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Checking In with 'The Mindy Project' Halfway Through Season 1

It's been an unusual first season for The Mindy Project, with the show setting some kind of record for the insane amount of casting changes it's had so far. New shows sometimes have to make some minor casting tweaks a few episodes in, losing or gaining a character or two as the producers and network see fit. The Mindy Project, however, since its pilot has had three main cast members leave or have their roles downgraded and added one new character with two more new characters on the way in the second half of the season. That's not to say that the show's been a disaster – or anything close [...]

'The Mindy Project' Shakes Up Its Cast

Fox's first-year comedy The Mindy Project is going through some retooling. Two of the show's cast members, Anna Camp (who plays Mindy's best friend Gwen) and Amanda Setton (who plays Shauna, the office's New Jersey girl) both won't be series regulars anymore, according to TVLine. Camp will still appear on the show in a recurring capacity, while Setton will be exiting the series altogether. Camp is leaving to pursue other acting roles (she recently appeared in the hit Pitch Perfect and had a recurring role on The Good Wife), while Setton is departing for "creative reasons." The Mindy Project is introducing a new female character soon – [...]

Louis C.K. and Amy Poehler Amongst Emmy Presenters

Today, the Emmys announced their first handful of presenters for the September 23rd telecast. The list is made up exclusively of funny folks: Louis C.K., Jim Parsons, Amy Poehler, Ricky Gervais, Mindy Kaling, and Ginnifer Goodwin. OK, sure, Ginnifer Goodwin isn't known for being funny but her name is Ginnifer, so you know, at least her parents had a sense of humor.

Chris Messina's 'Mindy Project' Character to Be TV's Han Solo

"I'm super scared to do a network comedy because I've never done one before, so when she first asked, I told her no a bunch of times. But she kept coming back to me. At first, this guy was named Clayton Brooks, and he was much more uptight, and when I said no, she gave him a different name — Danny Castellano — and a different upbringing and a different personality, and it became impossible to say no. Danny is now more of a ball-buster. He's jaded. He's got a chip on his shoulder, but he's fun, like Bruce Willis in Moonlighting or Han Solo in Star Wars." - Chris Messina on [...]

Mindy Walks Some Lines in New Promo

With 30 Rock coming to a close this fall, it seems like Mindy is poised to be the new queen of "having it all." Do you think she'll be able to balance it all? She is good at balancing on those colorful hallway lines, so that's a start, right? No? Fair enough. [Via]

Seth Rogen to Guest on 'The Mindy Project'

The Mindy Project is adding another big-name guest star to its list: Seth Rogen. Fox announced today during the Television Critics Association tour today that Rogen will appear on the show's February 19th episode, entitled "The One That Got Away," as a guy who was Mindy Kaling's character Mindy Lahiri's first kiss. The two reunite decades after their Jewish summer camp romance and rekindle things. The Mindy Project has played host to a number of high-profile appearances from comedy people in its first season so far, including Ed Helms, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers, with The Office alums BJ Novak and Ellie Kemper set to drop by for [...]

Today in Mindy Kaling: Fox Buys More 'The Mindy Project' and Anne Hathaway Is Cast in Kaling’s New Movie

It's a banner day for The Office/The Mindy Project star and writer Mindy Kaling, as Fox has just picked up her new series, The Mindy Project, for a full season, along with fellow freshman sitcom Ben and Kate, and Oscar-nominated actress Anne Hathaway has been cast as the lead in The Low Self Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie, the first movie she's written. Kaling penned the Lizzie Gillespie script with fellow Office writer Brent Forrester, and she is likely to play a supporting role. Fox has picked up The Mindy Project for a full 22 episodes (the original season one order was for 13) and Ben and Kate for [...]

Mindy Kaling Is Ready for the Close-Up She's Writing for Herself

"Later, [Mindy Kaling will] do the scene with [Chris] Messina and all the white babies, followed by a scene where she finds out that her ex-boyfriend’s wife is pregnant, which will lead into the next day’s filming of a montage of her trying on wacky Halloween costumes like 'Tinker Bell Tailor Soldier Spy.' When she’s done with the day’s shooting, she heads back to the writers’ room to punch up lines. She’ll stay there until 3 a.m. 'I don’t understand how and when she sleeps,' says  [Ike] Barinholtz. 'There are nights where she’ll be taping until two in the morning and I’ll come in earlyish, and she’ll already have been there, [...]

Oh Wait, Mindy Kaling Will Be Back on 'The Office'

Vulture is reporting that Mindy Kaling has agreed to a deal with NBC to come back for two episodes of The Office next season. It might be so she can be written off the show or to give her enough airtime to sustain her character until the show's conclusion. Maybe Kelly will announce that she went to medical school and is going to be the subject of a new doctor documentary that is apparently shot not in a documentary-style but like a standard single-camera sitcom. In addition, FOX revealed today that The Mindy Project's pilot along with Ben And Kate's will debut online and on VOD from Aug. 27 to Sept. 9, [...]

Comedians Be Writing Memoirs

For the New York Times, Jason Zinoman writes about the post-Bossypants world of comedian memoirs, which I assume is in honor of the recently launched Splitsider Comedy Book Club. Mentioned are the new-ish books by Mindy Kaling, Rachel Dratch, Lizz Winstead, and Michael Ian Black. Zinoman argues they very in their balance of humor and candidness, but generally everyone loves Amy Poehler. Yeah, Amy Poehler-love is a must for every book.

BJ Novak to Guest Star on 'The Mindy Project'

BJ Novak and Mindy Kaling are reuniting on The Mindy Project, Vulture reports. Novak is set to do a two-episode arc in which he plays "a charming Latin professor who bonds with Mindy over their love of a dead language," as people are wont to do.

Tuesday Sitcom Recap: It's Premiere Night for Fox's 'New Girl,' 'Ben and Kate,' and 'The Mindy Project'

Tuesdays are the busiest night for primetime sitcoms this fall, with three of the Big Four networks airing competing comedy blocks. Last night, Fox kicked off its Tuesday night comedies with the New Girl's second season premiere and the debut of two new shows, The Mindy Project and Ben and Kate (although those two were released on Hulu weeks ago). Ratings are in for the trio of sitcoms, and like NBC and CBS's fall sitcom premieres, they're not great.

New Girl scored a 2.7 rating with adults 18-49, down significantly from last year's premiere, which got a 4.8. Mindy Project had a decent but still-low debut [...]

When They Were In College

Before many of our most beloved comedy stars made it big, they had the same four-year college experience as millions of young Americans. They sat nervously through the same orientation sessions, suffered through the same macroeconomics gen-ed classes, and shelled out $200 for the same anthropology textbook they were never going to use. But while we were arranging our class schedule so we could sleep in until noon every day, or briefly pretending to care about politics, our soon-to-be comedy idols were quietly positioning themselves to take over the industry, honing their chops in campus sketch groups, humor newspapers, and open mic nights. Below, we listed some comedians whose [...]

The 'Wreck-It Ralph' Cast Continues to be Fun

We already knew that John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman, and Jane Lynch were lending their voices to Disney's video games movie Wreck-it Ralph but now more names are coming out. Mindy Kaling will be voicing Taffyta Muttonfudge (haha, of course), Sarah Silverman's nemsis in Sugar Rush, the racing game they're in. Steve the Pirate aka Alan Tudyk will play King Candy, one of the rulers in Sugar Rush. Horatio Sanz and Adam Corolla (whose character probably thinks both Sarah and Mindy's characters are bad drivers) will play Sugar Rush security guards. Also, Rachel Harris, Ed O'Neil, and Dennis Haysbert will be there to add their [...]