HBO Max is doubling down on adult animation, ordering three series and setting a bustling development slate.
The streamer has handed a two-season order to Clone High, the reboot of the classic MTV series with Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Bill Lawrence, and ordered Scooby-Doo spinoff Velma with Mindy Kaling set as lead voice star and exec producer and Fired on Mars from Pete Davidson.
For those who did not watch Clone High, it was an amazing show which gave us the rise of Lord and Miller. I think it’s only available for purchase digitally now.
It was the perfect encapsulation of early 00’s angst, colliding with surreal humor. Their interpretation of JFK is an all-timer.
Now, as for that Velma show…
Velma tells the origin story of Velma Dinkley, the unsung and underappreciated brains of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang. Voiced and exec produced by Kaling, the series from Warner Bros. Animation has has Charlie Grandy, Howard Klein and Sam Register as executive producers.
I’m thinking / hoping this is basically Harley Quinn but for Velma?
Any way you slice it, I’m very excited for HBO Max’s focus on cartoons!