Trailer: Lena Waithe, Naomi Ackie to star in Master of None Season 3
James R | On 27, Apr 2021
Master of None is returning to Netflix for Season 3 this May, and a new trailer gives us a look at the show’s notable change in direction and focus, with Lena Waithe and Naomi Ackie both taking the lead.
The original comedy, which starred and was created by Aziz Ansari, was a hit when it premiered back in 2016, as it followed a jobbing minority actor trying to jump-start his career in the industry. It was co-created with Alan Yang, who also served as an executive producers along with Michael Schur, Dave Becky, David Miner and Igor Srubshchik. Yang and Ansari won an Emmy for Season 1 for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.
Since the show’s second season in 2017, Ansari became surrounded by controversy involving a #eToo accusation that sparked a conversation online about the importance of consent and the boundaries between a bad date and sexual misconduct. Ansari has been largely out of the public eye after then, although he returned to Netflix in 2019 for a stand-up special. Now, he’s returning to Netflix for Master of None Season 3, but will not be in front of the camera for it.
Instead, Season 3 will chronicle the relationship of Denise (Lena Waithe) and her partner Alicia (Naomi Ackie). Directed by Ansari and scripted by Ansari and Waithe, the new season is a modern love story that intimately illustrates the ups and downs of marriage, struggles with fertility, and personal growth both together and apart. Fleeting romantic highs meet crushing personal losses while existential questions of love and living are raised.
The season premieres on 23rd May. Here’s the trailer:
Master of None is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £9.99 monthly subscription.
Netflix “would be happy” to make a third season of Master of None
31st July 2018
Netflix “would be happy” to make a third season of Master of None, the streaming giant has officially declared.
The original comedy, which stars and was created by Aziz Ansari, was an immediate hit when it premiered back in 2016, as it followed a jobbing minority actor trying to jump-start his career in the industry. It was co-created with Alan Yang, who also served as an executive producers along with Michael Schur, Dave Becky, David Miner and Igor Srubshchik. Yang and Ansari won an Emmy for Season 1 for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.
Season 2 was ordered swiftly, catching up with Dev (Ansari) as he returned to New York to take on challenges in his personal and family life, a new career opportunity, and a complex, developing relationship with someone very meaningful to him.
That debuted back in May 2017 and there has since been no word on any further seasons – an especially unusual period of radio silence for a Netflix project. During that period, Ansari became surrounded by controversy, when an article accused him of sexual misconduct, detailing the account of a woman who went on a date with him and alleged that he coerced her into sexual activity, ignoring her verbal and emotional cues of discomfort.
Ansari responded with a statement saying he was “surprised and concerned” to learn of her discomfort. The article sparked a debate online about the importance of consent and the boundaries between a bad date and sexual misconduct.
Since then, Ansari has kept a low profile, and Netflix has not given any indication of whether it would continue with Master of None or not. At this weekend’s TCA press tour, though, Netflix VP of Original Content Cindy Holland was asked directly about a third season.
“We certainly have given some thought to it,” Holland said. “We certainly would be happy to make another season of Master of None with Aziz.”
She also told reporters that she has not spoken with Ansari since the story was published.