I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Halloween is the best holiday for sitcoms. Things can get a little mushy for Christmas, New Year's and Valentine's Day bog characters down with romantic plotlines instead of laughs, and the Fourth of July falls during the network sitcom off-season. Halloween, on the other hand, is full of costumes, mischief, and plenty of opportunities for low-stakes laughs.
This week, all the Tuesday night sitcoms celebrated All Hallow's Eve, with the Happy Endings gang pulling out all the stops for an elaborate costume, New Girl hitting a haunted house, and Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project stressed out about a [...]
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 [...]
TV starts again soon! So soon that we can already watch the pilots of the two new Fox sitcoms. And watch them we shall. Who needs to do work, when there is 45 minutes of new sitcomery to intake? They are both really solid, if not good, despite containing some of the trappings of pilots. (i.e. They both start with a narrator just to do some exposition and then quickly abandon it.) The most important take away is TV is starting, which is the best news. No more going outside (yuck).
"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[...]
"Ned! Ryerson!" It might not be what you'll be saying but it'll definitely be what you're thinking while watching The Mindy Project this fall because Stephen Tobolowsky has been cast to play a legendary OB/GYN and head of Schulman and Associates, the practice where Mindy works. Joining him is Ike Barinholz, who is also a writer on the show, who will playing an ex-con male nurse and Amanda Setton who will be playing the office's steadfast office manager. The first clips of The Mindy Project made it seem a bit straightforward, so it's nice to see that there is silliness ahead. Better get some life insurance.
It’s a big week for Fox’s Tuesday night sitcom block, as newcomers Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project both just got picked up for a full first season. Ben and Kate’s first season will now be 19 episodes, whereas Mindy Project’s will be 22. Both shows seem to almost be celebrating the good news this week, with Mindy spending its third episode at a nightclub, while Ben and Kate central duo participate in a fun scavenger hunt. Elsewhere in Tuesday night sitcoms, New Girl’s second season marches on, with the latest episode revolving around the gang’s dealings with a new group of young, hip neighbors. Let’s take [...]
"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, [...]
- H. Jon Benjamin is going to play Dallas's life coach on Suburgatory. His character is described as a master storyteller named Tabitha, of course, who Dallas eventually brings along on her first date with George. I wonder if they're going to eat burgers or… spy stuff(?).
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, [...]
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 [...]
It’s that time of year again. The new fall TV season! When the networks trot out a shaggy bunch of new shows, and in six months, half of them will be left. Can you guess which shows will make it and which shows will turn into a foggy memory a la last fall’s quickly-cancelled comedies like Man Up, How to Be a Gentleman, and Free Agents?
On the whole, it’s a broader batch of sitcoms than we’ve seen in years past, with NBC, home to critically-acclaimed but underwatched comedies like 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, and Community, making a clear attempt to pursue sillier, more accessible shows in order [...]
- On August 29, Zach Braff is rejoining his chocolate bear Donald Faison with a guest spot on The Exes, the TV Land show that Faison stars on with Wayne Knight. Hopefully, next The Exes will reunite the comedy duo of Wayne Knight and that dinosaur that spits acid.
- The Mindy Project has found their first love interest for Mindy in Tommy Dewey. The actor, who is mostly an unknown, will play a hotshot lawyer who is a real gets-what-he-wants type.
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]
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