AZIZ Ansari (pic) says he knew he couldn’t be the only storyteller on Season Two of Master Of None if he wanted to keep the show’s momentum going.
The show premiered on Netflix in 2015, quickly garnering critical acclaim for honest depictions of Asian and immigrant families.
The first season relied heavily on Ansari, previously a star on Parks And Recreation, who appeared in nearly every scene.
When it came time for the follow-up, the Emmy-winning writer-comedian wanted to be more ambitious, he said during a recent interview about the show.
The second season focuses less on Ansari’s character Dev, a struggling New York actor turned food game show host, and more on supporting characters with different perspectives and plots.
Master Of None’s second season ambitions extend past just nuanced storytelling.
The creators experimented with various forms and sounds, from a black and white episode to a montage of first dates in the aptly named First Date.
Then there’s the episode (co-creator) Alan Yang directed titled New York, I Love You.
Ansari appears for barely a minute. He wanted it that way, saying he and Yang pondered doing an episode without Dev.
Instead, the creators chose to highlight New York cab drivers, doormen and a deaf convenience store worker.
“They have their drama, their love, their humour and their lives,” Ansari said. “You never see it.” He said Netflix questioned the episode at first, which incorporated eight minutes of silence. The creators stuck by their idea.
“It’s been said before if you’re not doing something that scares you a little bit, then you probably should be,” Yang said.
Yang added they don’t intentionally create provocative art, though they’re praised for doing so.
They’re not trying to shock audiences, but said he and Ansari are just naturally curious.
“When you depict people whose stories haven’t been told as often, that can lend you some originality,” Yang said. “Why not tell stories that haven’t been told as much?” – AP