Mindy Kaling’s TV Bombshell Confession & Her Ridic Successful Career

Mindy Kaling has a confession to make: she did not watch The Brady Bunch growing up. “I know that makes me sound like a weirdo or somehow un-American,” says the 35-year old collector of hyphens (writer-director-producer-actor-director-six-time-Emmy-nominee). “I know that everyone of a certain age watched The Brady Bunchwhen they were kids. I don’t know why I didn’t; I just didn’t.”

If Kaling’s cultural blind spot are the boudoir patois of Carol and Mike Brady or the sage parental surrogacy and good eats provided by housekeeper Alice or the bourgeois, solved-in-22-minutes conflicts of middle-class blended families, her funny bone is in no way handicapped by the gap. Indeed, simultaneously knee-slapping, Zeitgeist-tapping, and occasionally poignant, her work on The Office and The Mindy Project and her 2012 bestselling collection of comedic essays Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Kaling has made an irrefutable case for being one of the world’s funniest human beings.

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Posted by Lauren on November 23, 2014 | No Comments

Mindy Kaling Talks About Filming Broadcast TV’s First Anal-Sex Scene on The Mindy Project

On Saturday night, Mindy Kaling sat down with The New Yorker’s television critic, Emily Nussbaum, as part of the New Yorker Festival to talk about all things Mindy Project. In front of an adoring crowd, they chatted about everything from making out with guys on-screen (“It’s just so fun”) to filming last week’s episode in which boyfriend Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) wanted to try out anal sex with Mindy for the first time. (“I slipped,” he claimed.) Thankfully her dad didn’t mention it to her when they talked the next day, but one audience member asked her about the issue of consent. The self-described “hard-core” fan asked, “Were you at all surprised by any of the negative reactions that you got from some of your biggest supporters, and what is your response to that?” Kaling had this to say:

I would say this: I think I disagree with you. And I think that Danny is a wonderful character, a wish-fulfillment character, and he loves Mindy, and they have a relationship that is very understanding with each other, and he tried something because he was trying to see what he could get away with. But I don’t think that in that relationship that Mindy’s reaction to it was ‘I feel violated’; it was ‘Hey man, run that by me!’ I think that, we have to, in knowing what their relationship is and knowing that the way it was portrayed, it wasn’t something that made her feel unsafe or degraded … you can love someone and be in a relationship with them when you’re both consenting adults, and people can try things and you can be like … ‘I busted you on that.’

It was not an issue of sexual unsafety. I understand people felt that way, and I disagree … In a larger sense, we have this card — this red card — of stirring fear in men about certain things. I was sad about that because I thought, ‘Is that a situation where we want to use that card for that?’ It bummed me out a little bit. There was no sexual peril in there; it was not a situation where she felt unsafe or was objectified. She just was startled … I was sad about that.

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Posted by Lauren on November 23, 2014 | No Comments

Adam Pally Poised to Exit Mindy Project

Shulman & Associates is undergoing another staffing change.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Adam Pally‘s run as a Mindy Project series regular will come to an end in early 2015.

I’m told Pally’s pact with the Fox comedy was always set to expire with this season’s 13th episode. He joined the show as Dr. Peter Prentice at the start of Season 2 and was quickly upgraded to a regular. Pally is expected to make occasional guest appearances as his schedule permits.

The former Happy Endings actor recently inked a deal with ABC Studios to produce projects for broadcast, cable and new media.

Mindy has sustained a few casting changes in its short tenure, starting with Stephen Tobolowsky and the departure of practice-founding doc he played. More recently, Zoe Jarman was dropped as a series regular ahead of Season 3, yet executive producer Matt Warburton repeatedly has told TVLine the show would love to have Jarman’s Betsy appear again in the future.

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Posted by Lauren on November 23, 2014 | No Comments

#3.11 – “Christmas” Episode Stills

#3.11 – “Christmas”

Posted by Lauren on November 22, 2014 | No Comments

#3.10 – “What About Peter?” Episode Stills

#3.10 – “What About Peter?”

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#2.01 – “All My Problems Solved Forever…” Screen Caps

#2.01 – “All My Problems Solved Forever…”

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#3.09 – “How to Lose a Mom in Ten Days” Episode Stills

#3.09 – “How to Lose a Mom in Ten Days”

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The Mindy Project Taps Lee Pace as Mindy’s First [Spoiler]

Mindy Project fans, you’re about to meet the man who first Crtl+Alt’d Dr. Lahiri’s V.

Pushing Daisies star Lee Pace will guest-star on the Fox comedy as a successful tech entrepreneur — and Mindy’s first sexual partner, E! Online reports.

When Mindy knew Pace’s character, Alex, he was a nerdy college student. Now, he’s a millionaire (and rather good-looking, to boot).

Pace, who currently stars in AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, is booked for only one episode as of now. (Read: He probably won’t pose a giant threat to Danny and Mindy’s relationship.)

Pace is the latest in the rom-com’s roster of Season 3 guest stars, which also includes Save the Last Dance‘s Julia Stiles, Fargo‘s Allison Tolman and Getting On‘s Niecy Nash.

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Posted by Lauren on November 14, 2014 | No Comments

More Mindy Project: Fox Orders Six Additional Episodes

Diamond Dan lap dances for everybody!: Fox has ordered more episodes of The Mindy Project.

The network announced on Friday that it has added six additional episodes to Mindy‘s current order, bringing the Season 3 total to 21.

The order suggests that Fox has faith in the comedy, which has struggled in the ratings this season.

Per Fox, Mindy averages 3.1 million viewers each week and sees significant gains when DVR viewing is factored in.

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Posted by Lauren on November 14, 2014 | No Comments

#3.08 – “Diary of a Mad Indian Woman” Episode Summary

#3.08 – “Diary of a Mad Indian Woman” — Mindy is forced to act as a mentor to the residents at the hospital, and Danny gets himself into trouble when he finds, and can’t help but read, Mindy’s diary.

Posted by Lauren on November 09, 2014 | No Comments

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