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Coming of age comedy-drama Never Have I Ever dropped on Netflix in April 2020 and quickly became a huge success. The show has been co-created by comic Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher and follows Indian-American teen Devi Vishwakumar (played by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) and her friends at Sherman Oaks High in California. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about whether Never Have I Ever will be returning for another outing.
The show has already built up a strong fanbase with singer Charlie Puth and Padma Lakshmi praising the show on social media.
Never Have I Ever dropped on the US streaming platform on April 27 with all episodes made available in one go for viewers to binge-watch.
And fans have loved the series. One tweeted: “No, YOU cried at the finale of Never Have I Ever.”
Another posted: “I just watched never have I ever the Netflix show and uhmmmmm…. I’m in love.”
A third tweeted: “Over the past two weeks I watched “Never Have I Ever” and “The Half of It” on Netflix and definitely a worth watch that deserves more attention.”
Speaking to Deadline recently about the main character, co-creator Fisher said: “Both Mindy and I have lost a parent, so we have experienced that sort of pain.”
She added: “But I think for us, what we wanted was a show that had depth.”
Kaling said the lockdown had led to more people watching Never Have I Ever than might have done so before and giving the series a chance, which was part of its success.
Will there be another series of Never Have I Ever?
Yes, Never Have I Ever has been renewed for season two by Netflix.
The news was confirmed by the cast in a cheeky video on July 1, 2020.
Netflix carefully analysed the viewing figures before deciding on whether to renew the show.
The American streamer counts views based on someone watching a show or a film for two minutes – a stark contrast to its previous metric in which an audience member had to watch 70 percent of an episode or movie to register.
When will Never Have I Ever season 2 be released?
Previously, Netflix releases would be dependent on when the show got the go-ahead and the amount of post-production involved.
Most Netflix shows have a turnaround of about a year but due to the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing lockdown, film and television productions across the world have been halted.
Never Have I Ever is going to be starting production in November but the process could be a slow one due to filming restrictions created by the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Variety, there’s no clear start date due to the pandemic but it is hoped the show will be getting underway soon.
Hopefully, this means the series could be out at some point in 2021.
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Who will be in the cast of Never Have I Ever season 2?
Season two will see the main cast reprising their role, which means Canadian-Tamil actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan will be back as the hot-headed lead Devi Vishwakumar.
Also joining her will be Ramona Young as Eleanor Wong and Lee Rodriguez as Fabiola Torres.
In the roles of her love interests will be Jaren Lewison as Ben Gross and Darren Barnet as Paxton Hall-Yoshida.
Other cast members likely to be returning are Poorna Jagannathan as Dr. Nalini Vishwakumar, Richa Moorjani as Kamala, Christina Kartchner as Eve, Benjamin Norris as Trent Harrison, Niecy Nash as Dr. Jamie Ryan and Rushi Kota as Prashant, among others.
Legendary tennis player John McEnroe is also likely to be back on commentating duty for another season.
Fans may also see some new characters brought into the story as the plot expands.
Viewers could also see Sendhil Ramamurthy back as father Mohan Vishwakumar. The Heroes actor told ET Online: “Oh my God, I honestly hadn’t thought about that but if they wanted me back, I had such a great time working with these guys and I’ve known Mindy for a long time.
“Getting to know Lang as well and her story and the fact that the two of them lost parents and know that feeling, is why everyone feels so strongly To get to be a part of that again and to get to work with Poorna and Maitreyi again and maybe get a chance to explore Mohan and Nalini’s relationship and their origin story and their love story, that would be too good an opportunity to pass up. I’d jump at the chance.”
What will happen in Never Have I Ever season 2?
WARNING: This section contains major spoilers from Never Have I Ever season 1
The season one finale left a lot of storylines open-ended with the big question being whether Devi would be embarking on a romance with former high school nemesis Ben after the pair ended up locking lips in what played out like a contemporary take on Pride and Prejudice.
However, while Devi was kissing Ben, she also received a message from resident high school jock Paxton, who finally decided he wanted to give things a try with her despite her “dorky” exterior.
Given Devi’s penchant to act irrationally, she could well self-sabotage her burgeoning relationship with Ben for the high school hottie.
There are also questions about Ben’s romance with Shira (Hanna Stein) after it seemed unclear whether the pair had split up.
Along with this love triangle, season two is likely to delve further into Devi’s grief after losing her father.
Fans can also expect more culture clashes and Devi dropped into embarrassing situations, some of which will be of her own making.
Her mother Nalini will also be struggling to cope with her own grief somewhat and raising the unruly teen.
Kamala’s love life is likely to get some more screen time as well after she and suitor Prashant decided to keep seeing each other on the low without their respective parents’ knowledge.
There’s much scope for many of the other characters in the series as well with Fabiola exploring her lesbian identity and relationship with Eve, while Eleanor continues to contend with the complex relationship with her mother.
A second season could also open the door for new characters depending on the direction of the story.
Speaking about another series, Ramakrishnan said she was rooting for her character and hoping she dealt with her grief.
She told Variety: “Personally for me, I want it to be Team Devi.”
The star added: “She needs to learn how to love herself and accept her grief for her father, be kinder to her family and her friends and realize she’s not the nicest and she’s not really a delight that she thinks she is.”
Never Have I Ever is streaming on Netflix now
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