This past weekend at New York Comic-Con, Beavis and Butt-Head creator Mike Judge presented the inaugural public screening of his classic animation’s rebooted first episode. Chris Linn, MTV Executive Vice President of MTV Production, introduced the pilot. Luke Wilson, Judge’s friend who starred in the director’s feature-film cult spoof Idiocracy, “moderated” a post-viewing panel discussion. This meant the affable Wilson asked his pal a few questions Wikipedia could’ve answered (“You were an engineer, right?”) and then subjected himself, along with Judge, to an audience-commandeered Q&A, one of those rare moments when a big-shot film actor sits unarmed without a mediating publicist. (Consequently, Wilson not only allowed an excitable young woman to pet his head, but also got asked if he or his brother Owen got “better trim,” a question he politely rebuffed.)
But Wilson was just a high-wattage prop (“I don’t even know what I’m doing here,” he admitted). The real stars were those walking teen-boy devil-horns from Highland, Texas, who, as you’ve surely heard, will be insulting MTV’s own reality programming along with music videos. Perhaps unsurprisingly—given the low-hanging fruit of Jersey Shore and 16 and Pregnant—the 2011 pilot is hilarious. Here’s what else we learned from the panel.
1. Beavis and Butt-Head (the show) is, as has been mercifully reported, exactly the same format as before: two 12-minute shows back-to-back, each spliced with the characters’ asinine running commentary. In total, there will be at least 24 shows and 12 episodes, as Judge told Rolling Stone.
2. Beavis and Butt-Head (the characters) will still be the same old politically ignorant, apathetic degenerates. (When someone asked if the duo would perhaps tackle current political events like gay marriage and Occupy Wall Street, Luke Wilson interjected, “I’ve never met a guy less interested in politics,” meaning Judge.)
3. Sardonic alt-girl spin-off star Daria Morgendorffer will return to Highland for “some kind of cameo,” Judge admitted, declining to provide further specifics.
4. Effete hippie teacher David Van Driessen, coach Bradley Buzzcut, and Winger-shirted wimp Stewart Stevenson are all in the first episode.
5. Beavis and Butt-Head tackle Jersey Shore in the pilot. J-Woww has just learned to make pizza in Florence, Italy and says to the camera, When “I’m 80 years old and I’m teaching my kids how to make pizza and they ask me, ‘Oh, where’d you make pizza?’ [I’ll say] Bitch, I made it Florence.” Leave it to Beavis: “So she’s gonna call… her grandkids… Bitch?”
Butt-Head: “This is what happens when hot girls don’t go to college.”
6. The one music video in the pilot is Benny Benassi’s “Satisfaction,” a softcore-porn construction instructional that’d make Tim Allen blush, helpfully posted above. Butt-Head notes, “Whatever they’re building. . . would probably collapse. . . but nobody would care.”
7. They also watch 16 and Pregnant in the pilot. “This would be a better show if they, like, showed ’em actually getting pregnant,” Butt-Head snorts. “It would be called. . . I’m 16. . . and I’m Getting Pregnant Tonight!.”
8. Not only does Cornholio reappear, but Beavis will say “Fire”!
9. Mike Judge claims that MTV has been completely amenable to having B&B make fun of their programming. Also, a Beavis and Butt-Head feature-film sequel isn’t out of the question. “We’ll see how this goes,” Judge told the crowd. “It would be fun to do another one.”
10. The first time around, the music videos shown were only licensed for MTV, which forbade Beavis and Butt-Head from ever being sold in syndication or for retail. This time, everything has been cleared and Beavis and Butt-Head will be on DVD.
Beavis and Butt-Head premieres October 27 at 10 p.m., followed by Good Vibes.