'Beavis and Butthead' Set to Return in Fall
"It's licensing," Judge says, noting that the premiere was pushed back six months primarily because of two issues -- final animated sequences and approval to use music videos. Deadmau5, MGMT, Yolanda Be Cool and T-Baby's off-key "It's So Cold in the D" have been licensed as have UFC fight scenes and some movie clips.
"We're working on Lady Gaga," Judge said at a Television Critics Association panel for MTV shows. B&B will take a shot at becoming Siskel and Ebert, vampires, and tech support workers, and will re-enact Morgan Spurlock's "Super Size Me" diet in the new edition of the series.
Licensing of the show's full content became an issue a decade ago when attempts were made to release the cartoons on DVD and producers had only secured broadcast rights. When Sony issued its first collection of episodes in 2005, the many of the videos were deleted and episodes had to be edited, frustrating fans of the series. The second and third volumes were more in line with the way the shows were broadcast.
"Beavis and Butt-Head" ran on MTV from 1993 to 1997 and was criticized and revered for its violent content and the idiotic behavior of the lead characters. In returning this year, the show will be set up as it was initially with mostly two-part shows and the occasional full half-hour. The boys will still be wearing their AC/DC and Metallica T-shirts. And nebbishy Stewart will still be donning a Winger T-shirt.
"I thought (Kip Winger) had a problem with the show, but it turns out he was okay with it," Judge tells Billboard.com. "We tried other bands (logos) but nothing worked as well (as the originals)."