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#2.11 – “Christmas Party Sex Trap” – Mindy plans an office Christmas party for the entire building, so she can spend more time with Cliff (guest star Glenn Howerton). However, things don’t go Mindy’s way when Brendan Deslaurier’s date (guest star Maria Menounos) steals Mindy’s thunder by performing a seductive “Santa Baby” dance for the party guests.
If you, like this reporter, are thankful this holiday season for The Mindy Project and the comedy gold it delivers each week, the following is for you. And if for some reason you aren’t tuning into Fox’s rom-com-drenched sitcom, well… for shame (and you should read on as well).
Mindy found its funny footing by the end of its first season, but its sophomore run has taken the laughs to another level — something co-star and writer Ike Barinholtz attributes to good ol’ fashioned timing.
“Honestly, I think for all shows, it just take a little time,” he tells TVLine. “When I watch Season 1Seinfeld or the early Simpsons — or even early 30 Rock — they’re very different from the second season. It takes a little while to establish characters and their views, what they want and need… It’s just being given the opportunity to grow a little bit.”
The permanent additions of a pair of scene-stealers, Barinholtz says, helped greatly. “Picking up[Adam] Pally and Xosha [Roquemore] was big for us; it gave us two more big comedic voices on the show.”
Clueless no more, Dan Hedaya is bringing some fatherly love to The Mindy Project.
The veteran actor (Clueless, Family Ties) is making his way to the Fox comedy this season as Danny’s MIA deadbeat dad, Vulture reports.
Little is known about the installment other than that his character is named Alan Castellano and he lives in Joshua Tree — a fact that brings Danny and Mindy to the California desert town.
As TVLine previously reported, this same installment — penned by Kaling and recent Emmy winner Tracy Wigfield — “really advances [Danny and Mindy's] story romantically.” So… squee!
Question: I’m really enjoying the second season of The Mindy Project. I have been wondering if we might ever see BFF Gwen (as played by Anna Camp) again? —Ally
Ausiello: No plans at the moment, but I don’t want you to go away empty-handed so here’s some scoop on Anna Gunn’s upcoming guest stint. “I play a very upscale doctor who tries to poach Mindy,” the Breaking Bad actress reveals to TVLine. “It was a lot of fun.”
Joanna Garcia Swisher is traveling from Neverland to The City That Never Sleeps, with a plum role on Fox’s The Mindy Project.
TVLine has learned exclusively that the actress will guest-star on the sophomore comedy asthe sister of new series regular Adam Pally‘s Dr. Peter Prentice. Sources say the visit could potentially spill over into a second episode.
Swisher — whose previous TV credits include Reba, Privileged and Gossip Girl – most recently guested on two episodes of Once Upon a Time, with a third appearance as the mermaid Ariel still to come.
Question: I’ll take any spoilers you have on The Mindy Project! —Magali
Ausiello: If you, like pretty much the entire TVLine staff (especially Meg Masters), adored Dr. Lahiri’s pastor/DJ ex-fiance Casey (played by Anders Holm) and were mildly devastated to see him go, we’ve got good news straight from Mindy Kaling herself: “You’re going to be very happy because he is going to resurface.”
#2.10 – “Wedding Crushers” – When Mindy’s cheating ex-boyfriend Josh (guest star Tommy Dewey) invites her to his wedding, Mindy panics to find a date and begrudgingly decides to take Peter, who is actually a great wedding date until he makes one big mistake. Meanwhile, Danny’s kid brother Richie (guest star Max Minghella) is in town to make a big announcement.
It’s been the great debate among Mindy Project fans since midway through Season 1: Should the Fox charmer (airing Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c) pull the trigger on a rom-com-worthy love story between platonic pals Mindy Lahiri and Danny Castellano?
While series mastermind Mindy Kaling herself is still up in the air when it comes to officially “going there” with her alter ego and Chris Messina‘s adorable curmudgeon of a doc (“I’m not even 100 percent sure that they should be a romantic couple”), she certainly has some thoughts on the topic.
“It’s not like Danny and Mindy are Jim and Pam, where they are destined to be together because they’re each other’s true loves and soulmates,” she muses to TVLine, referring to her old Office stomping grounds and its epic lovebirds.
Deslaurier brothers be damned: Maria Menounos is making her way back to The Mindy Project, and she’s got her sights set on a certain Schulman & Associates stud.
TVLine has learned exclusively that the actress/Extra host will once more play a fictionalized version of herself in a handful of the Fox rom-com’s upcoming episodes.
Menounos will return during Mindy‘s holiday episode, in which she’ll immediately steal the heart of Adam Pally‘s frat
boyman, Peter. “There’s a big party in the office, and Peter’s dream woman (Menounos) shows up as one of the Deslauriers’ dates,” the Happy Endings vet teases.
As luck would have it, Peter’s crush eventually becomes something more (“It’s slowly evolving,” Pally reveals) — and he’s actually not as awful a boyfriend as one might assume. “Peter is one of those dudes that talks a bunch of s–t when he’s single, and then as soon as he has a girlfriend, he becomes the most whipped, doting, attentive boyfriend on the planet,” he laughs. “He’s a softie.”
“Maria is so awesome and so beautiful and so funny and nice,” a complimentary Pally says of his co-star. “I really liked doing scenes with her. She’s a great actress.”
Menounos first appeared on Mindy midway through Season 1 as a spokesmodel — one “made up of billions of cells and millions of feelings” — for the Deslaurier midwife practice.
Doctor L’s about to face off with Skyler White.
And Gunn’s no stranger to comedy — she once guested on Seinfeld long before she starred as Walter White’s tormented wife. Plus, the actress said she’d be up for tackling a comedic role after years of playing a woman under the thumb of a drug kingpin.
“It would be a lot of fun to play some comedy,” Gunn recently told EW. “I’m looking at just some really interesting different character roles that would be a complete 180 from Skyler that would allow me to really stretch and show my range and show colors and things that I haven’t been able to in the past few years.”
Looks like she got her wish. The Mindy Project airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox.