Velma is returning for a second season, and it looks to be in the works for a 2024 launch. During the recent Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Max and Adult Swim Executive Vice President of Original Comedy and Adult Animation Suzanna Makkos shared details on the network and streamer’s upcoming slate of original comedy and adult animated shows.
A second season of the irreverent, adult animated series was among the announcements during the Warner Bros. Discovery animation showcase, along with a targeted 2024 release period. While there is a great deal of divisive conversation around the series, the show was highly discussed and talked about when it launched, and sometimes controversy can create cash as they say in professional wrestling.
VELMA SEASON 2 TARGETED FOR 2024 LAUNCH
During the presentation, Makkos confirmed that Velma is currently in production for a second season slated for a 2024 debut, along with the recently revived Clone High. Meanwhile, Harley Quinn will return for its fourth season later this summer.
During a February 2023 interview with Deadline, Warner Bros. Television Group Chairman and CEO Channing Dungey confirmed that another season of Velma was in the works. So this new update from the Annecy International Animation Film Festival reinforces that the show’s next season is moving along and due out later next year.
The show debuted earlier in January on HBO Max, which is now simply called Max. The first season ran for 10 episodes, with Warner Bros. releasing two episodes per week for the initial run.
Based on the Hanna-Barbera Productions Scooby-Doo franchise, Velma is an alternate universe spinoff of the property, executive produced by Charlie Grandy, Mindy Kaling, Howard Klein, and Sam Register. The show starred Kaling as the voice of Velma Dinkley.
The show also stars Constance Wu as Daphne Blake, Glenn Howerton as Fred Jones, and Sam Richardson as Norville Rogers aka Shaggy. The show also boasts an impressive supporting cast, featuring the likes of Ming-Na Wen, Wanda Sykes, Stephen Root, Melissa Fumero, Weird Al, and more.
The critical and audience response to the first season was largely negative, with the first season receiving a 40% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and the show scored an audience rating of 7%. Despite this, Deadline reports that Velma became the streaming service’s most-watched animated series debut ever. So if you are questioning as to why the series received a quick renewal, that is the answer.
It should be interesting to see what the writers and creators of the show come up with for the second season, and if the controversy from the first season will draw more interest and viewership for its sophomore outing. The show will stream exclusively on Max later next year. All ten episodes from the first season are currently available to stream on Max.
About Velma Season 2
RELEASE DATE: Exclusively On Max later in 2024; Release Date TBA
DIRECTOR: Anne Walker Farrell, Meg Waldow, Cal Ramsey, and Gina Gress
WRITER: Charlie Grandy, Akshara Sekar, Stephanie Amante-Ritter, Elijah Aron, Matt Warburton, Jenna Simmons, and Stephanie M. Johnson
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Charlie Grandy, Mindy Kaling, Howard Klein, Sam Register
PRODUCERS: Kandace Reuter
BASED ON: Hanna-Barbera Productions’ Scooby-Doo
CAST: Mindy Kaling, Glenn Howerton, Constance Wu, Sam Richardson, Stephen Root, Russell Peters, Melissa Fumero, Wanda Sykes, Jane Lynch, Cherry Jones, Frank Welker, and Gary Cole
Velma is an adult animated comedy series telling the origin story of Velma Dinkley, the unsung and underappreciated brains of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang. This original and humorous spin unmasks the complex and colorful past of one of America’s most beloved mystery solvers.
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SOURCE: Warner Bros. Discovery