MTV to broaden ‘Daria’ into animated telepic

'Fall' preems in fall; Disher, Moore to helm

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MTV’s animated “Daria” is getting her own movie.

The music cabler is in production on “Is it Fall Yet?” a telefilm based on the characters from the series. Karen Disher and Guy Moore will direct, and Glenn Eichler and Peggy Nicoll will script.

The only animated telefilm on MTV’s slate, the Daria project is skedded to premiere on the cable network in the fall.

Unlike MTV’s “Celebrity Death Match,” which is being developed as a theatrical release, “Daria” will strictly be a TV movie. “At one point, we talked about making it a theatrical movie, but we think MTV is the right home for it,” said Abby Terkuhle, president, MTV Animation.

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The telefilm, which will focus on what Daria and her pals at Lawndale High are doing over summer vacation, will be “sort of a continuation of a lot of the plotlines that you see in the series, with added value such as celebrity voice cameos,” Terkuhle said.

Carson Daly, host of MTV’s hit daily show “Total Request Live,” has already signed on to lend his voice, as has singer Bif Naked.

“Daria” will kick off its fourth season in February.

Terkuhle and Eichler are exec producing.

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