For some of us, Scooby-Doo is the property that just keeps on giving. Across different decades, for different generations, the spooky adventures of Mystery Inc. have kept us all entertained time and time again – and now, it’s the turn of Velma Dinkley to take centre-stage.
As announced by Warner Bros., Mystery Inc’s resident genius sleuth is getting her own HBO Max animated series simply titled Velma. The brilliant Mindy Kaling – likely best known for starring as Kelly Kapoor on The Office, in addition to serving as a writer on that show – is on board to executive producer and voice Velma in this new show.
The early word on Velma reads:
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.
An original and humours spin that unmasks the complex and colourful past of one of America’s most beloved mystery solvers, executive producer Mindy Kaling will voice the titular character.
Charlie Grandy, Sam Register and Howard Klein will also be acting as executive producers on Velma, with Warner Bros. Animated producing the series for the HBO Max streaming service.
The Velma character has been a mainstay of any and all Scooby-Doo projects ever since Scoob first came to animated life in 1969’s Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! cartoon series. Of the numerous people to voice the character over the decades, Nicole Jaffe and Marla Frumkin are likely the most synonymous with the tones of Velma Dinkley, while Linda Cardellini played Velma in the two live-action Scooby-Doo movies of the 2000s.
As ever, expect more on Velma as we get it.