This just in - confirmed by The Wall Street Journal and HuffingtonPost.com, the iconic yet moronic animated musical satire show, Beavis and Butthead is slated to return to MTV with new episodes. With the days of actually playing music long gone - Music Television is looking for new scripted shows, with Beavis and Butthead having specific appeal to Generation X viewers who never really got enough of their poignant commentaries on music, style and culture.
Created by Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Office Space) who has a degree in physics - on the surface Beavis and Butthead looks like a show for people who are truly mentally deficient, but upon more careful study, the show is pretty sophisticated yet hilariously immature. While Beavis and Butthead never end up living out their rock and roll fantasies or entrepreneurial goals, they do deeply care about music (how many high school kids can you say that about today) and are willing to get passionate about it. This isn't content from the "whatever" generation. Beavis can get excited about a heavy metal video that has a toilet in it to the point of nearly going into a convulsive fit or launching into his alter ego The Great Cornholio who is even more enthusiastic. What he will have to say about hacks like Lady Gaga, AutoTune and the pathetic state of music today is a voice that needs to be heard and heard loudly.
With The Sopranos off the air for good, that leaves maybe Entourage as the only appointment viewing that I am willing to commit to. I don't even know where MTV is on the dial on DirecTV and if having grown up as an Italian American in Philadelphia - I don't need a reality show to illustrate to me what goes on down the Shore. We went to Wildwood, New Jersey in the summers. Need I say more? The return of Beavis and Butthead is not just great news. Forget the oil spill (but not the episode when Beavis and Butthead were selling sludge to Mr. Anderson as "black gold"); there is a beaming light at the end of the tunnel. There is a reason to watch TV again and this time there's somebody with something to say who's smarter than Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly. Beavis and Butthead are back and all of us kids who refused to mature past, say, 10th grade are fired up about it.