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Mindy Kaling’s new Velma Dinkley series to make some big changes to the character and world she inhabits

June 11th, 2021 by Marc Comments

A few weeks back we learned that Scooby-Doo’s own Velma Dinkley was set to get her own adult animated series on HBO Max (here) and, if it’s anywhere near as good as the Harley Quinn animated series, then count us in.

Now, today we have some new details thanks to the president of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics, Tom Ascheim who gave a presentation (below) on upcoming animated projects at Cartoon Network, Boomerang and HBO Max.

The series, called Velma is created by and will star Mindy Kaling, star and writer on the hit US version of The Office, and will throw some pretty big changes into the familiar formula of the world of Scooby and the gang.

This new version of the character will be of East Asian descent – as Kaling herself is – and will feature ‘no dog’ and ‘no van’.

Now, this is a pretty big departure from the established Velma we know but we know that Kaling is a talented writer and actress, so we will wait and see how it goes. We’ve seen some complain that Scooby and the Mystery Machine don’t exist int his universe and we don’t think that’s the case here, we just think it means they’ll not feature in the show and, well, we love a bit of Scoob and the gang, but we love Velma too and look forward to seeing what she gets up to when she’s not unmasking ghosts in rickety old houses.

Thoughts? I want to hear them all.

WAtch the presentation here.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….