Mindy Kaling

‘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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“I’m a Fucking Indian Woman Who Has Her Own Fucking Show”: Mindy Kaling Fires Back at “Insulting” Diversity Complaints

AUSTIN, TX: When the question came, you could feel the room get just a little tense. The mood thus far had been jovial at “Running the Show: TV’s New Queen of Comedy,” a Marie Claire-sponsored panel discussion of The Mindy Project, spotlighting the show’s creator/runner/star Mindy Kaling, and the topics were fairly innocuous (her writing process, her next book, the recent Mindy/Danny cliffhanger). But when the time came to field questions from the mostly female audience, one woman posed this query: “You guys have a great, diverse set of characters, but was it a conscious decision for Mindy to be the only female doctor, and the only doctor color of show?” … Read More

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A Brief History of Asian Americans on Television

Those who have still not recovered from the tragic loss of Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23 can finally draw their mourning period to a close. Former showrunner Nahnatchka Khan just received a pilot order from ABC, and it’s a far cry from the two-single-gals-in-the-city premise of her last project. An adaptation of Eddie Huang’s memoir Fresh Off the Boat, the would-be series is a family sitcom based on Huang’s experiences as a Taiwanese American growing up in Orlando. Combined with the news that Margaret Cho will co-star in Fox’s upcoming Tina Fey-produced comedy, it’s a promising development for Asian-American representation on television. To put it in perspective, here’s a brief, non-comprehensive history of Asian Americans’ role in the medium, from George Takei to Lucy Liu.  … Read More

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What 10 of Your Favorite Cultural Icons Were Up To in College

Thanks to BuzzFeed’s entertaining roundup, we’ve discovered Mindy Kaling’s college comic strip, Badly Drawn Girl. A shrewd look at the facts of coed life, from frat bros to dining hall food, it’s a peek at what Kaling’s comic sensibilities were like long before she wound up in The Office‘s writers’ room. Other cultural notables have had their fair share of cool college projects, too. We took the liberty of looking up what some of our favorite famous people were up to while they were still living in dorm rooms. … Read More

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12 Television Writers of Color You Should Know

After recent widespread criticism about Saturday Night Live’s lack of diversity, prompted by the hiring of six new cast members (five men and all white), Lorne Michaels woke up and added three African-American women to the SNL family. Sasheer Zamata is the show’s new featured player, while LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones (vetted from the recent auditions) will join the writing staff. … Read More

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Mindy Kaling’s ‘ELLE’ Cover Controversy: Why Fashion Magazines Will Never Change

This month’s ELLE has four different covers, and one of them is the black-and-white photograph of Mindy Kaling you see above. If you asked me, without context, if the photograph was attractive, I’d say yes. In fact I quite like it, as a photograph of Kaling. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Holiday Gift Guide: 50 Gifts for 50 Cultural Icons

Everyone knows that the holidays are a time for tradition, so here’s one of Flavorwire‘s long-time favorites: doling out gifts to some of contemporary culture’s biggest and boldest icons. Whether they’re dead or alive, naughty or nice, whether they’ve been a cultural touchstone for five decades or five minutes — everyone deserves presents this time of year, right? So with that in mind, click through to find the perfect gift for the Miley Cyrus, Joss Whedon, or J-Law in your life. You know you’ve got… Read More

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