According to Trademarkia.com, a site housing legal trademarks and legal registrations, the trademark for the Velma series has been abandoned. The original trademark was registered on the day the series was first announced, February 10, 2021, but Trademarkia lists that on July 11, 2022, Jeanene Jobst of Warner Brothers officially filed to abandon the trademark. This means that Warner Brothers is no longer interested in the series. It doesn't necessarily mean that other networks will not pick up the series, but it presumably means that the series will not happen and will likely be cancelled soon.
A member of the ScoobyAddicts forum with an associate that has a connection within Hanna-Barbera Studios also shared what seems to be an internal record from a different site, which confirms the same information about the abandoned trademark. (This can be seen above)
While there has been no official announcement that the series is cancelled, this seems to imply that Velma is no longer moving forward.
Thank you to Hippyboy86 and Dizagaox from the ScoobyAddicts forum for sharing this information!
8/10/2022 10:14:06 am
8/12/2022 08:31:37 am
Thank you, God!! What a great news!!
8/10/2022 11:07:09 am
Well, I am disappointed. I was looking forward to giving it its fair chance.
8/10/2022 11:32:55 am
I was looking forward to seeing what this was as well, although I would say my feelings are more worry for Scooby in general. It seems like they're on track to cancel everything, and I could see Mystery Pups getting the axe next.
8/10/2022 02:21:28 pm
Same here… I don’t think that anyone who is happy about this realizes what this very well could mean for the future of the franchise…
8/10/2022 03:38:06 pm
I don't think that they will cancel Mystery Pups or any of the preschool shows like Bugs Bunny Builders, Bat Wheels, or Tom and Jerry Time because building your child audience through a preschool show is the one way to ensure a franchise's lasting durability. An outlet to get people to buy merch and kids to watch newer shows in the future. It's also kind of seen as a public service, something that any studio would want to make to make the execs look good.
8/10/2022 04:23:18 pm
That's a great point, I really hope that's what will happen.
8/10/2022 06:15:48 pm
Warner Bros. already announced they wanna move away from animation and kids content in general, which makes me feel as if they're planning to cancel Mystery Pups as well.
8/10/2022 06:43:27 pm
I kind of wonder if they're even going to go ahead with Cartoonito. Not trying to be alarmist, but right now it seems like anything is possible given they cancelled Scoob! Holiday Haunt when it was nearly finished.
8/10/2022 11:37:53 am
I'm honestly glad. It's series like these that ruin Scooby Doo.
8/10/2022 12:28:35 pm
He and the gang deserve better
8/10/2022 01:09:05 pm
I don’t mean to be rude, but I don’t understand how one show with a concept you don’t like would “ruin” Scooby Doo. At worst, it could just be ignored
8/10/2022 02:49:56 pm
I agree with Matt on this one. Even if Velma ended up being a trainwreck, it wouldn't have affected any future Scooby content. Worst case scenario, even if it did somehow change the course of the franchise (which is very unlikely), it wouldn't somehow wreck the 53 years of previous Scooby content.
8/11/2022 10:08:59 am
It's not something anyone asked for. Why focus on one person of the gang and twist around their story?
8/11/2022 10:52:38 am
I feel like I heard Mindy Kaling was thinking about doing this story with another franchise, but then it didn't get picked up, so she chose Scooby because she really identified with Velma as a kid. Not sure if that's true, though.
8/11/2022 12:22:37 pm
Whether anyone asked for it or not (I feel like many people actually HAVE wanted something of the sort for an older audience ever since Riverdale did it with the Archie comics, so I absolutely 100% disagree when you say that nobody asked for it) still doesn’t make it ruin the rest of Scooby Doo. I’m sorry but that is a complete overreaction
8/11/2022 01:31:56 pm
Agreed, even if Velma was awful, it doesn't mean all the previous content will be ruined. Many people hate Get a Clue so they just skip over it, so I imagine the same could happen here.
8/14/2022 07:17:17 am
Look at riverdale, supergirl, and batwoman. all these shows had problems that hurt shows that were gonna be made to be connected to thier respective universe.
8/15/2022 10:32:28 am
I’m not sure why you would think that it would affect any future additions to those universes, but it is absolutely unfair to prematurely judge this show without it even having a chance, and saying that it would hurt future shows in a universe, especially one with as much quantity as Scooby Doo. Because you haven’t seen it at all
8/10/2022 02:38:06 pm
I was not excited for this show or looking forward to it much, what I'm worried about is the Scooby franchise in general right now, what this could mean for the future.
8/10/2022 02:51:11 pm
As much as I hate to say it, I feel like Mystery Pups may be next. I don't think we'd get any announcement for Krypto if it were cancelled, since it was never officially announced in the first place.
8/12/2022 05:06:21 am
The weird thing is that Mystery Pups was announced under the Discovery leadership, so why would Zaslav let it through just to cancel it before it comes out? That would be very strange.
8/12/2022 07:21:16 am
That's what I find really strange too. I also find it odd they had Velma be a part of that panel the week before Mystery Pups was announced if they were just going to cancel it. I know it's not certain that it's cancelled (since it could just be renamed like a couple people have mentioned in the comments), but it's still odd.
8/10/2022 02:46:29 pm
Wow…Holiday Haunt, this, they BETTER have plans to bring back Scooby like omg this is beyond annoying at this point.
8/10/2022 02:51:55 pm
I hope so too! Honestly though, WB-Discovery just seems like chaos at the moment, so I don't know if even they know what the next steps will be.
8/10/2022 02:57:04 pm
This doesn't necessarily mean the show isn't happening; they might have just changed the title.
8/10/2022 04:23:43 pm
Fair point. Hopefully that's the case!
8/10/2022 02:57:57 pm
Honestly the saddest thing to have happened to the franchise. I was so looking forward to this. I am devastated, literally. This is very bad news for the entire franchise.
8/10/2022 04:24:49 pm
I know a lot of people were skeptical of Velma, but I was also really looking forward to seeing what this series would be like. It's extremely sad they're just cancelling all the Scooby projects like this. Hopefully Mystery Pups and Trick or Treat are still happening.
8/10/2022 05:44:11 pm
To me it seems like they are scrapping projects because of the projects themselves not because of the franchise it came from if they were going to stop the franchise I feel like they would have said so or maybe scrap all scooby doo projects at once I could see them maybe slow down a bit until things are sorted out at warner discovery but I don't see it being the end of the franchise as a whole.
8/10/2022 06:05:26 pm
I also don't think it will mean the end of the franchise, or that it's anything specific to the Scooby franchise that's causing them to cancel all this stuff. It just seems like Zaslav has a radical philosophy on how to make things more cost-effective, and pretty much every property that's owned by WB has the possibility of having projects cancelled since the company is at such a turning point with the merger.
8/10/2022 08:38:08 pm
Honestly I feel like they are going to focus on the aspects of the franchise that make rather than scrap the franchise entirely.
8/10/2022 09:56:43 pm
I don't think they'd scrap the franchise completely; that would be a huge mistake and loss of money for them. Hopefully what's going to happen is maybe there will be only a couple years with much less Scooby content during the restructuring, and then we'll start getting more regular content again.
8/10/2022 08:48:48 pm
First Holiday Haunt! and now Velma will be getting the boot too?
8/10/2022 08:54:07 pm
I don't understand!
8/10/2022 10:00:07 pm
It's because of the new WB-Discovery CEO, David Zaslav's philosophy about streaming shows not making enough money. It's really unfortunate, but I'm hoping they don't cancel any other Scooby projects now that they've cancelled these two.
8/10/2022 09:40:14 pm
Chances are they are renaming it something else, i really don't care about this series as a darker scooby series is welcome, something as adult as they were seemly going for isn't the route to go to, at least not at first. Espically if they can't even let the gang encounter real monster in the movies anymore. >:(
8/10/2022 09:55:18 pm
That's certainly possible, although I wouldn't put it past them to have cancelled this given what they did with Holiday Haunt, and considering it had a lot of controversy around it.
8/11/2022 01:52:04 am
Huh, don't know what to feel about this, was generally not looking forward to it, simply cause I feel a largely all ages franchise should stay all ages... but well with everything else WB has done lately just depresses me all the more, perhaps I should try to take advantage of Warner Archive's sale before that's shuttered too...
8/11/2022 09:52:16 am
It is extremely depressing to see everything cancelled like this. I hope this is the last of the Scooby projects to get cut.
8/11/2022 02:16:42 am
Naming it something instead of Velma might be so, and that's something I never thought of.
8/11/2022 09:50:34 am
I hadn't realized Netflix was cutting back on their children's programming too. It's surprising to know that Cartoonito is already cutting back its hours. I guess if the current hours reduced even further, we'll know that it's not doing well.
8/11/2022 03:57:02 am
Probably for the best but not good seeing WB killing off Scooby, are we possibly entering another period like the 90s?
8/11/2022 09:45:05 am
I could see us entering another 90s like period, but even then, I think that would only be temporary. The 90s only had three consecutive years without Scooby content (if you count "Bravo Dooby Doo").
8/11/2022 12:26:37 pm
See, I would’ve been okay with a 90s period if it resulted in another masterpiece like Zombie Island as a comeback if you asked me a year or two ago
8/11/2022 01:30:20 pm
Totally agreed. I know people credit Zombie Island for the franchise's revival, and rightfully so, but I think sometimes people forget how big of an impact the reruns on Cartoon Network in the 90s had on the franchise's revival.
8/12/2022 04:08:30 am
Having grown up on Scooby reruns I know exactly what you mean!
8/12/2022 07:23:08 am
My parents taping reruns in the early 90s on VHS and showing them to me is actually how I first discovered Scooby. I think the 90s reruns are responsible for a large majority of people getting into the franchise.
8/13/2022 07:51:08 am
Oh yeah that was me to, plus a couple of official video releases, one even came with a free t-shirt!
8/13/2022 05:29:47 pm
That's cool one of them came with a free t-shirt! I don't recall them doing that for any releases in the US.
8/11/2022 04:21:10 am
David Zaslav must be stopped.
8/11/2022 06:07:06 am
Wow two Scooby Doo projects just getting axed like that. I wonder what that means for the franchise or any other Warner bros animation project.
8/11/2022 09:35:08 am
I think it would've been more worthwhile to have spun SCOOB off into a TV series of its own instead of "Velma." Maybe with "Jellystone!" that might be redundant, but there's a little something called the DC Universe. And if they didn't want a bunch of HB characters in a SCOOB TV series, then they could just focus on the Gang.
8/11/2022 09:51:36 am
I remember a bunch of people suggesting a TV series around the time Tony Cervone talked about a follow-up to SCOOB!, and I thought that would be a great idea. I think a majority of fans probably would have enjoyed that.
8/11/2022 10:16:13 am
Next month is Scooby's birthday 🤎
8/11/2022 03:51:19 pm
The Warner Bros/ Discovery partnership is the absolute worst thing to happen to WB animation. Why’d that even happen!? We’re losing So many Scooby projects, even if it was just 2 upcoming projects.
8/11/2022 10:03:35 pm
I couldn't agree more. I mean, the blunt answer for why it happened is money lol, although I really wish it hadn't happened.
8/12/2022 04:46:34 am
The Discovery partnership should just stop altogether!
8/12/2022 03:52:00 pm
This sucks! I really wanted to see how this series would go. I tell ya, this is NOT the year for animation.
8/13/2022 07:18:05 am
No kidding lol.
8/12/2022 07:48:47 pm
I love this site. I’m a lurker, though. I love hearing all of your opinions and this is one time where I feel like voicing my own. Forgive my lack of brevity; I went off the rails. I’m just a stranger who watches Scooby Doo day in, day out, who’s been waiting for the franchise to rediscover its soul for far too long. I don’t know if it’s in line with the silent majority of Scooby Doo fans or not, but here’s my two cents.
8/13/2022 01:42:15 am
Very interesting read, a different take from most of what I've seen in response to the latest pieces of news. While I don't agree with a decent number of things you've said, I'm glad someone's taken a stance like this in the discourse.
8/13/2022 06:12:20 pm
Thanks. With a property that’s been around for as long as Scooby Doo has, with a ton of different versions, it stands to reason that we don’t all see it the exact same way. But I think we have enough common ground.
8/13/2022 07:46:12 am
This is a really interesting perspective; thank you for sharing it, Teddy!
8/13/2022 07:31:43 pm
Thanks, it’s nice to join in the conversation for a change!
8/14/2022 10:10:12 am
I totally agree with you about nostalgia, and I like your example about the opera singer. My biggest issue with Guess Who is that the nostalgia didn't feel genuine. It felt forced, and the Easter Eggs were just referencing things from the same pool over and over. Yes, we got that off reference to 13 Ghosts and a couple others, but for the most part, they just referenced stuff from Where Are You over and over. Given there's 50 years of Scooby content they could have drawn from, them just referencing Where Are You over and over didn't really feel creative. Part of the fun of Easter Eggs is having something obscure referenced that you haven't heard about in a long time. I also think it's generally a good practice to have Easter Eggs being occasional, rather than making them so constant you feel like you're being hit over the head with them (like Guess Who did)
8/14/2022 12:24:06 pm
Worth making it clear that Jeremy Adams wrote Return to Zombie Island. Tim Sheridan only wrote Curse of the 13th Ghost. Mentioning only Tim when talking about both movies might not give the most accurate representation of the background information of both films together. Obviously Jeremy experienced the same issues as Tim with the exec meddling though.
8/14/2022 09:19:02 pm
Sorry, I knew that. I didn't word my comment very clearly when I was switching back and forth between talking about just 13th Ghost and both of the films.
8/16/2022 07:36:32 am
This show's future might not look so grim with Hippyboy86's latest comment here:
8/16/2022 09:19:41 am
That's great news! Thanks so much for this info!
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