An animated adult comedy series, HBO notes that Velma is “an original and humorous spin that unmasks the complex and colorful past of one of America’s most beloved mystery solvers.” Along with Kaling, Howard Klein, Charlie Grandy, and Sam Register will be executive producers.
When the show was initially announced in February, it was well received by fans. However, since then, it’s gotten backlash because the title character is being reimagined as South Asian. Racists were not happy. But, while Kaling is being careful with staying true to the original Velma Dinkley, she stands behind the character being South Asian—and doesn’t care what people have to say.
On Seth Meyers, Kaling says, “I just couldn’t understand how people couldn’t imagine a really smart, nerdy girl with terrible eyesight, and who loved to solve mysteries, could be Indian. Like, there are Indian nerds.” She concludes that if a dog can solve crimes, then Velma can be brown.
Though we don’t know many details about the series yet, a graphic still from the first look made rounds on various social media sites. Not only was there a diverse group of characters in the image, but one character wasn’t wearing any clothes, and a victim was on the floor after what appears to be a gruesome attack.
The still definitely sparks intrigue about what this prequel will entail. Adult animation has a rep for being able to push the limits, and it looks like this series will be a perfect example. But if there’s anything we know about Kaling, who is responsible for bringing us The Sex Lives of College Girls, Never Have I Ever, and famous episodes of The Office, it’s that she knows how to make a hit.
HBO Max definitely came to the right person to helm their adult animation titles, so we’re excited to see where this series will go. Let’s see if it can top What’s New, Scooby Doo?.
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