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Let’s talk about Mindy Kaling-the beautiful, talented, and all together wonderful star of NBC’s newest fall sitcom, The Mindy Project. Kaling, a writing and acting vet from The Office, has boldly decided to branch out on her own to create a new delightful comedy, starring none other than Mindy herself. The show centers on a neurotic, single, and utterly adorable OB-GYN trying to find love like the kind in romantic comedies. Kaling portrays a caricature of herself, interweaving real life scenarios and personal experiences in to her writing. As she points out to her friend Gwen in Project, “My body mass index is not great, but I’m not like Precious, or anything, you know?” And it’s for this very reason that I already adore The Mindy Project, even after one episode.
Kaling, a self-professed rom-com nerd, brings her charm and humor to her new role and stands out as a sitcom queen. After a successful career on The Office and a bestselling book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Kaling is steadily making her way up the ladder of the Hollywood elite and will soon become a force to be reckoned with. The cool thing about Mindy is, she’s a writer! She’s one of the creative ones, not just another face on TV. She’s original and she’s witty, and could very easily be the next Tina Fey. Not afraid to write about the collection of awkward moments that make up her life or how terribly dramatic she can be, Kaling honestly presents herself as the emotional wreck inside every girl. Take this quote from Hanging Out Without Me, “Until I was thirty, I only dated boys, as far as I can tell. I'll tell you why. Men scared the shit out of me.”
Having been an uber-fan of Kaling for quite some time now, I have high hopes for not only Mindy’s career, but for her new show. Airing back-to-back on Tuesday nights with Fox’s hit comedy New Girl, Project has a good chance to succeed! Funny women are the new thing for TV. The networks are finally realizing that women can, in fact, be just as funny (if not funnier) than men, and that a large television demographic is females between the ages of 18 and 49. So, for all of you out there on the fence about which new fall comedy should make it in to your DVR, I’ve already made the decision for you: it’s The Mindy Project.
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