We at TVLine have seen tonight’s Mindy Project (Fox, 9:30/8:30c), in which Rhea Perlman debuts as Danny’s hard-to-please mom, Annette Castellano. Perlman herself hasn’t, though not for lack of trying.
“I’m so technologically impaired,” theCheers vet says, laughing. “They sent [the episode] to me this weekend, and I couldn’t open it. And I tried everything! So there you go. But I know what I did, so I know it was a good episode!”
She’s not wrong. The installment begins with Mindy gunning to win Ma’s approval, but her plan (naturally) devolves. Before the end of the half hour, the two women have traded barbs, made Danny extremely uncomfortable and — without giving too much away — flailed around on the floor.
We chatted with the Emmy Award-winning actress — who’ll be back for more episodes later this season — about what Mama Castellano’s cooking up for Danny and Mindy.
TVLINE | Even though Annette Castellano doesn’t show up on screen until this episode, she’s been a presence in the show for a while. What attracted you to the part?
The writing. This is funny stuff. Their character development, it’s not straightforward. You don’t know which direction it’s going to go in. It’s very appealing. I’m going to do a few episodes this year, and already, I’m finding out stuff about this character that I would never have dreamed of. It’s not just some mom who’s sitting there, cooking dinner. I think Mindy’s got kind of a genius thing going on. [Laughs] She really is so smart.