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Liberals operating inside Hollywood and major production studios are accused of creating “woke” remakes of classic films.
In the latest Scooby-Doo spin-off called “Velma,” the animated series changes the skin color of the fictional character Velma and informs children about her long-held lesbian sexual orientation.
Rather than focusing on classic mystery cases that have made Scooby-Doo popular, the remake appears to be more concerned about race, sexuality, and gender.
“Velma” currently ranks among IMDb’s worst TV shows of all time with a 1.5 audience score.
Despite the show’s failure, HBO is still renewing the series for a second season.
Warner Bros., which owns HBO Max, claims “Velma” was the streamer’s most-watched animated series debut. It received a spike in viewership during its debut in January.
However, this temporary boost quickly dissipated as negative reviews flooded in. Many people have attributed the show’s renewal to Obama ally Channing Dungey, who now serves as chairwoman and CEO of Warner Bros.
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So while Velma appears to have benefited at least temporarily from the novelty effect plus the trainwreck phenomenon, its renewal boils down in practical matters to one individual — Channing Dungey, chairwoman and CEO of Warner Bros. Television Studios.
If the name sounds familiar, Dungey was the executive who fired Roseanne Barr from her top-rated ABC sitcom following Barr’s derogatory tweet about Obama administration official Valerie Jarrett. Since moving on from ABC, Dungey landed at Netflix, where she worked with the Obamas to develop shows as part of the couple’s Netflix deal.
Dungey joined Warner Bros. TV in 2020 where she oversees the studio’s enormous roster of TV shows, which includes at least two more series from Mindy Kaling. Like Dungey, Kaling has ties to the Obamas, not only stumping for the former president, but even optioning the memoirs of one of the administration’s staffers.
At last week’s Producers Guild Awards, Dungey praised Kaling who was receiving the Norman Lear Award for her career achievements.