After four years, “Master of None” is coming back for a third season — but without Aziz Ansari in the spotlight.
Netflix announced Monday that a new season of the comedy series, which is loosely based on Ansari’s real-life experiences, will arrive May 23. But unlike the first two seasons, which starred Ansari and had 10 episodes each, this five-episode season will focus on Lena Waithe and Naomi Ackie’s characters as they navigate their romance.
Ansari directed the season and co-wrote it with Waithe. His character Dev does not appear at all in the trailer, which dropped Monday.
According to Netflix, the season follows Denise (Waithe) and Alicia (Ackie) in “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 description adds.
This is the first new season of “Master of None” since Ansari was accused of sexual misconduct by a former date in a Babe.net story from January 2018. The second season of “Master of None” came out in May 2017.
In the Babe story, the accuser, who was identified by a pseudonym, said the two were at his apartment on a date when he undressed her and pressured her into oral sex.
“I know I was physically giving off cues that I wasn’t interested. I don’t think that was noticed at all, or if it was, it was ignored,” she wrote. “I said ‘I don’t want to feel forced because then I’ll hate you, and I’d rather not hate you.’ ”
After four years, "Master of None" is coming back for a third season — but with Aziz Ansari stepping out of the spotlight. (Photo: Netflix)
At the time, Ansari, who said he supports the #MeToo movement, said in a statement he thought the sexual activity was consensual, but “(t)he next day, I got a text from her saying that although ‘it may have seemed okay,’ upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable.’ It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. … I took her words to heart.”
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Ansari, who is also an executive producer on “Master of None” alongside Waithe and Ackie, later discussed the accusation at a February 2019 comedy show, Vulture reported. He also talked about it again during a subsequent show in Australia, The Guardian reported.
According to Vulture, Ansari took a somber moment during his set to address the allegations, saying he hopes he’s “become a better person.”
Ansari’s Netflix comedy special “Aziz Ansari Right Now” came out in 2019, and in 2020 he reprised his “Parks and Recreation” role for a reunion special.
Aziz Ansari lands Netflix special, marking biggest return since sexual misconduct allegation
Contributing: Bill Keveney
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