‘Velma’ Is Back in Season 2 Trailer — and This Time, She’s Popular

Max just gave us all a Scooby Snack.

The Warner Bros. Discovery streaming service released the trailer to the second season of its original adult animated series “Velma” on April 15, 10 days ahead of its April 25 premiere.

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“Velma” from Warner Bros. Animation gets another 10 episodes beginning a week from this Thursday. In Season 2, when an even spookier mystery grips Crystal Cove, Velma (Mindy Kaling) must find a way to balance her detective work with the demands of her newfound popularity before it’s too late, per Max. Meanwhile, her faithful friends Daphne (Constance Wu), Norville (Sam Richardson), and Fred (Glenn Howerton) are powerless to help thanks to their own personal battles and worse… Detention.

The second “Velma” season also features the voices of Russell Peters, Melissa Fumero, Sarayu Blue, Jane Lynch, Wanda Sykes, Cherry Jones, Frank Welker, Nicole Byer, Gary Cole, Andia Winslow, and Sara Ramirez. The series, developed by Charlie Grandy, is executive produced by Grandy, Kaling, Howard Klein, and Elijah Aron.

“Velma” is co-executive produced by Jessica Kumai Scott. The supervising producer is Amy Winfrey. Kandace Reuter and Rick Williams produce the series; Moss Perricone and Greg Gallant co-produce.

Watch the Season 2 trailer here:

Kaling’s “Velma” is of South Asian descent, as is Kaling. The reimagining of the character (or really, just her culture) sparked some initial backlash online. (What else is new?)

IndieWire’s Proma Khosla took on the issue in January 2023, chalking up much of the early negative response to “Velma” to Kaling “fatigue.” There is, of course, also the racism and misogyny.

“At the top of a list of qualms lobbied on social media is that ‘Velma’ appears to be another character in a familiar Kaling mold: an Indian-American woman with a specific cocktail of dry humor and self-loathing, whose identity isn’t intertwined with her culture and who has a crush on a cis-het white male,” Khosla wrote.

Khosla acknowledged that those concerns are “valid” in the cases of Kaling’s “The Sex Lives of College Girls” or “Never Have I Ever,” but pointed out that the “Mindy Project” star did not write or create “Velma.”

“The character undoubtedly took shape around her casting, but the show bears a lot of displaced viewer frustration (and an apparent tide of hate-watching),” Khosla wrote.

Earlier in the same month, Khosla reviewed “Velma” Season 1 — she ultimately gave the cartoon a “B-” grade.

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