Maitreyi Ramakrishnan Has Some “Never Have I Ever” Spinoff Ideas That Include Trent and Nirmala
Season four of Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever” may have just dropped but we’re already thinking about how we can see Devi and friends again. The Maitreyi Ramakrishnan-led teen dramedy is ending with this final season, as Devi heads off to college after completing her senior year of high school.
Back in 2022, series creator Mindy Kaling was upfront about why she wanted the show to conclude with four seasons. “I’m old-school, so I come from ‘The Office,’ where that show went on for nine seasons, and ‘[The] Mindy Project’ went on for six seasons, but those were shows that weren’t about high school,” she told POPSUGAR at the time. “In the beginning, I thought, ‘Oh, I could do this show forever and ever,’ but then you see these kids and it’s scary how old they look by the end of the season. Then you wait a year to shoot again, and you’re like, ‘Oh, this is why high school shows wrap it up in four seasons.’ When [showrunner Lang Fisher] suggested, ‘What if we try to do all of their storylines in four years?’ it really did end up making sense.”
“I absolutely would consider doing that if there was a demand.”
Kaling did, however, tease that she’d be open to the possibility of continuing Devi and friends – Paxton (Darren Barnet), Ben (Jaren Lewison), Fabiola (Lee Rodriguez), Eleanor (Ramona Young), Aneesa (Megan Suri) – stories in a spinoff. “Oh my gosh. Absolutely. I absolutely would consider doing that if there was a demand,” she shared. “I’ve never thought about a spinoff actually. It’s a fun thought experiment, but I haven’t actually thought of one.”
Of which character she’d potentially focus on for another show, Kaling admitted Benjamin Norris’s Trent, aka Eleanor’s beau, could be an interesting choice. “Honestly, he’s so funny to me,” she said. “He really makes me laugh, so finding out [more about] Trent and seeing what his haircare routine is every morning. I would definitely watch that show. I’d definitely like to write that show.”
Ramakrishnan agrees, too. When chatting with POPSUGAR this month, she also suggested Trent get his own series. “He’s just the coolest,” she said. “He truly is an enigma. Benjamin Norris, who plays Trent, is an amazing soul. I’m so biased, but I love him so much. I wanna see him be a lead one day. For real. He’s just amazing.”
She had a backup idea too: the adventures of Nirmala Vishwakumar aka Pati, played by Ranjita Chakravarty. “She’s really rich,” says Ramakrishnan. “So I’d love to see her go on some like crazy adventures. That’d be so sick. “
“Never Have I Ever” season four is now streaming on Netflix.