Aziz Ansari Is Coming Back to Television with Another Season of ‘Master of None’

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It’s weird that Aziz Ansari has been out of the public eye since a woman accused him of being a little awkward while she was consensually giving him a blowjob and said that’s basically the same as rape. Can you believe that was actually a story?

Aziz already had another stand-up special at Netflix, and now he’s bringing back his prestige comedy Master of None for a third season of Netflix after several years on hiatus, Variety reports.

The season is expected to be a departure for the show, and it’s believed to focus on Lena Waithe’s character, Denise. Early reports about the third season indicated that Naomi Ackie (“The End of the F***ing World”) would join the cast.

In 2017, Waithe and Ansari won an Emmy for outstanding comedy writing for the Season 2 episode “Thanksgiving,” which focused on her character’s struggles with her family. (In its first season, “Master of None” also won an Emmy for writing, with Ansari and Yang sharing the accolade.)

I also didn’t even realize had gone out of business until I read this Variety story, but I had also forgotten existed until I read this Variety story.

Moving the focus off of Ansari’s Dev and onto Lena Waithe’s Denise rings true with Ansari previously having said he would have to have some big life event before doing a third season because he doesn’t have anything else to say about being a single guy in New York. Denise would have a much different experience than Dev and the writing would be more based on Waithe’s experiences, giving it the fresh aspect Ansari thought was missing that caused the hiatus in the first place.

I enjoyed Master of None’s initial run, and I’m glad to see Netflix is still willing to do smaller shows like this. We all thought streaming would be a place where shows with small but passionate audiences and critical acclaim could find homes, but Netflix and other streamers have turned out to be even more cutthroat than the broadcast networks when it comes to handing out cancellations. It seems like maybe that small, indie feel of the old Netflix isn’t entirely gone and replaced with Kevin James as a race car driver or owner or whatever.

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