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Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 4:01PM EDT
Champions unable to find a new home after NBC's cancelation
Universal Television had been shopping the sitcom from Mindy Kaling since it was canceled in June.
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia hasn't run out of things to say in Season 13
Source: The New Yorker
After all, says Ian Crouch, "a group of reactionary, mean-spirited, lying degenerates seems perfectly suited to the moment." He adds: "Yet while the series has, over the years, made surprisingly cogent arguments about everything from gun control to mental illness, its true dedication has been to its own flavor of nonsense, and to itself. In these later stages, it has taken to consuming its own history and probing the question of whether it should even exist anymore." ALSO: Kaitlin Olson talks working with Mindy Kaling and having less improv in Season 13.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 10:03PM EDT
Mindy Kaling helped It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia bring its toxic subtext to the surface
Kaling's appearance as Cindy in the Season 13 premiere wasn't just as any foil. "As she herself puts it, she’s a 'brown-skinned girl,' and so her eventual ejection from the Gang, while inevitable, feels different from previous iterations of this storyline," says Inkoo Kang. "The Sunny writers know that their morally grotesque characters are uncomfortable around black people, routinely stereotype other people of color, and mistreat women on a regular basis. (One of the show’s most remarkable aspects is its high-wire ability to engage in politically incorrect humor that seldom feels like it’s punching down.) But women and people of color are rarely suggested as substitutions for one of the Gang’s members, so Cindy’s ousting becomes one of the show’s most forceful reminders that, while the group regularly brushes off outsiders, that closed-mindedness includes a refusal to treat anyone who’s not a white man as a potential coequal. If the Gang previously seemed like dirtbags whose actions largely happened to be racist and sexist, Cindy’s expulsion suggests that their uglier qualities were meant to be the text, rather than the subtext, all along." ALSO: Rob McElhenney explained how hard it was to get his body ripped for this season.
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 2:41PM EDT
Champions teen star Josie Totah comes out as transgender
In a Time essay, the 17-year-old Totah, star of the canceled NBC sitcom, writes about being transgender: "This is not something that just happened. This is not a choice that I made. When I was five, long before I understood what the word gender meant, I would always tell my mother that I wished I were a girl. Since I could speak in full sentences, I was like, 'Give me a dress!' I always knew on some level that I was female. But it crystallized about three years ago when I was a 14-year-old watching the show I Am Jazz with my mother." Champions co-creator Mindy Kaling tweeted her support for Totah: "I love you, Josie. I’m so glad you’re able to speak your truth and live as your authentic self. You’re also so damn talented - I can’t wait to write for you again!"
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
NBC cancels Mindy Kaling's Champions after one season
The Peacock decided to axe the Kaling co-created comedy at the last minute because cast contracts were expiring this weekend. Universal TV is trying to shop the comedy to another outlet. Netflix, which shows Champions internationally, opted not to save the comedy and order a second season.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
Many TV favorites have been invited to become Oscar voters, from Mindy Kaling to Andre Braugher
The Academy's new Oscar voters also include Sarah Silverman, Hank Azaria, Kyra Sedgwick, Michael K. Williams, George Lopez, Christine Baranski, Alison Brie, Rashida Jones, Dave Chappelle, Anna Chlumsky, Wendell Pierce, Olivia Colman, Gina Rodriguez, Yeardley Smith, Ken Jeong, Kumail Nanjiani, Pedro Pascal, Ann Dowd, Lena Headey and Randall Park.
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Posted Tuesday 6/19/18 at 5:37PM EDT
Mindy Kaling is coming to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Kaling tweeted a photo this morning of her reading a script from the FXX series.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Mindy Kaling delivered the commencement address at her alma mater Dartmouth
Source: E! Online
Kaling discussed everything from the challenges of single motherhood to the importance of buying a plunger in her 17-minute address to graduates. She also had a special message for the men in the audience: "When you go on dates, act as if every woman you're talking to is a reporter for an online publication that you are scared of. One shouldn't need the threat of public exposure and scorn to treat women well; but if that's what it's gonna take, fine. Date like everyone's watching, because we are."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Roseanne executive producer recalls the "shock" of learning of cancelation on the first day working on Season 2
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Dave Caplan says "there was a lot of bittersweet hellos — and a couple hours later, a lot of very difficult goodbyes." He says the writing staff first learned about the cancelation via the media. "Everybody is still in shock at how quickly this all went down," he says. "It's unfortunate because the writers did pass on other jobs to take this job and nobody really knows yet what kind of compensation they're going to get. Everybody is a little bit on edge about how it's going to turn out. But we all know it's a wasted opportunity to write more episodes."
- ABC president apologizes to Roseanne's now-unemployed staff: "We're so sorry they were swept up in all of this and we give thanks to their remarkable talents, wish them well and hope to find another way to work together down the road."
- Roseanne Barr tweets "I’m not a racist. I never was & I never will be" before retweeting an anti-Valerie Jarrett Wikileaks document dump
- Dictionary searches for "racist" have skyrocketed in the past 24 hours
- Ambien maker responds to Roseanne's Ambien defense: "racism is not a known side effect"
- Mindy Kaling offers to "write things" for Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman
- Lena Dunham responds to Kaling's tweet, offering to do a spinoff "starring Darlene’s cool kids"
- Whoopi Goldberg slams Roseanne for retweeting a fake anti-Trump meme about her
- From Jackie to Darlene to Jackie and Darlene: Five ways Roseanne could return without Roseanne Barr
- Jimmy Kimmel imagines a Roseanne-less Roseanne show that focuses on Dan Conner
- Why Roseanne can't carry on without Roseanne Barr: She'll undermine the show with her tweeting
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus responds to Roseanne with an Instagram picture with "my pal" Valerie Jarrett
- Shonda Rhimes blasts Roseanne's Ambien defense, tells her to "#ownyouractions"
- Bill Maher -- who also was canceled by ABC amid controversy -- gets caught in the Roseanne cancelation crossfire
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
Seth Meyers reunites former Office colleagues Mindy Kaling and Ellie Kemper
Source: E! Online
Kaling and Kemper, who were booked on Late Night to promote separate projects (Ocean's 8 and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) back-to-back, reminisced about their Office past and their girl group Subtle Sexuality.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Hulu upfronts: Mindy Kaling takes shots at rivals Netflix and Amazon Prime
Hulu brought Kaling on stage at its upfronts presentation this morning to slam the streaming service's competitors. “Hulu doesn’t just drown you with 12 episodes of a show all at once, and then an Adam Sandler movie every other week," she said. "And Hulu also isn’t an add on to the website where you buy tampons and garden hoses.”
- Kaling's Four Weddings and a Funeral limited series gets a Hulu order
- Hulu will allow subscribers to download shows for offline viewing
- Hulu reaches 20 million subscribers
- Hulu orders Ramy, a comedy based on Egyptian-American Muslim comedian Ramy Youssef's life
- Castle Rock from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King gets a new trailer and a July 25 premiere date
- Hulu's Blumhouse TV horror anthology series, featuring Dermot Mulroney, will be called Into the Dark, with new episodes arriving the first Friday every month starting Oct. 5
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 10:49PM EDT
Mindy Kaling on her admiration for Ken Burns: "I hope he never dies"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
“I just finished The Vietnam War by Ken Burns,” she says. “Watching that documentary doesn’t really have a big overlap in writing romantic comedies, but it was just so amazing and I couldn’t believe we work in the same medium, and Ken Burns is just so incredible. I hope he never dies.”
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Mindy Kaling had to adjust from writing for Mindy Lahiri to writing for a white guy on Champions
Kaling says of writing for Anders Holm: "Mindy Lahiri would say such crazy things and such questionable things, and when it comes from my mouth, when you’re a 5’3″ Indian American woman with dark skin, it has a very different impact than when it comes from a white man that’s 6’3″. The way that it looks on camera is very different — the level of privilege. How things come across is just completely different. I had to write things that were more palatable coming from his mouth." ALSO: Kaling responds to a meme comparing her and The Office's Kelly Kapoor.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 7:02AM EST
Mindy Kaling's Champions is a lot like The Mindy Project, except it's about a 15-year-old gay teen
Source: The New York Times
The NBC comedy Kaling created with Mindy writer Charlie Grandy and The Mindy Project have "the same constant ticker of references and perky zingers, as well as similar personnel: Anders Holm and Fortune Feimster are both playing versions of their Mindy characters," says Margaret Lyons. "The main difference is that rather than centering on a pop-culture-obsessed, melodramatic 30-something doctor (Mindy), it’s centered on a pop-culture-obsessed, melodramatic 15-year-old gay kid (Michael). And it works."
- Champions is a show that fans of comedy and Kaling will find familiar, for good or bad
- Champions could be fantastic with some adjustment, but it's a bit too disjointed
- Basically every one of the teen's line of dialogue could be something Mindy on The Mindy Project could've said
- Here are the seven hallmarks of a Mindy Kaling show
Posted Saturday 3/03/18 at 1:25AM EST
Mindy Kaling has sought baby advice from James Corden, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey
Source: The Today Show
"He has a baby who is my baby’s age," Kaling says of The Late Late Show host, who also has to juggle having a new baby with work. "I did his show a couple of weeks ago. He told me the best thing you can do for a baby is constantly talk to them, even if you feel like you’re babbling to them,” said Kaling. “Since he told me that, I’ve been talking to her so much."