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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
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
New book argues that female-driven shows have contibuted to TV renaissance
Author and TV critic Joy Press' Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television chronicles 12 shows that revolutionized the way women are seen on TV, from The Mindy Project to Murphy Brown to Roseanne and New Girl. "The offerings by female showrunners and shows focused on the female experience were few and far between when I started out" writing about TV in 2000, says Press, "but around 2011 it felt like something changed and there was a flood of really interesting shows coming down the pipeline that had mostly female creators and an exciting range of female leads and female experience." ALSO: Read an excerpt from the book about "feminist hero" Murphy Brown.
Posted Sunday 1/07/18 at 3:33AM EST
U.S. Army’s official Twitter account “liked” Mindy Kaling’s Office-themed tweet mocking President Trump
The Hill discovered that the U.S. Army liked Kaling's tweet of an image of Kelly Kapoor with the caption, "You guys, I’m like really smart now, you don't even know.” The tweet appeared to be mocking President Trump's tweet Saturday that “my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.” The U.S. Army later removed the "like" without comment. ALSO: The Mindy Project’s Fortune Feimster gets engaged, and Kaling will officiate at her wedding.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 10:23PM EST
Mindy Kaling: “I’ve had a busy week!”
The Mindy Project star didn’t mention giving birth in an Instagram post today, but she did point out she’s throwing a “You’ve Got Mail Norah Ephron-themed holiday dinner” with “the young women that work with me.”
Posted Wednesday 12/20/17 at 10:03PM EST
Mindy Kaling paid tribute to her late mother with her newborn daughter’s middle name
Katherine Swati Kaling was named in honor of Swati Roysircar, who died in January 2012 due to complications of pancreatic cancer.
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 9:22PM EST
Mindy Kaling welcomes a baby glrl
The Mindy Project star gave birth to Katherine Kaling on Dec. 15.
Posted Wednesday 11/15/17 at 1:33PM EST
Mindy Kaling: I’d love to revive The Mindy Project in 10 or 20 years
“I will say I love the cast so much and feel so personally close to them — I'm going to Thanksgiving at Ike Barinholtz's house and I go every year, and I love Chris (Messina) and we were texting about how much we love the movie Lady Bird last week, so I feel like I'm in touch with them a lot,” she says. “But it would be nice in a while to come back in some way, shape or form 10 years down the line, 20 years down the line, because my friendships are so strong with the cast and with the writers that I don't think they're going away, which is nice.”
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 10:11PM EST
With The Mindy Project series finale, Mindy Kaling “achieved what she set out to do with this series”
“It started out as the vehicle that would demonstrate how Kaling could graduate from breakout supporting player on The Office to headliner status,” says Ken Tucker. “When the show premiered on Fox, it was the first sitcom created by and starring an Indian-American performer, and Kaling was well on her way to being a pop-culture influencer, thanks to her 2011 bestselling comic memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and a series of killer talk-show appearances. The Mindy Project was conceived by Kaling to be the sitcom equivalent of a ’90s rom-com brought up-to-date and up-to-the-minute, packed with pop-culture references and a knowing irony. It succeeded despite never becoming a huge hit, and survived after being canceled by Fox in 2015 and moving over to Hulu.”
- Mindy Kaling loves love, so there was no other way she was going to end her Hulu series
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- Chris Messina weighs in on the series finale
- Mindy Project composer Jesse Novak: “I’ve written so much music for the show and sometimes it feels crazy, but it has become a part of my brain, playing those notes.”
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 6:04AM EST
Mindy Kaling is grateful that The Mindy Project “completely changed my life” and she got to end it “on my own terms”
“Six years ago I created a show called #TheMindyProject and got to play the lead,” she tweeted as her final episode was released. “Not the sassy friend or nagging wife. It completely changed my life. 117 episodes later, it’s ending, on my own terms. That’s so rare, and I just want to say how grateful I am. Love forever, MK.” Kaling also notes that she was completely pregnant for the entire last season. “The finale I was almost 7 months along and it was a heat wave. See if you can tell…,” she added, giving credit to her staff for hiding her pregnancy so well.
Posted Wednesday 11/08/17 at 12:00AM EST
The Mindy Project used its penultimate episode to express appreciation for Gilmore Girls
“The Mindy Project is full of pop culture references, but, as a romantic comedy, the majority of references are from films,” says Leah Thomas. “Thankfully, in the penultimate episode of the series, fans finally have proof that Mindy Lahiri loves Lorelai. The Mindy Project referenced Gilmore Girls in a way that reminds us fans why the show is important to us — while poking fun at it just a tiny bit.” ALSO: The Penultimate episode was unfunny, unromantic.
Posted Thursday 10/26/17 at 2:13PM EDT
Broad City offered TV's most visceral Trump-themed episode
“Plenty of shows since last November have referenced Trump: The Good Fight, The Bold Type, The Mindy Project, Black-ish, American Horror Story: Cult,” says Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya. “Some of that commentary has been mild and broad (The Mindy Project); some has been fiery and poignant (Black-ish). But few attacks have been as incisive, direct, and visceral as Broad City’s “Witches,” which builds on the season’s existing anti-Trump sentiments, conveyed in just about every episode through protest signs, a pro-Planned Parenthood cold open, and Abbi and Ilana’s general disgust for Trump and nostalgia for Obama. ‘Witches,’ though, puts Trump-related anxiety at the forefront of the narrative.” ALSO: This season has been filled with melancholy and forced maturation.
Posted Wednesday 10/18/17 at 7:01PM EDT
Mindy Kaling is producing two comedy projects for NBC
The two potential series come from two of Kaling’s Mindy Project producers.
Posted Tuesday 9/26/17 at 5:44PM EDT
Sofia Vergara is the highest-paid TV actress for the sixth year in a row
The Modern Family star earned $41.5 million from June 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017, roughly a quarter of which actually came from her sitcom earnings, according to Forbes. Kaley Cuoco finished second with $26 million, while Mindy Kaling and Ellen Pompeo tied for third with $13 million.
Posted Wednesday 9/13/17 at 10:02PM EDT
How will The Mindy Project find an ending when it's been a neverending story?
“The question, really, is how the show will ever end without undermining its raison d’être,” says Claire Fallon. “Will Mindy find love, turning the whole show into a long romantic comedy after all? Will she remain single and hopeful, ever the winsome heroine just one meet-cute from bliss? Or will The Mindy Project find a way to resolve a show about the impossibility of endings with the inevitability of them? Now in its final season, the show needs to come to grips with the fact that every TV show must have its closing credits one day, no matter how much that distorts our expectations of reality.” PLUS: Ranking all of Mindy’s love interests, and how Mindy Lahiri became a fashion icon.