Is there anything Mindy Kaling can’t do? At 35, Mindy created and stars on her own TV show, wrote and acted on The Office for eight years before that, and published a book. With The Mindy Project starting up its third season this week to the best hype it’s ever had, Mindy is on a roll. She is also carving the way for Indian-American women behind and in front of the camera on American television.
We love The Mindy Project for several reasons. Dr. Mindy Lahiri (the madcap, romcom-loving OBGYN played by writer/producer Mindy Kaling) and her sparkly girly-girl personality is one of the most winning on network TV. Her “will they or won’t they” romance with Dr. Castellano is adorable. And then there’s her wardrobe.
As the air gets a little colder, our sangria buzz wears off, and tan lines fade, we prepare to say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn — and more importantly, to the return of our favorite TV shows. You know you’re excited to have your friends from Homeland, Scandal, and New Girl back in your life. Like there’s anything else this entertaining to look forward to during your week? (We think not.)
I don’t think I’ve ever had the privilege of being in a bromance but the time I spent with Adam Pally in the elevator come pretty close — I’m just sure of it!
Whoa! I mean, he’s just the coolest and so nice! I love him in the online series, Game of Bros, and I’m obviously the biggest fan of his role as Peter Prentice on The Mindy Project. So thank goodness I got the chance to also have him question my taste and love for flannel? Haha. Perhaps my “Best of Flannel” shirt was too much for him but luckily my energy wasn’t! Adam was completely down to chat!
In fact, we talk about his life growing up in New Jersey, his thoughts on playing a gynecologist, and even his alcohol-induced online shopping addiction. He once bought a motorcycle and he hasn’t even been on one. I mean, wow! I learned so much more about Adam in this short time than I have Googling his name while watching marathons of Happy Endings reruns on VH1. Now I’m even more obsessed — heck yes!
Wigs are freedom! Who doesn’t want to take a break from their God-given mousy brown hair and wear totally unbelievable green curls now and then? Gaga does. Who wouldn’t love to rebel against their long locks and rock a short pixie for a week or so? Mindy Kaling certainly did it. On TV, in the movies, and on the red carpet, celebs have always embraced wigging out — it gives them a chance to try on different personas, stretch their wings and mask receding hairlines. And we love every minute of it.
Adam Pally is emerging as one of the most consistently funny people on TV. He was brilliant as the venomously snarky and constantly unemployed Max on Happy Endings (R.I.P.) and is killing it as bro-doc Peter Prentice on The Mindy Project. He’s also a longtime friend, after we met doing improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC back when people had to text on flip phones. That’s why I feel pretty comfortable asking him about his farts. Read more…
Over less than two seasons, The Mindy Project has featured a plethora of disastrous dating adventures for Dr. Lahiri and a as who’s who of Hollywood guest stars. Do we hate Mindy Kaling for getting to go on fictional dates with more than one of our Top 5 Celebrity Crushes? Maybe. Would we do the same thing if we had our own scripted series? Of course.
Mindy Kaling told David Lettermanlast night that one of the advantages of having a show named after you was that you can win all arguments with coworkers by pointing to the mug with your name on it. But what Letterman went on to prove was that there’s a potential drawback of having a show named after you: People assume you’re just like the main character. That’s presumably why he asked the star and creator of The Mindy Project if she ever drank herself into oblivion, the way her character on the show does.
“First, of all, even if I had I would never say that,” Kaling said. “Second of all, I went to a party school, I went to Dartmouth College. It’s a drinking college. I didn’t have parents who were liberal, like have a sip of wine at dinner. So I went from no alcohol to the only way to drink was to drink yourself into oblivion. … I kind of know one or the other, so it’s kind of like, every couple of years I have a really organized bender and then I’m out of it.”
“So you know what you’re doing — you weren’t sucked into addiction,” Letterman said. Read more…
The air is crisper and cooler; it’s a little darker when I leave the office, and the public pools are closed. I’m always of mixed emotions when we think about the end of summer, until I remember that my DVR will soon be filled with new imaginary friends and enemies. Of course, I’m also happy to see the old ones return — and you should totally have your TV locked on VH1 at all times — but I thought I’d take a second to tell you about the top 10 new shows I’ve had a chance to check out and am already either totally hooked on, or willing to ask out on a second date. Beginning with my favorite…
No one does TV pilots like J.J. Abrams. And for this one, the Lost/Alias/Felicity/Fringe creator teamed up with Iron Man director Jon Favreau and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, so it’s no wonder it looks and feels like a movie more than an hour-long drama. I am already totally hooked on the quest of a girl named Charlie whose father maybe probably knew why all the power in the world went out 15 years ago, especially because her quest involves finding her uncle Miles, who happens to be played by Billy Burke. Also, there’s some kickass, Lost-ian world-building for good measure. Premieres Monday, September 17, at 10 p.m. on NBC.
What the Critics Say: “Favreau brings a lot of strong energy to Revolution, giving appropriate weight to moments like that opening sequence and delivering action that is more notable and big than is normal for network TV – a sword fight Miles has with multiple foes is incredibly fun and cool, and instantly helps Burke (bringing the right world-weary vibe to the proceedings) establish that yes, the dad from Twilight can play a kickass hero.” — IGN
The Mindy Project Mindy Kaling won fans and fame playing cute in front of the camera and smart behind the camera on The Office. Now we get to see her meld those qualities more smoothly (again in front of and behind the camera) in a way that will have many ladies nodding their heads as much as we’re rolling on the floor laughing. Her character, OBGYN resident Mindy Lahiri, aspires to live in a romantic comedy — and succeeds in at least getting to part in those movies where she dates the wrong guys, gets in hilariously slapstick disasters and shows how much pluck and ingenuity she has when it really counts. Not life-changing stuff here, but totally endearing entertainment. Premieres Tuesday, September 25, at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.
What the Critics Say: “It warms me to the the cockles of my heart to see a female protagonist on television who is not white or movie star skinny looking hot, banging babes, making mistakes, and being hilarious, and I can’t wait to see the rest of what Mindy has in store for us.” — Crushable