the web if MTV doesn’t green-light it and turned it into he already intends to as a fall-back position. Pathetic. FAIL.
In any event, though, I find this notion that Mike Judge wants B & B back on MTV highly suspect to begin with anyway. MTV is not the same network that it was in 1992 (when the actual first episode of the show aired) and it’s not even the same network it was in 1997 when the show was cancelled. Yes, back then MTV used to be the home of Liquid Television and Ren & Stimpy second runs, but it certainly isn’t friendly to that kind of programming anymore and of course the demographics of that network aren’t the same as they were back then either.
The other issue with this is that Mike Judge isn’t some upstart anymore who can only get a shot on a basic cable network. He’s got a bit more street cred than that with one of the most successful prime time shows (animated or otherwise) of all time under his belt with King of the Hill and several successful movies (Office Space, Idiocracy, Extract and of course Beavis and Butt-Head Do America). Sorry, but there is about as much of a chance of Mike Judge doing anything on MTV as there is of J.J. Abrams doing a show on a local public access channel. As a nod to Office Space I can so only one thing to this possibility: Naga… Naga… Na-gonna happen.
Finally, don’t the details of this article seem all just a little too perfect? I mean, not only is Judge bringing back B & B but he wants to do it exactly like he did it in 1992 and even on the same network? Holy crap, Santa really DOES exist and he’s finally giving me the Christmas I’ve always wanted.
So, to sum up, I’m not dismissing this story outright, but needless to say, I remain quite skeptical about the details of it as reported.
What I’m guessing is that Judge does intend to bring back B & B in the near future and is indeed writing up the outlines for the 30 episodes (and in this climate of reboots and re-launches, there would be no better time) but I’m guessing that the details aren’t nearly as fine-tuned and specific as the anonymous source claims that they are.
Still, though, I can’t help but to be excited at the prospect of my favorite idiot head bangers in the 21st Century.
And now, for your viewing pleasure, I present you with the classic B & B episode Vaya Con Cornholio: