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THE MINDY PROJECT

THE MINDY PROJECT is a new single-camera comedy from Emmy Award-nominated writer/producerand New York Times best-selling authorMindy Kaling (“The Office”) that follows a woman who, despite having a successful career, desperately needs to break bad habits in her personal life. After all, how many doctors make inappropriate toasts at their ex-boyfriend’s wedding, nearly drown at the bottom of a stranger’s pool and get arrested for disorderly conduct just moments before having to deliver a baby? Funny, impatient and politically incorrect, MINDY LAHIRI (Kaling) can quote every romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan that exists. She loves the good ones and the bad ones, because the girl always gets the guy. Mindy is determined to be more punctual, spend less money, lose weight and read more books – all in pursuit of becoming a well-rounded perfect woman…who can meet and date the perfect guy. Mindy is a skilled OB/GYN and shares a practice with a few other doctors, none of whom make life any easier for her. JEREMY REED (British writer/comedian Ed Weeks) is the walking definition of total bad news. He not only shares a practice with Mindy, but sometimes her bed as well – despite her best efforts to resist. He is funny, self-absorbed and super sexy. In contrast, DANNY CASTELLANO (Chris Messina, “Damages”) is a hothead and guys’ guy who has a habit of stealing Mindy’s patients. Danny criticizes her for everything, including her struggling love life and her lack of professionalism – even though it’s obvious to everyone except Mindy that he secretly admires her work. His blue-collar childhood gives him a big chip on his shoulder, but he is a dedicated physician, which Mindy can’t stand to admit because he’s always getting on her case. Rounding out the office staff are the receptionists – BETSY PUTCH (Zoe Jarman, “Huge”), young, earnest and easily excitable, who thinks the world of Mindy and is always trying to impress her; and SHAUNA DICANIO (newcomer Dana DeLorenzo), a self-assured Jersey Girl who is indifferent to Mindy, always knows where the cool party is and carries a poorly concealed torch for Danny. Mindy is in constant communication with her beloved best friend from college, GWEN GRANDY (Anna Camp, “The Good Wife”), who also happens to be the governor’s daughter. Gwen is a hilarious, sometimes too-blunt friend, and secretly a former carefree party girl (which only Mindy seems to remember). Although Gwen is now happily married to a financial analyst, with a six-year-old daughter, this lawyer-turned-Pilates mom remains squarely in Mindy’s corner. As Mindy attempts to get her career off the ground and meet a guy who passes her red flag test (no drug habits, no skinny jeans and no secret families, among others), only time will tell if she gets her romantic comedy ending.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment

CREATOR/WRITER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mindy Kaling

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Howard Klein, B.J. Novak (pilot)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Charles McDougall (pilot)

CAST: Mindy Kaling as Mindy, Chris Messina as Danny, Ed Weeks as Jeremy, Anna Camp as Gwen, Zoe Jarman as Betsy, Dana DeLorenzo as Shauna

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I really liked the pilot too and see a lot of potential. I've always liked Mindy Kaling and I hope the show is successful and that she'll be a huge breakout star. Loved the pop culture references. Funniest one was "I hope he has the face of Michael Fassbender. (pause) I hope he has the penis of Michael Fassbender." :lol:

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This is my absolute favorite sitcom pilot of the season. It is smart and witty and takes itself seriously, but it is still funny and not pretentious like the nbc comedies. very impressed with all the casting and loving Mindys romcom obsession and comparing her life to them.

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This is my absolute favorite sitcom pilot of the season. It is smart and witty and takes itself seriously, but it is still funny and not pretentious like the nbc comedies. very impressed with all the casting and loving Mindys romcom obsession and comparing her life to them.

Me to.. I love this show. It isn't dull and unfunny like all the NBc sitcoms!

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Yesterday's episode was really good. I naturally love episodes where the group hangs out together. And I liked that Amanda Setton and Zoe Jarman got more airtime. I also like the addition of Ike Barinholt, I think he's hilarious. Why is Anna Camp on the show? Her character, who is Mindy's friend, didn't even go the club. Hopefully she'll be join the group and actually be part of the show.

Shauna: I need to add a plus one at the club on Friday night. It's my boss, sort of a 'Make A Wish' thing.

Mindy: Weird, it's like if Hermione liked Voldemort.

Shauna: I don't know those words.

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Yesterday's episode was really good. I naturally love episodes where the group hangs out together. And I liked that Amanda Setton and Zoe Jarman got more airtime. I also like the addition of Ike Barinholt, I think he's hilarious. Why is Anna Camp on the show? Her character, who is Mindy's friend, didn't even go the club. Hopefully she'll be join the group and actually be part of the show.

Shauna: I need to add a plus one at the club on Friday night. It's my boss, sort of a 'Make A Wish' thing.

Mindy: Weird, it's like if Hermione liked Voldemort.

Shauna: I don't know those words.

Bc she has a family and doesnt seem like the type to do the club scene which was a singles night out. Sure they could have come up with an excuse to have her tag along but I think she would have fufilled a similar role that Betsy played. Friend going out to a NY club for the first time vs friend going out to a NY club for the first time in a long time. Alot of mini plot threads were going on in that club scene and it was probably best to limit it the way they had instead of trying to juggle yet another one. From a writing and production standpoint, I dont think there was room to have her fit there

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