Mindy Kaling's animated Velma series on Max received a surprising Season 2 update.
Velma was developed by Charles Grandy alongside star and executive producer Mindy Kaling. The series explores the titular character’s adventures during high school and is set before the official formation of Mystery Inc.
Despite a strong performance in terms of viewership, Velma received backlash from fans and critics. In the latest issue of Emmys magazine, Grandy opened up about the harsh reviews, assuring everyone that they are “not erasing the originals.”
Velma currently has a 40% Tomatometer score from critics based on 35 reviews and an audience score of 7% based on 10,000+ reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
Velma Season 2 Announced by Max
Warner Bros. Discovery confirmed that Velma was renewed for a second season as part of the studio's adult animation slate.
The series' Season 2 announcement came despite divisive critic reviews and an overwhelmingly negative response from fans.
While Velma has mixed reviews, the adult animated comedy, via CBR, was Max's (formerly HBO Max) most-watched animated series debut ever after its first two episodes premiered on the streamer in January 2023.
In February 2023, Deadline noted that Channing Dungey, Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Television Group, and his team were already working on a second season of the Scooby-Doo spinoff.
Velma Season 2 Is the Show’s Chance for Redemption
Velma's return for another season is exciting news for its cast and crew, mainly because it would allow the show to redeem itself from the bad reviews.
The show's sophomore run could fix and address some of the bad reviews from critics, such as its bad humor, cringe-worthy scenes, and awkward character dynamics.
Hopefully, Velma creator Charles Grandy and lead star and executive producer Mandy Kaling will go back to the drawing board and mend the show's issues while still maintaining certain aspects that allowed it to achieve high numbers of viewership during Season 1.
Velma Season 1 is streaming on Max.