Adorkable women are here to stay, America. The megaplex can keep their slacker man-children because the TV networks are riding this quirky wide-eyed female trend all the way to the Emmys. I’m very curious to see how Mindy Kaling will do flying solo in her new show, The Mindy Project, which will follow The New Girl on Tuesdays on FOX next Fall. I happened to like the original “It’s Messy” title, but that’s showbiz, I guess.
Official Synopsis: Created by Emmy-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling (“The Office”) and starring Kaling, Chris Messina (“Damages”), Anna Camp (“The Good Wife”) and newcomer Ed Weeks, THE MINDY PROJECT features Kaling as a skilled OB/GYN navigating the tricky waters of both her personal and professional life, as she pursues her dreams of becoming the perfect woman, finding the perfect man and getting her perfect romantic comedy ending.
Mindy Kaling first won me over in the “Diversity Day” episode of The Office with the slap heard ’round Scranton, PA.
I don’t really remember her having that many lines in the first season, but as her character progressed and especially in this post-Michael Scott season, she’s holding her own in the branch. Guess that’s what happens when you wear the head writer/director/executive producer hats. Talk about a gamechanger! I think Mindy’s “Kelly Kapoor” laid the foundation for characters like Tom (Parks and Rec) and Abed (Community). Unlike other sitcom characters (Jonathan of 30 Rock or at times Raj onBig Bang Theory), Kelly, Tom and Abed are 3-dimensional human beings, not an ethnic spacefiller. Call it “post-racial” or “The Obama effect”, but whatever the reason, it’s absolutely refreshing.