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MTV brings back Beavis, Butt-Head and Bieber

February 2, 2011 |  4:54 pm

Beavis During MTV's upfront on Wednesday, the cast of "Skins" gathered on stage at Manhattan's Hammstein Ballroom to make an official announcement: "Beavis and Butt-head" is returning to the network.

No matter that some of the "Skins" cast wasn't born when the original series premiered: The new episodes will be updated just for millennials like them, with scenes of Beavis and Butt-Head watching "Jersey Shore" and laughing at Angelina's orange tan.

Even Justin Bieber, who kicked off the presentation of MTV's new season, was pretty psyched. "Solid day in NYC," he later tweeted. "Played hoops and just went to the MTV Upfronts...BEAVIS and BUTTHEAD are coming back!!!"

The return of MTV's classic animated comedy turned out to be the biggest news of the upfront. By comparison, the network seemed almost to downplay any focus on "Skins," which has been plagued by controversy over its young actors and explicit content. Perhaps the network was playing it safe for a reason: Earlier in the day, the Parents Television Council asked its members to contact their state attorneys general and urge them to investigate whether the show violates any laws.

Instead, MTV focused on new shows such as "Good Vibes," a "Family Guy"-style series about high school sophomores in California; "This is Awkward," a comedy about a girl recovering from an accident that people mistake for a suicide attempt; and "Teen Wolf," which looks a lot like the werewolf version of the CW's "The Vampire Diaries." A clip of "Teen Wolf" was a far cry from "Skins": Like the "Twilight" movies, the show focused on a morally upstanding young hero and his "battle to control his appetite." As Beavis would say, huh-huh-huh.

-- Melissa Maerz

Image: Beavis, left, and Butt-Head. Credit: MTV

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