The Mindy Project

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The Mindy Project
The Mindy Project intertitle.png
Genre Romantic comedy
Sitcom
Created by Mindy Kaling
Starring
Composer(s)
  • Jesse Novak
  • Blake Neely
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 57 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Howard Klein
  • Mindy Kaling
  • Michael Spiller
  • B.J. Novak
  • Charles McDougall
  • Matt Warburton
  • Jack Burditt
Producer(s)
  • Mychelle Deschamps
  • Dan Kaplow (pilot only)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Picture format 720p (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital
Original run September 25, 2012 (2012-09-25) – present
External links
Website

The Mindy Project is an American romantic comedy television series that premiered on Fox on September 25, 2012, and airs on Tuesday nights.[1] The series, created by Mindy Kaling (the series's star), is co-produced by Universal Television and 3 Arts Entertainment. The series is currently in its third season.

Plot[edit]

The series follows obstetrician/gynecologist Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) as she tries to balance her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small medical practice in New York City. The character was inspired by Kaling's own mother, an OB/GYN. Mindy explores through life with the help of her co-workers: Danny Castellano, her best friend and love interest, whose religious sensibilities and mother issues occasionally cause some tension; Jeremy Reed, the English doctor with whom Mindy slept in Season 1, and who now heads the practice; Peter Prentice, another handsome doctor who was fraternity jock while attending Dartmouth; Morgan Tookers, a wacky registered nurse who is also an ex-con because he was framed by his career criminal cousin; and Beverley, a libidinous older woman who is the office receptionist and has a heavy Southern accent.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Mindy Kaling as Dr. Mindy Lahiri, a romantically frustrated Ob/Gyn at Shulman & Associates.
  • Chris Messina as Dr. Daniel "Danny" Castellano, another Ob/Gyn at Shulman & Associates, Mindy's main frenemy and love interest.
  • Ed Weeks as Dr. Jeremy Reed, Mindy and Danny's somewhat hapless supervisor at the office.
  • Anna Camp as Gwen Grandy, Mindy's longtime friend who has settled down with a family (episodes 1–12, guest episode 17)
  • Zoe Jarman as Betsy Putch, an optimistic former receptionist at the office (episodes 1-46)
  • Amanda Setton as Shauna Dicanio, a former receptionist at the office (episodes 1-12)
  • Ike Barinholtz as Morgan Tookers, a registered nurse at the office (episodes 13, 15–present, recurring episodes 2-12, 14)
  • Stephen Tobolowsky as Dr. Marc Shulman, a former senior partner of the practice (episodes 1-2 and 8)
  • Beth Grant as Beverley Janoszewski, a former nurse turned receptionist at the office (episodes 15–present, guest episode 2)
  • Xosha Roquemore as Tamra Webb, a nurse at the office (episodes 25–present, recurring episodes 22-24)
  • Adam Pally as Dr. Peter Prentice, a gynecologist at the office (episodes 29-59; guest episodes 27-28)

Recurring[edit]

  • Mark Duplass as Brendan Deslaurier, a male midwife. (16 episodes)
  • Anders Holm as Casey Peerson, a Christian minister and Mindy's ex-fiancé. (10 episodes)
  • Glenn Howerton as Cliff Gilbert, a lawyer in the same building as Shulman & Associates and Mindy's ex-boyfriend. (10 episodes)
  • Tommy Dewey as Josh Daniels, a lawyer and Mindy's ex-boyfriend (9 episodes)
  • Jay Duplass as Duncan Deslaurier, a male midwife. (8 episodes)
  • Mort Burke as Parker, an intern at the office. (7 episodes)
  • Mary Grill as Maggie, Mindy's teacher friend. (6 episodes)
  • Rhea Perlman as Annette Castellano, Danny's mother. (6 episodes)
  • Chloë Sevigny as Christina, Danny's ex-wife. (6 episodes)
  • Kelen Coleman as Alex, Mindy's friend. (5 episodes)
  • Bill Hader as Tom McDougall, a dentist and Mindy's ex-boyfriend. (5 episodes)
  • Max Minghella as Richie Castellano, Danny's younger brother. (5 episodes)
  • Jenny O'Hara as Dot, Annette's best friend. (5 episodes)
  • Tracey Wigfield as Lauren, Peter's ex-girlfriend and later Jeremy's girlfriend. (5 episodes)
  • Niecy Nash as Dr. Jean Fishman, the lesbian chief of Ob/Gyn at the hospital Mindy works at. (4 episodes)
  • Utkarsh Ambudkar as Rishi Lahiri, an aspiring rapper and Mindy's younger brother. (3 episodes)
  • Andrew Bachelor as T.J. Gigak, Mindy's intern at the hospital. (3 episodes)
  • Tim Daly as Charlie Lang, a police officer and Mindy's ex-boyfriend. (3 episodes)
  • Joanna Garcia as Sally Prentice, Peter's sister. (3 episodes)
  • Ellie Kemper as Heather, Josh's ex-girlfriend and Mindy's neighbor. (3 episodes)
  • B.J. Novak as Jamie, Mindy's ex-boyfriend. (3 episodes)
  • Randall Park as Dr. Colin Lee, an optometrist and Mindy's friend. (3 episodes)
  • Josh Peck as Ray Ron, Tamra's ex-boyfriend. (3 episodes)
  • Allison Williams as Jillian or "Eyepatch", Danny's ex-girlfriend. (3 episodes)

Notable guest stars[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 24 September 25, 2012 (2012-09-25) May 14, 2013 (2013-05-14)
2 22 September 17, 2013 (2013-09-17) May 6, 2014 (2014-05-06)
3 21[3] September 16, 2014 (2014-09-16) March 24, 2015 (2015-03-24)[4]

Production and development[edit]

The series was initially commissioned by NBC, but the pilot with the working title It's Messy was released from NBC's projects on January 27, 2012. Disney then sent the script to Fox executives who read it over that following weekend. On January 30, 2012, Fox greenlit the pilot, with Mindy Kaling attached to star.[5]

On May 9, 2012, Fox placed a series order for the comedy.[6] Two days later, the title was changed from It's Messy to The Mindy Project.[7] On August 27, 2012, the pilot episode was made available to view online on various sites including Fox, in an attempt to garner interest in the series. On October 8, 2012, Fox ordered a full season of The Mindy Project.[8]

On March 4, 2013, the series was renewed for a second season,[9] which began on September 17, 2013. On November 21, 2013, Fox announced that The Mindy Project would take a mid-season hiatus, before returning on April 1, 2014.[10] Fox announced the third season renewal of The Mindy Project on March 7, 2014.[11]

Casting[edit]

Casting announcements for the remaining series regular roles began in February 2012, with Ed Weeks cast in the role of Dr. Jeremy Reed, a sexy, British doctor in the practice.[12] Zoe Jarman and Amanda Setton then joined in series regular roles. Jarman signed on to play Betsy Putch, an upbeat receptionist at the practice; whilst Setton joined as Shauna Dicanio, a young, party loving receptionist in the practice.[13] In mid-March, Chris Messina joined the cast as Dr. Danny Castellano, an arrogant doctor who works at the practice.[14] Shortly after, Anna Camp boarded the series as Gwen Grandy, a stay-at-home mom and Mindy's best friend.[15]

A few months later, Amanda Setton, Stephen Tobolowsky and Ike Barinholtz joined the series. Setton replaced Dana DeLorenzo in the role of Shauna; Tobolowsky joined in the series regular role of Dr. Marc Shulman, the senior partner of the practice; and Barinholtz signed onto the recurring role of Morgan Tookers, a quirky rehabilitated ex-con who joins the practice as a nurse.[16]

Cast changes[edit]

Season one[edit]

The first change occurred when Stephen Tobolowsky's role was eliminated after the second episode - following re-shoots that saw his character be re-written into a mere authoritarian figure in the office - when it was decided that "they didn't really want Mindy to have a boss in the office".[17] Tobolowsky returned, albeit in a voice-over only role, in the eighth episode to explain that his character had retired.

The second change of the season, which was first reported on November 20, 2012, saw Amanda Setton's role also eliminated entirely and Anna Camp downgraded to a recurring cast member. They both departed after the twelfth episode.[18] Despite becoming a recurring cast member, Camp only made a single appearance in the seventeenth episode.[19] Neither Setton or Camp's characters had their absence referenced, nor were they mentioned again.

Season two[edit]

The first change for the second season occurred before production of the season began, saw Xosha Roquemore upgraded to a series regular role after recurring in the final three episodes of the previous season.[20]

The second change occurred just prior to the production of the season's fifth episode, resulted in Adam Pally also upgraded to a series regular role. Had previously signed onto the series in a regular role, but had filmed only two episodes prior to being promoted.[21]

Season three[edit]

Like the first change of the second season, the first change of the third season occurred prior to the start of production and saw Zoe Jarman's role eliminated from the show.[22] Like Setton and Camp's departures in the first season, the absence of her character was never addressed. It was stated that there is an option for her to return in a guest starring role in the future, but to date no appearance has been announced.

The second, and most recent, cast change of the season was announced on November 21, 2014, and will see Adam Pally leave the series after the season's thirteenth episode. His departure after the thirteenth episode of the season was a condition of his upgrade to a series regular that had occurred the previous year. Unlike Jarman's exit which said there was only an option for guest appearances, it was reported that Pally is "expected to make occasional guest appearances".[23]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The Mindy Project received positive reviews from critics, with many highlighting the writing of the series, Kaling's performance, Kaling's unique character and the direction of the series.[24] Review aggregation website Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean—out of 100—based on reviews from mainstream critics, the show received a score of 69 from 32 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[24] It was the number-six best-reviewed show according to the site's fall 2012 season.[24]

Controversy[edit]

The Mindy Project has been the object of intense scrutiny not only from traditional media forms but also from feminists and people of colour[who?], who often weigh in on the show's decisions in casting and writing. At the end of the first season, Jezebel posted an article called "Mindy Kaling Only Makes Out with White Guys",[25] a critique of the casting of romantic leads on the show which compares it to John Mayer's comment about having "a Benetton heart and a David Duke cock." The same article contains a response from Nisha Chittal, who has defended Kaling's success in the past,[26] who applauded the show for not making Kaling's race central to her character, and for showing that an Indian woman could date non-Indian men.

During the second season, the episode "Mindy Lahiri is a Racist" provoked discussion as to whether or not Kaling had made "reparations" for showing a predominantly white cast.[27]

Before the third season began airing, Kaling was criticized for a comment in a Flare article entitled "She's the Boss",[28] in which she stated that the show would not address abortion, as "it would be demeaning to the topic to talk about it in a half-hour sitcom." In an appearance on The Colbert Report two weeks later, she clarified:

A lot of women look to me and look to the show, and they want me to be a spokesperson for a lot of issues, and I actually think that's a responsibility that's cool, I want to live up to that ... I want to be able to talk plainly on things but I also want to create an entertaining show. We haven't found a hilarious take on abortion that has been done yet — but we might. I have faith in us.[29]

Ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiere End TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
Viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale
Viewers
(in millions)
1
Tuesday 9:30 pm
24
September 25, 2012
4.67[30]
May 14, 2013
2.57[31] 2012–13 #128 3.71[32]
2 22
September 17, 2013
3.83[33]
May 6, 2014
2.48[34] 2013–14 #125[35] 3.40[35]
3 21
September 16, 2014
2.68[36]
2015
TBA 2014–15 TBA TBA

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations for The Mindy Project
Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2012 Writers Guild of America Award New Series Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Most Exciting New Series Won
People's Choice Award Favorite New TV Comedy Nominated
2013 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
TV Guide Awards Favorite New Series Nominated [37]
TCA Awards Outstanding New Program Nominated
Casting Society of America Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Television Pilot - Comedy
Felicia Fasano
Won [38]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Breakout Show Nominated [39]
Choice TV Actress: Comedy
Mindy Kaling
Nominated [40]
Gracie Awards Outstanding Producer - Entertainment Won [41]
2014 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [42]
Gracie Awards Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series Won [43]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Nominated [44]
Choice Comedian Nominated [44]
TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated [45]
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Nominated [46]
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Chris Messina
Nominated [47]
People Magazine Awards TV Couple of the Year
Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina
Won [48]
Satellite Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Mindy Kaling
Pending [49]
2015 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Pending [50]
Outstanding Writer in a Comedy Series Pending
Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series
Ken Whittingham
Pending

Broadcast[edit]

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