Rolling Stone conducted an interview with Van Toffler, the president of MTV (formerly known as "Music Television") about the triumphant return of everyone's favorite t-shirt clad morons, Beavis and Butt-Head.
Within the lengthy interview, Toffler gives some insight into what prompted Mike Judge and the MTV suits to think "yeah, we should bring this back!" Namely, it seems as if they just think it would be hilarious if Beavis and Butt-Head made fun of some of today's most ridiculous pastimes:
"They'll be self-contained segments with the boys in different situations like they used to be," Toffler says. "But this time around, they'll watch Jersey Shore, UFC matches and user-generated videos from YouTube, in addition to music videos." All of the programming will be displayed on the duo's TV, even if it comes from YouTube — "like silly videos of cats playing music."
Sounds like it could be pretty great, especially if Judge gives them a voice similar to that of pop culture skewer blogs like Videogum, which routinely rips any and everything (TV shows, music, websites, YouTube trends, etc) to pieces with thick sarcasm and bitingly rich commentary.
What inspired Judge to return to the world of Beavis and Butt-Head?
"In the years since Mike quit doing Beavis and Butt-Head, he realized that there was a lot to make fun of," says head writer John Altschuler, a veteran of King of the Hill. "We just kept coming up with ideas that Mike thought would have made good Beavis and Butt-Head episodes. Then one day, Mike said, 'Maybe we should just actually make some good Beavis and Butt-Head episodes.'"
In a world much too in love with Seth MacFarlane and his monumental ego, it's about time Beavis and Butt-Head came back to show us all how it's done.
Read the whole interview, it's packed with some great insight from Toffler. Bravo, Rolling Stone.
Are you excited for the return of the show? Or should Mike Judge and MTV have left it where it was, a nostalgic piece of 1990s gold? Don't be afraid to leave comments and discuss. That is, after all, the point.