Last year, it was announced that Mindy Kaling would produce and star in Velma, an adult cartoon re-imagining of Scooby-Doo (sans Scooby Doo) with Velma Dinkley in the main role. OK, sure! Welp, Velma finally premiered on HBO Max last Friday, and the reaction from audiences and critics alike was… not good. Forbes reports that it has a low-for-HBO-Max score of 55% on Rotten Tomatoes and an embarrassing audience score of just 7%. And before you say, “Oh, is this because they made Velma Indian-American like Mindy? RACISTS!!!!”, that’s actually not the main reason people are hating on Velma. Sure, there are the usual bigot trolls, but the show’s mainly getting backlash because a) it’s not funny (based on the five minutes I watched to write this article, I co-sign this opinion), and, b) some think its “edgy”/”woke” jokes are actually offensive. Too bad the holidays are over; both liberal and conservative family members could’ve bonded over their Velma hate.
Many The Office diehards have fantasized about Kelly and Ryan’s running away together in the series finale leaking over into real life. But even though “RYAN started the FIYAH!” in her pants on and off for a bit over the years, Mindy Kaling recently appeared on The Drew Barrymore Show and explained why she and her former The Office co-star, B.J. Novak, are never getting back together.
Anne Hathaway covers the latest issue of Interview magazine, and in the Interview interview, she answers 20 questions from celebrities like Matthew McConaughey (“what does feminism mean to you?”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“which do you like better, acting or singing?”), Julie Andrews (“what really ticks you off?”), and Octavia Spencer (“how do you maintain the joyous work/life balance so seamlessly?”). But those questions were a bore compared to Mindy Kaling’s, who woke up and chose clickbait drama. Mindy asked her Ocean’s 8 co-star which problematic celeb’s art she still loves (Mindy says she still loves Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters). Anne’s answer? Aziz Ansari. Apparently, she’s a big Master of None fan.
When A Strange Loop took home the Tony award for Best Musical at last night’s Tony Awards, Jennifer Hudson became the 17th quadruple threat to earn the highly coveted PMTAOEE, better known as the Philip Michael Thomas Award for Overall Excellence in Entertainment, even better known as the EGOT. And she didn’t even have to break a sweat or unhinge her jaw for it! Jennifer won her Tony as a producer of the Pulitzer Prize-winning show and shares the Tony with RuPaul Charles, Don Cheadle, Alan Cumming, Ilana Glazer, Mindy Kaling, and Billy Porter among others. But thanks to her 2021 Daytime Emmy for an animated short called Baba Yaga, she was able to close the loop and put a PeriodT! On her EGO status.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Mindy Kaling is developing and starring in an HBO Max original animated series for adults titled Velma, based, of course, on Velma Dinkley from Scooby-Doo, the iconic crime-solving gang of groovy, possibly stoned teens who cruise around in a van with a giant dog and an unfortunate habit of getting mixed up in ghost drama. The Mary Sue has details on the show and there will be no van, Scooby-Doo, Velma has been re-imagined as East Asian, which of course has some haters on the internet clutching at their knotted neck scarves.
You might be looking at that large child and wondering just how long ago she had that secret baby. But no, that’s Mindy Kaling’s first secret baby, of course! That happened nearly three years ago, and Mindy kept things very quiet surrounding her pregnancy and subsequent birth of a girl (which she named Katherine). Her new baby isn’t exactly that new; it’s a boy, and he’s over a month old now. But she did keep his pregnancy, birth, and all the important details as quiet as possible.