The Mindy Project
|The Mindy Project|
|Created by||Mindy Kaling|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||38 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Picture format||720p (16:9 HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original run||September 25, 2012– present|
The Mindy Project is an American romantic comedy television series that premiered on Fox on September 25, 2012, and airs on Tuesday nights. The series, created by Mindy Kaling (the series's star), is co-produced by Universal Television and 3 Arts Entertainment.
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 office. The character was inspired by Kaling's own mother, an OB/GYN.
Cast and characters
- Mindy Kaling as Dr. Mindy Lahiri, a romantically frustrated OB/GYN at Shulman & Associates'.
- Chris Messina as Dr. Danny Castellano, another OB/GYN at the same office; Mindy's main frenemy; both doctors ignore the obvious romantic chemistry between them and settle for lesser choices in the interim.
- Ed Weeks as Dr. Jeremy Reed, Mindy and Danny's somewhat hapless supervisor at the office.
- Zoe Jarman as Betsy Putch, the optimistic receptionist at the office.
- Ike Barinholtz as Morgan Tookers (Episodes 13, 15-onwards; recurring 2–12 and 14), a registered nurse at the office.
- Beth Grant as Beverley Janoszewski (Episodes 15-onwards; guest episode 2), former nurse turned receptionist at the office.
- Xosha Roquemore as Tamra (season 2-onwards, recurring episodes 22-24), a sassy nurse at the office.
- Adam Pally as Dr. Peter Prentice (season 2-onwards; guest season 2, episodes 3-4), a new gynecologist at the office.
- Anna Camp as Gwen Grandy (Main cast episodes 1–12; guest episode 17), Mindy's long-time friend who has settled down with a family.
- Amanda Setton as Shauna Dicanio (Episodes 1–12), was a receptionist at the office.
- Stephen Tobolowsky as Dr. Marc Shulman (Episodes 1–8), the former senior partner of the practice.
Summary of Main Characters
|Season 1||Season 2|
|Mindy Lahiri||Mindy Kaling||Main|
|Danny Castellano||Chris Messina||Main|
|Jeremy Reed||Ed Weeks||Main|
|Betsy Putch||Zoe Jarman||Main|
|Morgan Tookers||Ike Barinholtz||Main|
|Beverley Janoszewski||Beth Grant||Main|
|Peter Prentice||Adam Pally||Main|
|Gwen Grandy||Anna Camp||Main|
|Shauna Dicanio||Amanda Setton||Main|
|Marc Shulman||Stephen Tobolowsky||Main|
- Tommy Dewey as Josh Daniels, a lawyer; Mindy's former boyfriend.
- Utkarsh Ambudkar as Rishi Lahiri, Mindy's younger brother, an aspiring rapper.
- Kelen Coleman as Alex, a friend of Mindy.
- Mark Duplass as Brendan Deslaurier, a male midwife.
- Jay Duplass as Duncan Deslaurier, a male midwife.
- Bill Hader as Tom McDougall, a dentist; former boyfriend of Mindy.
- Anders Holm as Casey Peerson, a Christian minister; Mindy's former fiancé.
- Chloë Sevigny as Christina, Danny's ex-wife.
- Ellie Kemper as Heather, Josh's ex-girlfriend and Mindy's neighbor.
- Glenn Howerton as Cliff Gilbert, a handsome lawyer in the same building as Shulman & Associates'.
Notable guest stars
- Seth Rogen as Sam, childhood sweetheart of Mindy.
- Ed Helms as Dennis, friend of Gwen and potential love interest for Mindy.
- James Franco as Dr. Paul Leotard, Mindy's popular and charismatic temporary replacement at Shulman & Associates'.
- Max Minghella as Richie Castellano, Danny's younger brother.
- Dan Hedaya as Alan Castellano, Danny's absentee father.
- B.J. Novak as Jamie, Mindy's former boyfriend.
- Allison Williams as Jillian, or "Eyepatch", Danny's former girlfriend.
- Drea De Matteo as Kelsey, a sarcastic patient of Mindy's.
- Common as an Empire State Building Security Guard.
- Maria Menounos as herself
- Amar'e Stoudemire as himself
- Baron Davis as himself
- Danny Granger as himself
- Clay Matthews III as himself
- Moby as himself
- Kris Humphries as himself
- Kevin Smith as himself
- Dana White as himself
- Josh Peck as Ray Ron, Tamra's boyfriend.
- Dan Castellaneta as Marty, Mindy's landlord.
- Seth Meyers as Matt, someone Mindy went on a date with.
- Josh Meyers as Adam, a male prostitute that Mindy briefly dated.
- Ben Feldman as Jason, an Arts and Culture columnist and love interest for Mindy.
- Kendra Wilkinson as Marie, a MMA ring girl and former patient of Mindy.
- Alan Dale as Alfred, Jeremy's father.
- Timothy Olyphant as Graham, a skater that Mindy dated.
- Vanessa Bayer as Mary, a dull woman that Danny dated.
- Tyler the Creator as himself
- C.J. Wilson as himself
- Shawne Merriman as himself
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD release date|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||24||September 25, 2012||May 14, 2013||August 13, 2013||October 14, 2013||October 3, 2013|
|2||22||September 17, 2013||May 13, 2014||TBA||TBA||TBA|
Production and development
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. Universal 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.
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. Zoe Jarman and Dana DeLorenzo then joined in series regular roles. Jarman signed on to play Betsy Putch, an upbeat receptionist at the practice; whilst DeLorenzo joined as Shauna Dicanio, a young, party loving receptionist in the practice. In mid-March, Chris Messina joined the cast as Dr. Danny Castellano, an arrogant doctor who works at the practice. Shortly after, Anna Camp boarded the series as Gwen Grandy, a stay-at-home mom and Mindy's best friend.
On May 9, 2012, Fox placed a series order for the comedy. Two days later, the title was changed from It's Messy to The Mindy Project. Two 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, an quirky rehabilitated ex-con who joins the practice as a nurse. 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.
On November 20, 2012, it was reported that Amanda Setton's role had been eliminated and that Anna Camp had been downgraded to a recurring cast member. Stephen Tobolowsky's role was also eliminated, with his character retiring in the eighth episode. Beth Grant, who guest starred as Nurse Beverly in episode two, returned as a series regular in episode fifteen. Ike Barinholtz was also upgraded to series regular. Xosha Roquemore, who guest starred in the final few episodes of season one as Tamra, was upped to series regular beginning with season two. Adam Pally, who originally signed on for a recurring role, was upgraded to series regular during season two.
On March 4, 2013, the series was renewed for a second season, 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.
Fox announced the third season renewal of The Mindy Project on March 7, 2014.
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. 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." It was the number-six best-reviewed show according to the site's fall 2012 season.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||# Ep.||Premiered||Ended||TV Season||Rank||Viewers
Awards and nominations
|2012||Critics' Choice Television Award||Most Exciting New Series||Won|
|People's Choice Award||Favorite New TV Comedy||Nominated|
|2013||Writers Guild of America Award||New Series||Nominated|
|NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Comedy Series||Nominated|
|TCA Awards||Outstanding New Program||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Breakout Show||Nominated||
|Choice TV Actress: Comedy||
|Gracie Awards||Outstanding Producer||Won||
|Israel||HOT||January 23, 2013||VOD HOT3|
|Canada||City||September 25, 2012||Tuesday 9:30 pm E/P|
| United Kingdom
|E4||March 26, 2013||Tuesday 9:30pm|
|Australia||Seven Network||January 28, 2013||Monday 10.00 pm|
|New Zealand||FOUR||March 11, 2013||Monday 9.30 pm|
|Spain||Cosmopolitan TV||January 23, 2014||Thursday 9.30 pm|
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