Photos of Adam and Chris at the Critics’ Choice TV Awards
“The Mindy Project” Spoilers from TVLine
Question: Will Zoe Jarman be getting a decent send-off on The Mindy Project? I love Betsy! – Nina
Ausiello: Not necessarily, Nina, but don’t fret just yet. Betsy may not receive a huge goodbye party because the show wants to use her as much as possible this season. “Budget-wise, we had to rearrange things, and she has a new job,” executive producer Matt Warburton tells TVLine, calling the woman behind the naïve receptionist “a tremendous actress” and adding, “We want to use her whenever she’s available.” But will we see her in the season premiere? “We have not settled on that, but we’d love for her to be.” In other Mindy Project news, did you hear about this?!
Cheers Vet Rhea Perlman to Play Danny’s Mother
Three Cheers for this casting.
The Mindy Project has tapped four-time Emmy winner Rhea Perlman to join the Season 3 cast in the recurring role of Annette Castellano, Danny’s (Chris Messina) mother, TVLine has learned exclusively.
The show’s star and EP. Mindy Kaling, teased the character’s arrival earlier this week at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour.
“The wonderful thing about the character is the trope of the mother-in-law-type figure who doesn’t like the girl is so pervasive, it’s like, ‘OK, how do we do a new spin on this?’” she told reporters, adding that Mama C will clash with Mindy andDanny. “As Danny has said, ‘I don’t know how to please that woman.’ So we haven’t ignored her own relationship with her two sons [Danny and Richie, the latter played by the returning Max Minghella] and her ex-husband [played by Dan Hedaya]. So we really explore a lot.
“The third episode is called ‘Annette Castellano Is My Nemesis,’” she added. “[so] we really hit it dead-on.
Perlman’s recent credits include a guest stint on The Neighbors and a regular gig on the short-lived TV Land sitcom Kirstie.
The Mindy Project kicks off its third season on Sept. 16.
Season 3 Photoshoot Added
Chris Messina Talks The Mindy Project, Kissing Mindy Kaling, and His New Leading Man Status
Glamour: I’m just going to jump right in here. Mindy Kaling told me that you and B.J. Novak have been the only guys she’s kissed with tongue on camera.
Chris Messina: Oh wow.
Glamour: Was it something you guys talked about prior?
Chris: No. Kissing is either a real perk of the job, or it can be very strange. You [almost] become numb to it because it’s so technical. With Mindy, it’s a perk of the job, but it’s awkward too only because you’re surrounded by people watching you kiss.
Glamour: How nervous were you when it came time to film the kiss on the airplane?
Chris: I wasn’t really that nervous to be honest. I wasn’t that nervous about the butt grab either. I thought it was well written and well conceived. I felt very taken care of from the material. I’ve kissed a lot of girls in movies, so I was OK. [Laughs]
Glamour: Mindy was singing your praises to me because you had a lot of screen time in that episode without dialogue and you had to convey so many feelings.
Chris: I like that. I don’t like a lot of dialogue. I like silence.
Glamour: How do you like dancing then?
Chris: I like dancing. [Laughs]
Ike Barinholtz Compares Acting on Film and Television
Q: What are the pros and cons of acting in an ensemble film or series? A: Acting in an ensemble film is great. When we were shooting some of the scenes in Neighbors, specifically in the frat house, you have so many different ingredients. You have Jerrod Carmichael, who is an amazing comedian. You have Dave Franco, who is an amazing actor. You have Seth Rogen, who is an amazing writer. So you have all of these different points of view blending together. Sometimes it doesn’t work out and sometimes it does. Nicholas Stoller, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver really put together a funny and different group of people. We had the young, old, stand-up, sketch, etc.
Q: What are the pros and cons between acting in a television series or on film? A: In television, you are stuck with that character and you really have to commit to it. You really have to learn from it. But on a film, you’re only playing that character for a week, a month, or two months. You’re really holding onto the character and building onto it.
On diversity, Mindy Kaling finds herself held to higher standard
When “The Mindy Project” premiered on Fox in fall 2012, it was widely hailed as a breakthrough in the diversity of mainstream television. Its star, Mindy Kaling, who plays a romantically challenged obstetrician in a New York hospital, became the first woman of color to create, helm and star in a successful sitcom on a major network.
But even as the broadcast networks overall are showcasing more minority actors in scripted programming than ever, Kaling is facing mounting criticism that her own sitcom isn’t diverse enough. Critics and other observers have pointed out that the popular Indian American actress and executive producer with 2.8 million Twitter followers has surrounded her prime-time fictional self with a mostly white cast.
Unlike many past and present medical shows on network television — a list that includes “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scrubs,” “House” and even “E.R.” — “The Mindy Project” does not feature a strong multi-ethnic ensemble. In addition to Kaling’s character, the only other minority regular cast member is Xosha Roquemore, who joined the show late in the first season as a sassy nurse.
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Episode Guide Updated
I’ve updated the Season 2 episode guide here. It’s not complete yet, but I will try to get it finished soon!