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Mindy Kaling says she doesn’t care about backlash against South Asian Velma in new Scooby-Doo spinoff

  • Mindy Kaling, executive producer of the animated Scooby-Doo spinoff “Velma,” addressed critics while giving audiences a first look at the series.
  • "Nobody ever complained about a talking dog solving mysteries so I don’t think they’ll be upset over a brown Velma," Kaling said.
  • When the reimagined Velma was first announced, some criticized the character as perpetuating the Asian nerd stereotype, while others opposed deviating from the character being white.
  • Last year, Kaling addressed the controversy on NBC's "Late Night With Seth Meyers,” noting how she would have to “be careful” discussing the character after seeing how it upset people online.

Mindy Kaling couldn’t be bothered by what critics have to say about her upcoming HBO Max animated Scooby-Doo spinoff “Velma.” 

During the Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront presentation on Wednesday, Kaling, an executive producer on the show, gave viewers a first look at the series before addressing some of the backlash that followed news that the titular character would be reimagined as a brown woman. 

Former Stray Kids member Kim Woo-jin to lead upcoming HBO Max original series set in Brazil

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  • Kim Woo-jin, a former member of K-pop boy group Stray Kids, will be HBO Max’s first-ever Korean lead for an upcoming series called “Alem do Guarda-Roupa” (“Beyond the Wardrobe.”)
  • The fantasy-romance series centers around a teenage girl named Carol who finds Kim’s character Kyung-min, a prickly member of a fictional boy group called Act, via a magic portal in a closet.
  • Carol is played by Korean Brazilian actor Sharon Blanche.
  • The series is scheduled for release sometime next year.
  • Kim left the JYP Entertainment boy group Stray Kids in 2019 and was later accused by several women online of sexual harassment. Kim and his agency 10x Entertainment deny all allegations and are conducting investigations.

Kim Woo-jin, a former member of K-pop boy band Stray Kids, will lead in HBO Max’s original series “Alem do Guarda-Roupa” (“Beyond the Wardrobe”) set in São Paulo, Brazil. This makes Kim the first Korean actor in a lead role for an HBO Max series. 

The fantasy-romance series is about a teenage girl named Carol, played by Korean Brazilian actor Sharon Blanche, who finds a portal in a closet that leads her to Kim’s character, a grouchy K-pop idol named Kyung-min from the fictional boy group Act.

Lisa Ling explores America from inside the country’s Asian restaurant kitchens in new HBO Max show

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  • Released today on HBO Max, “Take Out with Lisa Ling” is a six-episode docuseries focused on Asian food and Asian American history.
  • The show follows the award-winning journalist as she travels across the country and meets restaurateurs from various Asian backgrounds.
  • Ling co-executive produced the show with Helen Cho and David Shadrack Smith.

Award-winning journalist Lisa Ling’s new docuseries on Asian cuisines and their histories across the U.S. debuts on HBO Max today.

“Take Out with Lisa Ling,” which consists of six episodes, follows Ling’s journey across the U.S. to meet restaurateurs from various Asian backgrounds. For the first time, they are able to share their personal stories to a wide audience.