HBO Max has officially placed season orders for both Mindy Kaling’s animated Scooby-Doo spinoff centered on a race-swapped Velma Dinkley and the revival of cult-classic MTV series Clone High.

Source: Scooby Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009), Warner Bros. Entertainment

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Titled Velma and ordered for a 10-episode first season, the Scooby-Doo-less series will tell the origin story of the Mystery Inc. gang’s bespectacled member, with Kaling slated to voice the classic character.

Though solely a voice role, as previously reported, Velma will be race-swapped to South Asian, ostensibly to align her more closely with Kaling’s own Sri Lankan descent.

Source: Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2018), Warner Bros. Animation

Kaling will also executive produce the series alongside The Office executive producers Charlie Grandy and Howard Klein, as well as Warner Bros. Animation’s Sam Register.

Unlike previous Scooby-Doo series, Velma will leans hard into mature content, including nudity and grisly murder.

Source: Scooby Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009), Warner Bros. Entertainment

In a teaser image presented by Kaling during a May 16th Warner Discovery presentation, the South Asian Velma discovering the corpse of a de-brained woman on the floor of a women’s locker room while a group of naked female patrons looks on behind her.

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“Hopefully you noticed my Velma is South Asian,” Kaling told presentation attendees. “If people freak out about that, I don’t care.”

She added, “Nobody ever complained about a talking dog solving mysteries. So I don’t think they’ll be upset over a brown Velma.”

Source: Mindy Kaling Responds to Criticism Around Her Role as Scooby Doo’s Velma, Late Night With Seth Meyers YouTube

In addition to Velma, HBO has also given a two season order to the reboot of the Clone High reboot written and executive produced by original series creators Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Bill Lawrence.

Source: Clone High Season 1 Episode 8 “Raisin the Stakes: A Rock Opera in Three Acts” (2003), MTV

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Originally airing on MTV from 2002 to 2003, the series follows the escapades of cloned historical figures as they attend the eponymous Clone High, in truth a military experiment to harness said figures’ various strengths for military purpose.

Erica Rivinoja, a writer on the original series whose credits include co-executive producer seats on such sitcoms as NBC’s Marry Me and Fox’s The Last Man on Earth.

Source: Clone High Season 1 Episode 4 “Film Fest: Tears of a Clone” (2002), MTV

Velma debuts later this year while HBO Max also picked up the series Fired on Mars starring Pete Davidson and the next two seasons of JG Quintel’s Close Enough.

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