Mindy Kaling isn’t shying away from serving as a role model to girls and women, but that doesn’t mean she wants her character on “The Mindy Project,” Dr. Mindy Lahiri, to be considered an aspirational figure.
Kaling recently spoke about her misgivings of having Lahiri elevated to role-model status and how the move to Hulu will affect the series during a panel at the Upright Citizens Brigade in LA.
“I do feel like with my job that it’s important to be a role model,” Kaling shared. “And I think that it becomes tricky, because I don’t think that Mindy Lahiri is a role model. She’s a comedy character the way that Michael Scott is a comedy character and Kenny Powers is a comedy character. We crave women as leads so much that I think we conflate the two. But if anything, I would like to be the person that girls look up to.”
Remember when you were young and in love with your handsome and charming boyfriend, and the two of you starred in a hilarious, award-winning TV show together? And then he broke your heart? And then you stayed close friends and even watched the Super Bowl together?
No? You do not remember this? OK, if you were Mindy Kaling and your ex was B.J. Novak, you would remember this.
Now, the pair have a $7.5 million contract to write a book about their complicated relationship, according to a The Daily News.
“I will freely admit: My relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell,” Mindy once told InStyle. “He is not my boyfriend, but he is not my best friend. I guess you could describe our relationship as a ‘romantically charged camaraderie with loud arguments,’ but I don’t think Facebook would accept this as a new status.”
As expected, Hulu has salvaged The Mindy Project from Fox’s scrap heap, ordering a super-sized, 26-episode fourth season of the acclaimed comedy.
Fox cancelled the Mindy Kaling-fronted sitcom after three seasons on May 6. By then, Universal TV — which owns Mindy Project and saw the writing on the wall at Fox — had already begun talks with Hulu about a pickup.
“I am thrilled The Mindy Project has found a new home on Hulu, where so many of our fans are already watching the show,” said Kaling in a statement. “It’s such an exciting place to be.”
Hulu is currently the exclusive streaming home to all past episodes of the series. A premiere date for Season 4 is TBD.
Guess we’ll never find out exactly what the Staten Island Handshake is after all. Or will we…
As we predicted, Fox has cancelled The Mindy Project after three seasons. That’s the bad news. The better news is that the Mindy Kaling comedy may live on at Hulu.
According to sources, Universal TV — which owns TMP and has a vested interest in seeing it cross the syndication-friendly, 100-episode threshold — is talking to Hulu about a multi-season pickup of the acclaimed comedy (that would be Season 4 and beyond).
Reps for Fox and Universal declined to comment.
Because nobody is hanging out without her these days, Mindy Kaling has announced the release date of her second book, “Why Not Me?” Due out Sept. 9, it’s currently available for preorder. According to her site, the memoir will be another collection of essays “that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal.”
She originally announced the book news at last year’s SXSW and explained its title in an interview with the LA Times. “[Why not me?] has kind of been my subconscious motto my whole life. So much has happened between the time I published my first book and now. The show; my mother passed away; so many of my friends have gotten married. I’m a godmother now and a homeowner. There’s so much that has happened in that period of time that I wanted to write another book.”
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Variety and PBS SoCaL will air the eighth installment of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors,” the publication’s awards-season video series. The latest in the series will feature conversations between television actors who are contending for Emmy Awards.
“Some of the most brilliant and compelling names in television have gathered together to engage in one-on-one discussions about the art of acting,” said Claudia Eller, co-editor-in-chief of Variety. “With the success from our series debut in December 2014, we are excited to bring the Emmy Edition of ‘Variety Studio: Actors on Actors’ to the distinguished viewers of PBS.”
The Emmys edition will feature actors Kerry Washington, Jimmy Kimmel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jeffrey Tambor, Taraji P. Henson, Mindy Kaling, Conan O’Brien, Jessica Lange, Uzo Aduba, Gina Rodriguez, Michael Sheen, Jamie Dornan, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein and many more.
“We had a tremendous response to the premiere season of ‘Variety Studio: Actors on Actors,’ and our partnership with Variety has been terrific,” said Andy Russell, PBS SoCal general manager. “Working with one of the most respected entertainment industry publications, we’re excited to bring to PBS audiences a new season of great conversations and fascinating insights from some of the best actors on television today.”
The Emmy edition of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” will premiere at 7 p.m. June 14 on PBS SoCal, and will then be distributed to PBS stations across the country in July. A second episode airs at 7 p.m. on June 21. The interviews will also air on WNET/WLIW in New York and will stream on Variety.com beginning in June.
1. What is one thing you think women in their twenties should experience? —emilya48a8f0fd8 via BuzzFeed
I went on a vacation with my mom and dad to Buenos Aires for 10 days and I always had a good relationship with my parents, but I wasn’t one of those girls — you know those girls or guys, I’m always very jealous of them, who talk to their mom or dad once a day? Although I got along very well with my mom and dad, I was never like that. I don’t know why we all decided to go on this trip just the three of us, but it was one of the most memorable trips I ever had and the reason I say you should do it in your twenties is that if you just got out of college and you haven’t lived with them for a while, it really was the time when I started loving my parents as people and not as my mother and father. I got to spend a lot of time with them individually and it strengthened and really deepened my love for them in a way that I later really appreciated. Especially now that I don’t have my mom around anymore. I felt like,Oh, I got to see what she was like as a woman. Not in a way where you’re too young — you don’t want to see that at all, you’d rather die — but in my twenties I was able to handle it and really appreciated it, so I recommend that.
Much like the public persona that star and creator Mindy Kaling has developed for herself, the beauty of the Fox comedy “The Mindy Project” is that there is a considerable amount of heart and social consciousness beneath its pop culture references, stellar clothing and rom-com like situations. As the show ends its third season with Kaling’s character, the wise-beyond-her-words OB/GYN Mindy Lahiri, pregnant and contemplating what a future will be like with her boyfriend Danny (Chris Messina) while also starting her own fertility clinic, Variety talked to Kaling and Ike Barinholtz (who plays registered nurse/sidekick Morgan and also serves as a writer-producer) about the show’s take on women’s liberation, body issues and yes, that sex scene.
One of the major storylines this season has surrounded Mindy’s surprise pregnancy with boyfriend Danny (Chris Messina). Why did you decide to go this route this year?
Kaling: With the two characters, I feel like they’re not using the same rhythm that normal couples would do and I felt that, at the end of the season … they’ve been dating for this amount of time and I didn’t want to be this sweet honeymoon period where they were just this happy couple where there were no roller coasters happening to them. Why would you want to watch a show with two people who are just blissfully in love and care about their problems?
Mindy Kaling started crying during a casting session for Inside Out, the new Disney/Pixar animated film that turns emotions into colourful characters inside a young girl’s head.
Producer Jonas Rivera and writer/director Peter Docter were taken aback. With collaborative credits that go all the way back to Toy Story in 1995 — Docter co-wrote that CGI groundbreaker; Rivera was Pixar’s first intern — they thought they were just making another entertaining movie.
But actress Kaling, star of TV’s The Mindy Project, told them it was much more than that.
“I’ll never forget it,” says Rivera, 43, during a recent Toronto visit with Docter for an advance press sampling ofInside Out, due June 19 in theatres.
“She started to tear up as we were pitching her, and we said, ‘Are you OK?’ And she said, ‘Just the fact that you’re making a movie that tells little girls it’s hard to grow up and it’s OK to be sad about things, it’s really profound.’
“We were like, wow! We didn’t know we were doing that, but it feels really good. It was like this receipt that it was working, that there was a deeper well there.”