Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Mindy Project

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Show: The Mindy Project
Network: Fox
Time slot: Tuesdays 9:30/8:30c
Premieres: September 25th, 2012

Mindy Kaling is best known for portraying Kelly Kapoor, a superficial and weak woman, on The Office. Let’s not forget how annoying Kelly Kapoor is as well (in a funny way of course). Needless to say, I did not like her character on The Office that much and I definitely do not look up to "Kelly" on that show. But now she has moved on to her very own show, The Mindy Project, premiering on Fox this September, in which she portrays a very different character.

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The show is about, Mindy Lahiri, a nerdy (yet fashion forward) lonely Ob/Gyn who is looking for love and success. The show is a dramady (Comedy + Drama... get it?), kind of like Scrubs meets Grey’s Anatomy. I absolutely LOVE Mindy on this show. To be honest, the acting wasn’t great and I don’t think they had a very big budget for the pilot, but I see a lot of potential, if it can just grab the viewers it needs to stay on the air long enough. Mindy is strong and smart and beautiful, but she’s flawed and she knows it. I feel for her so much. In one scene Doctor Danny Castellano played by (Chris Messina) leaned in close and said she would look better if she lost fifteen pounds. It was so heart wrenching, especially for a show that is being led on as a comedy. It may have very many comedic actors and guest stars, but I can see that it will also be very moving. I believe Mindy can be a very good role model to women of all ages. 

Obviously Kaling has a lot of very famous comedians for friends, in the first episode alone there were guests such as Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover), Bill Hader (SNL), and Stephen Tobolowsky (Glee). That’s in just the FIRST episode! I love seeing actors from other shows and from movies making guest spots, and, in instances like Ed and Bill, you can tell they’re mostly on the show to support their friend and because they believe in the show. I’m stoked to see who else will pop up. It’s kind of like 30 Rock in that sense because 30 Rock over the years has had some really awesome guests on their show.

The supporting cast is just as awesome as Mindy. I think everyone has a really great idea of who their character is and who they are to Mindy’s character. Doctor Castellano is kind of an asshole, but an asshole you feel for. You can see that, even though his words say something different, he has feelings for Mindy. It’s very subtle, but very cute. And her best friend Gwen, played by Anna Camp (True Blood, The Help) is wonderful as always. There’s something about her accent and smile that makes her a lovable person, no matter who she plays. And then there are her assistants, Betsy and Shauna who bring some snazzy one liners. Whoever the casting director is needs a high five, they just did a wonderful job! The show, like I said, is moving, yet funny and interesting. This is a half-hour comedy with a real story!

^Watch the Promo!^

Bottom Line: Although the acting was subpar and it looked a little low budget, I think, given time and a chance, this show can be something big.  I know I’ll be watching this show and supporting it 100 percent!


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