The Mindy Project: Season 2 First Look

9 09 2013

The Mindy Project returns Tuesday, September 17, 2013 9:30/8:30 Central with special guest star James Franco as Dr. Paul Leotard!





The Mindy Project: “The One That Got Away” Preview

25 02 2013

This episode of THE MINDY PROJECT is everything Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) loves in a romance movie–a strong male and female lead and two people who were destined to be together. Seth Rogen makes a guest star appearance as Sam, the boy who got away from her at Lake Takanac, the only summer camp her parents would allow her to attend as a teenager. I had the lyrics from Grease playing in my head the whole time: Summer lovin’ had me a blast; summer lovin’ happened so fast; I met a girl crazy for me; met a boy, cute as can be.” We also learn the pitfalls of self-scanners and that Dr. Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) is scared of “Game of Thrones.” Meanwhile, Dr. Castellano finds himself the center of an unusual request.

Watch the all-new “The One That Got Away” episode of THE MINDY PROJECT airing Tuesday, Feb. 26 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Special congratulations to Chris Messina’s film “Argo” that won the Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday night.

My thanks again to FOX VIP and Fox Broadcasting who gave me the opportunity to watch the screener.





The Mindy Project: “Harry and Mindy” Preview

3 02 2013

TheMindyProjectDr. Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) is a hopeful romantic. If there were any holiday on the calendar that belongs to her, it would be Valentine’s Day where she dreams of her soul mate proposing to her on top of the Empire State Building like in countless movies she has seen growing up. Every person she dates is someone she wonders, “Is he THE ONE?” Her current boyfriend, Jamie (BJ Novak) is very distracted by his female best friend, Lucy, (Eva Amurri Martino). Mindy decides to pair Dr. Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) with Lucy and things do not go quite as planned. Meanwhile Dr. Jeremy Reed (Ed Weeks) tries to help Morgan Tookers (Ike Barinholtz) with his dating skills. He is definitely out of practice because he was in prison prior to this and likely did not have many dates.

The all-new “Harry & Mindy” episode of THE MINDY PROJECT airs Tuesday, Feb. 5 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

My thanks to Fox Broadcasting and the FOX VIP program for the privilege of watching the screener.





Fox Tuesday Tonight

2 10 2012

Last week, wedged between two new episodes of NEW GIRL, BEN AND KATE, and THE MINDY PROJECT pulled decent numbers in the ratings considering that these episodes were readily available on-line for weeks before the premiere to generate interest. Tonight, Raising Hope returns to the line-up.

Once again, thanks to the FOX VIP program, I was able to screen tonight’s episodes of BEN AND KATE and THE MINDY PROJECT.

Alan Ruck guest stars tonight on BEN AND KATE‘s episode called “Bad Cop/Bad Cop” as the principal of Maddie’s school. There is a scene that cracked me up where Ben (Nat Faxon) does an impression of a voice that sounds like Alan Ruck’s impression of his call to the principal as Cameron Frye in the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Kate (Dakota Johnson) has been lying about where she lives so Maddie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) can get into a better public school, the parents of their friend, Tommy (Echo Kellum). Ben says, “May I remind you that you are a guest in your own home?” BEN AND KATE airing Tuesday, Oct. 2 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

On THE MINDY PROJECT, Mindy (Mindy Lahiri) and Danny (Chris Messina) interview for a new nurse in the practice, leaving Jeremy (Ed Weeks) to use his charms to fire the current nurse, Beverly (Beth Grant), in an aptly named episode, “Hiring and Firing.” I especially loved the name of one of the people interviewed, named Morgan “Ransom” Tookers (Ike Barinholtz), a reformed ex-convict. Ransom may seem to be a weird name, but I swear to you on my mother’s grave I have a neighbor whose name is Ransom and his dog’s name is Dexter. I have videotape of Dexter trying to jump our fence to get at my golden retriever, Maddie. THE MINDY PROJECT airing Tuesday, Oct. 2 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

And don’t forget RAISING HOPE returns tonight as well, rounding out the Fox Comedy Tuesday block.





The Mindy Project — New Series on Fox This Fall

14 05 2012

(Press release) THE MINDY PROJECT

THE MINDY PROJECT is a new single-camera comedy from Emmy Award-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling (“The Office”) that follows a woman who, despite having a successful career, desperately needs to break bad habits in her personal life. After all, how many doctors make inappropriate toasts at their ex-boyfriend’s wedding, nearly drown at the bottom of a stranger’s pool and get arrested for disorderly conduct just moments before having to deliver a baby? Funny, impatient and politically incorrect, MINDY LAHIRI (Kaling) can quote every romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan that exists. She loves the good ones and the bad ones, because the girl always gets the guy. Mindy is determined to be more punctual, spend less money, lose weight and read more books – all in pursuit of becoming a well-rounded perfect woman…who can meet and date the perfect guy. Mindy is a skilled OB/GYN and shares a practice with a few other doctors, none of whom make life any easier for her. JEREMY REED (British writer/comedian Ed Weeks) is the walking definition of total bad news. He not only shares a practice with Mindy, but sometimes her bed as well – despite her best efforts to resist. He is funny, self-absorbed and super sexy. In contrast, DANNY CASTELLANO (Chris Messina, “Damages”) is a hothead and guys’ guy who has a habit of stealing Mindy’s patients. Danny criticizes her for everything, including her struggling love life and her lack of professionalism – even though it’s obvious to everyone except Mindy that he secretly admires her work. His blue-collar childhood gives him a big chip on his shoulder, but he is a dedicated physician, which Mindy can’t stand to admit because he’s always getting on her case. Rounding out the office staff are the receptionists – BETSY PUTCH (Zoe Jarman, “Huge”), young, earnest and easily excitable, who thinks the world of Mindy and is always trying to impress her; and SHAUNA DICANIO (newcomer Dana DeLorenzo), a self-assured Jersey Girl who is indifferent to Mindy, always knows where the cool party is and carries a poorly concealed torch for Danny. Mindy is in constant communication with her beloved best friend from college, GWEN GRANDY (Anna Camp, “The Good Wife”), who also happens to be the governor’s daughter. Gwen is a hilarious, sometimes too-blunt friend, and secretly a former carefree party girl (which only Mindy seems to remember). Although Gwen is now happily married to a financial analyst, with a six-year-old daughter, this lawyer-turned-Pilates mom remains squarely in Mindy’s corner. As Mindy attempts to get her career off the ground and meet a guy who passes her red flag test (no drug habits, no skinny jeans and no secret families, among others), only time will tell if she gets her romantic comedy ending.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment

CREATOR/WRITER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mindy Kaling

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Howard Klein, B.J. Novak (pilot)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Charles McDougall (pilot)

CAST: Mindy Kaling as Mindy, Chris Messina as Danny, Ed Weeks as Jeremy, Anna Camp as Gwen, Zoe Jarman as Betsy, Dana DeLorenzo as Shauna

Follow The Mindy Project on Twitter: @MindyProjectFox

Follow on Facebook at: http://www.facebook/TheMindyProject

The Mindy Project will air at 9:30 ET/8:30 Central on Tuesday night after New Girl.

Watch the preview on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/BbxYId7KsL4