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‘Shoutout to Shrek’: Cast of ‘Never Have I Ever’ S3 break down their onion-like, layered characters

  • Mindy Kaling’s pseudo-autobiographical series cleverly riffs off of the teen dramedy formula by subverting television’s most enduring coming-of-age tropes.
  • Instead of your typical white manic pixie dream girl, the leading lady is Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), an Indian American overachieving teen with an emotional arc that drives her impulsive and hormone-fueled exploits.
  • Throughout the previous two seasons, Devi stumbles into a love triangle with her know-it-all and totally loaded academic rival Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison), and the Sherman Oaks’ resident hunk-slash-swim team captain Paxton Hill-Yoshida (Darren Barnet).
  • While Ben and Paxton may initially come off as one-note caricatures, the show excels in deconstructing the “dumb jock” and “pretentous rich kid” cliches through dedicated episodes that flesh out two primary players in Devi’s love life.
  • Even beyond the three characters who drive the show’s central conflict, each member of the supporting cast has their own individual arc that not only enhances the show’s worldbuilding, but also offers meaningful glimpses into diverse avenues of the teenage experience.
  • “Never Have I Ever” is particularly notable for exploring coming-of-age issues from a South Asian perspective, which is seldomly represented in Western media as a whole, let alone teen dramas.
  • Season 3 of “Never Have I Ever” will be released on Netflix on Aug. 12.

Drawing from emotional highs and lows and the blissful ignorance of your garden-variety adolescent, Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever” doesn’t need the stratospheric stakes or visual-effects wizardry of a fantasy epic or space opera to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Season 3 of Mindy Kaling’s pseudo-autobiographical series cleverly riffs off of the teen dramedy formula by subverting television’s most enduring coming-of-age tropes. 

Devi’s love life sees new challenges in Season 3 Trailer for ‘Never Have I Ever’

  • The Season 3 trailer for Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever” was released on Wednesday.
  • All seems to be smooth-sailing now that Devi’s finally got what she’s wanted by going public with her relationship with Paxton Hall-Yoshida, until the insecurity sets in.
  • To complicate matters further, a new boy, Des, is thrown into the series’ love triangle that was present in Seasons 1 and 2 with Paxton and Ben.
  • “Did we discover that being in a relationship doesn’t solve all our problems?” Devi’s therapist is heard asking.
  • Season 3 will be released on Aug. 12 on Netflix.

Devi’s complicated love triangle becomes even more tangled up in the Season 3 trailer for Netflix’s teenage dramedy “Never Have I Ever.” 

Created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, the coming-of-age series follows Indian American teen Devi, played by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, as she grieves the loss of her father while dealing with the pressures of high school. 

Michelle Yeoh, Mindy Kaling among the API stars honored at Gold House’s inaugural Gold Gala

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  • Nonprofit collective Gold House honored several luminaries of Asian descent from the entertainment and business industries during its first-ever Gold Gala held at Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night.
  • The inaugural event, called “The New Gold Age,” celebrated the stars on its A100 list, which features “100 Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) who had the most impact on culture and society over the past year.”
  • Actor Maitreyi Ramakrishnan presented Mindy Kaling with the A100 Legend award for the latter’s “lifelong dedication to creating and embodying affirming API characters and content.”
  • Michelle Yeoh, an A100 Legend, became the first-ever recipient of the SeeHer award for “defying gender stereotypes throughout her career.”
  • Actors Gemma Chan and Kelly Marie Tran, musician H.E.R., K-pop girl group Blackpink, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang, Block CFO Amrita Ahuja, Instagram’s Eva Chen and Bain & Company’s Manny Maceda were inducted into Gold House’s Hall of Fame.

Michelle Yeoh, Mindy Kaling and other luminaries of Asian descent from the entertainment and business industries walked the red carpet in Downtown Los Angeles as nonprofit collective Gold House honored its annual list of A100 inductees at its first-ever Gold Gala.

The inaugural event, called “The New Gold Age,” was hosted on Saturday night at Vibiana in collaboration with Meta. Several attendees were featured on Gold House’s A100 list, which celebrates “100 Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) who had the most impact on culture and society over the past year.”

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. 

Netflix releases new photos, premiere date for ‘Never Have I Ever’ Season 3

  • Season 3 of “Never Have I Ever” is set to premiere on Netflix on Aug. 12, the streaming platform announced during its “Netflix is a Joke” comedy festival.
  • Netflix also released a set of first-look photos from the upcoming season.

Season 3 of Netflix’s hit dramedy “Never Have I Ever” is slated for release on Aug. 12, with 10 new episodes. Meanwhile the fourth and final season, currently in production, is set to premiere sometime in 2023. 

The streaming platform announced the premiere date on Sunday as part of its Netflix is a Joke comedy festival. 

Mindy Kaling Slams Donald Trump’s Plan to Abolish Birthright Citizenship

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has come under fire for his plan to sign an executive order that aims to officially end birthright citizenship in America. One of the voices who expressed dissatisfaction with this plan is Indian-American Hollywood actress Mindy Kaling

Kaling, born from Indian immigrant parents who received green cards to live in the US, asked questions on her Twitter post on Tuesday, Oct. 31, on what will happen to her citizenship once this executive order gets signed.