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The Mindy Project may be a smart, silly, starry-eyed comedy about an urban gynecologist looking for love, but executive producer Matt Warburton says the Fox series’ second season took major inspiration from AMC’s gritty Rick Grimes and his haggard band of zombie fighters.
When Fox offered Mindy the chance to take a midseason break, the EP tells TVLine, the team behind Shulman & Associates saw “a tremendous opportunity.”
“The way we thought of it, at least, was the way that The Walking Dead does it, where they split their season into two chunks,” he says. “There’s a natural climax in the middle.”
Interesting choice of words, considering Mindy and Danny’s steamy airplane-galley hook-up in the final episode before the break. When the series — which, along with star Mindy Kaling, is among TVLine’s 2014 dream Emmy nominees — returned in April, audiences couldn’t wait to see if the polar-opposite obstetricians would be able to make it work. And having Mindy and Danny’s saga play out uninterrupted as the season drew to a close, Warburton says, was “really worth its weight in gold.”
Read on to hear Warburton and Kaling’s thoughts on teasing viewers (but not too much), walking the fine line between rom-com and slapstick and having Danny’s mom meet Dr. Lahiri in Season 3.
TVLINE | The show really hit its stride this season, especially after you came back from the break.
WARBURTON | Thank you. What’s cool is, we were actually really excited when we heard that we were going to get to show all the episodes in a row, because it really allowed us in the middle of the season to have a huge climax, when Mindy and Danny finally kiss. And to build up the anticipation of what was going to happen next. It was so exciting to engage with fans and not tip too much and get them all excited.
KALING | I’m so proud of our Season 2 finale, “Danny & Mindy.” It just has so much of what I love in my favorite movies, it’s super cinematic — Chris and I actually shot in New York City — and is full of secrets and lies. Also: some hardcore making out.
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As it turns out, Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly are a match made in Emmys heaven.
The Mindy Project star and Voice host will come together Thursday, July 10, to announce the 66th Primetime Emmy nominations. The announcement will be streamed live on Emmys.com, beginning at 5:40 am PST.
Mindy has been nominated for a Teen Choice Award! If you want to see her win on August 10, cast your vote here!
Choice TV Actress: Comedy
Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory
Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project
Laura Marano, Austin & Ally
Lea Michele, Glee
Debby Ryan, Jessie
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