Mindy Kaling

Maureen Dowd Stumbles Upon Female “Raunch” Comedy, Proclaims It a Trend

It is one of the small pleasures of life to see a New York Times op-ed columnist come down from her tower, take notice of a phenomenon in the culture sphere, and proclaim it an actual trend. It is even better when that trend has been percolating for over a decade, as is the case with the subject of Maureen Dowd’s most recent column, “Dirty Words From Pretty Mouths.” … Read More

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‘The Mindy Project’ Is Not Rising Above Its Tired Pregnancy Storyline

As TV pregnancy storylines are wont to do, The Mindy Project’s little bundle of unplanned joy came at a pretty lousy time: Mindy was making plans to establish a fertility clinic on the East Coast, baby daddy Danny was unaware of the pregnancy but had made it very clear that he would never leave New York, and the couple was bickering over whether it’s appropriate to bitch-slap a sullen teenager during a dinner party (the jury is still out on that one). Then Mindy told Danny about the baby, they kissed on a couch, Beyoncé’s “XO” started playing, and we knew that everything was going to work out. … Read More

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‘The Mindy Project’s’ Disappointing “Big Twist”

Because the world is a cruel place, The Mindy Project has never quite managed to draw the audience it deserves. Despite its consistently on-point writing and delightful ensemble cast, the sitcom has suffered from a steady decline in ratings since it premiered in 2012, and Fox’s axe seems to be constantly dangling over the show’s head. But Tuesday’s episode set the Internet a-buzz thanks to a “BIG TWIST” that wasn’t actually all that big or twisty: Mindy Lahiri is pregnant.  … Read More

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The Year’s Most Controversial Magazine Covers: 2014

What did we learn from the controversial magazine covers this year? It was an complicated and tumultuous year politically, although this year that didn’t leave us with boundary-pushing, banned-in-Boston covers like Rolling Stone‘s notorious Boston bomber selfie. We had a lot of conversations about famous women on magazine covers and what it all meant. The themes that keep cropping up, repeatedly, is that controversy comes when issues of class, race, and size are in the picture. Here are some of the covers we couldn’t stop talking about this year. … Read More

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‘The Mindy Project’ Finally Commits — For Better and Worse

The Mindy Project‘s romantic comedy aspirations have been iffy at best. The genre is certainly in Mindy Kaling’s wheelhouse — she details her love for rom-coms in her memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, and clearly understands the type of characters and the emotional beats that go along with it — but the general inconsistency and weak characters that plague The Mindy Project hinders these aspirations, causing the entire Danny/Mindy narrative to fall flat. It’s a shame, because their storyline is often the bright spot in a dull show, largely due to Chris Messina’s performance. As The Mindy Project enters its third season, tonight, it’s continuing to take small steps to better itself but still isn’t quite sure how to do that. … Read More

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Why Doesn’t Judd Apatow Have to Answer Questions About Racism? Mindy Kaling on Being a Role Model

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Mindy Kaling, the creator, showrunner, and star of The Mindy Project, discussed the responsibility that she feels to answer questions about feminism and diversity in her work and on her show: … Read More

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Why ‘The Mindy Project’ Fails at Everything It Attempts

When Danny and Mindy got together a few episodes ago on The Mindy Project, the reaction from fans rivaled that of New Girl’s Nick and Jess shippers. The difference between the two audiences, of course, was that New Girl fans had earned the Nick and Jess relationship after two seasons that did not rely solely on the “will they or won’t they?” tease to carry them through. Moreover, New Girl fans were given an opportunity to actually enjoy the relationship before — spoiler alert — Nick and Jess broke up. Mindy and Danny shippers got one perfect scene of romantic bliss (the airplane kiss) and a couple episodes rife with drama before the split. One episode later, Mindy is back to guest-star flavors of the week, like New Girl’s Schmidt in tonight’s episode, and Danny is hooking up with Peter’s sister. A show has not made me feel so much like I’m doing dating in New York wrong since Sex and the City. Hell, even Girls gets it right more often than Mindy. … Read More

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15 Possible Letterman Replacements Who Aren’t White Dudes

This week, David Letterman announced his retirement from his eponymous late-night talk show. While he won’t retire until sometime next year, people are already speculating about who will replace him on the show he’s helmed for over 20 years. And, in typical fashion, most of the predictions veer in the direction of Jon Stewart, Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, or Conan O’Brien. Given that the late-night talk show landscape is almost exclusively the territory of white men, we have a few suggestions of comedians who could replace Letterman and — gasp! — aren’t white… Read More

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‘The Mindy Project’ Is Still a Mess, Despite Small Improvements

At this point, close to the end of the second season, I can say that The Mindy Project is never going to be my favorite show. That’s fine: there are plenty of other sitcoms for me to love, and plenty of other people to love this particular sitcom. It’s hard to express my distaste for this show because it’s not terrible and I watch many programs that are much, much worse. The Mindy Project is fine. It was once bad but now it’s fine, as evidenced by last night’s double feature, “French Me, You Idiot” and “Indian BBW.” Both episodes were improvements, both had well-crafted jokes, both had a fun little story. Neither sold me on the show but neither made me turn off the television. Baby steps, I suppose. … Read More

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