Velma season 2 has reportedly been confirmed at HBO Max despite the recent backlash against the Scooby-Doo animated spinoff series.
Despite its controversy-mired season 1 premiere, the Scooby-Doo spinoff series Velma has already been renewed for a season 2. Velma is an animated comedy series set before the Scooby-Doo gang’s adventures in solving mysteries. The show is focused on the titular member of the group, Velma Dinkley (Mindy Kaling), and her life in high school with Shaggy (Sam Richardson), Daphne (Constance Wu), and Fred (Glenn Howerton). Without the iconic talking dog Scooby-Doo in the show, Velma‘s comedy leans heavily towards adult humor, making it a very different venture from many of the previous Scooby-Doo stories.
According to the Entertainment Identifier Registry (EIDR), Velma season 2 is in the works at Warner Bros. and HBO Max. The registry shows Velma season 2 on its own and a list of nine episodes. The news comes just a couple of days after the premiere of episodes one and two on HBO Max. In the days since the R-rated Scooby-Doo spinoff’s initial release, some viewers have mounted a review-bombing effort against it on Rotten Tomatoes. Currently, the popular critic and audience review website’s audience score is an unreasonably low 7% Fresh Rating, with 2,410 audience reviews, compared to its 53% rating among 19 critic reviews.
Why Velma Is Panned By Audiences
Critic reviews for Velma have been split, with positive reviews often commending some of the comedic moments and most negative reviews pointing to issues with the show’s actual story. Among audiences, though, reviews have been overwhelmingly negative. Some Scooby-Doo fans had concerns about Velma when the adult-themed nature of the show was revealed, but the Velma series has also had to weather a storm of criticism from extremely toxic and oftentimes hateful reviews since the show’s release. That has included the show being review-bombed with negative ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and other review websites.
There’s been plenty of valid criticism of the show, but much of the negativity surrounding it has been in very bad faith. The toxic review bombing was a response to the show’s race-blind casting, specifically with Velma being of Asian descent in the new series, as Kaling is in real life. While most Scooby-Doo fans understood and even applauded the decision, it still led to a substantial level of racist backlash to Velma from toxic individuals and groups. The review bombing campaign has cast an unfortunate shadow of negativity over the show. Despite that backlash, the series has performed very well for the streamer, becoming the most-watched HBO Max animated original series on the day of its premiere.
Despite there being a great deal of unwarranted hate surrounding the show, many viewers are excited to continue the new Scooby-Doo story, which has been made clear through its strong early viewership. Velma has already addressed the backlash within its meta-comedy, so it seems safe to expect more of that in the future. While there isn’t any other new information about Velma season 2, there appears to be a lot of confidence in the show from its creators and Warner Bros., given that the series has only streamed two episodes. Velma will go back to a weekly release schedule on HBO Max after premiering episodes one and two on January 12.
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