“We’re figuring it out; I need some time to refill my head,” Ansari told reporters during Netflix’s presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif, admitting that because the first season was so personal, he wants to make sure that “whatever we do for season two lives up to what we made in the first season.”
Yang concurred, “We really put a lot of aspects of our life into this show, and that’s part of the reason we don’t want to rush into season two.”
Still, the show’s future isn’t in doubt, as far as the creators are concerned. “We’d love to do it — we’ll figure it out,” said Ansari.
Though a second season pickup has not been made official by Netflix, insiders tell Variety that the series is all but renewed, as final negotiations are being worked out with Universal TV, the studio behind “Master of None.” Both the studio and Netflix have declined to comment, but a Season 2 announcement is expected in the near future.
Season 1 ended on an ambiguous note, which Ansari said was purposeful, in terms of the show potentially picking up in Japan, Italy or elsewhere. “We have a bunch of ideas bouncing around in our heads — it’s a little early to say anything,” he said when pressed on specific storylines for the sophomore season.
One aspect of “Master of None” that the cast and creators were certain about was the joy of working with Netflix.
“Everything people have said about it is true, they’re dream partners,” Yang confirmed. “They put a lot of trust in the creators.”
Ansari agreed, “It’s not like they wouldn’t give any notes… [but] if we’d say ‘I don’t think that works,’ they’d believe us.” He quipped that he’s heard from a lot of friends in the industry who enviously say “I’ve heard it’s great over there,” pointing out that Netflix is hands-off enough that “they let me put my dad in the show!”