First off, kudos to the Fox executives who made the fast executive decision to the name of this comedy from It’s Messy to The Mindy Project. I see how the show could be called the former, since Mindy Kaling’s character is an OB/GYN, and her work/professional life is indeed messy, but that’s just not a great name for a sitcom. But that’s not something we have to worry about anymore.
I feel like The Mindy Project is going to one of my favorite new comedies of the fall. I’ve always been a HUGE FAN of Kaling on The Office, and I knew one day she would branch off and do a great sitcom like this one seems to be.
This comedy is the perfect companion for New Girl, and Fox executives knew that when they picked up the pilot when NBC rejected it. Kaling’s Dr. Mindy Lahiri just seems like she has nothing together in her life, from bashing her ex at his own wedding (good for her for doing what we wish we all had the courage to do), and being arrested for “being disorderly and a rapist of peace and quiet,” but in the end, Mindy is trying to get her life back on the right patch in order to find the right man.
I’m really intrigued by the relationship between Mindy and Dr. Danny Castellano (Chris Messina). This is one of those typical love/hate relationships between co-workers that’s the staple of every romantic comedy, but you know in the end they’re suppose to be together. It’ll be interesting to see the road that leads us to the end with the two of them, and what different guys (and girls for Dr. Castellano) will be the entertaining road blocks along the way.
The only thing I wish were different was the juggle between her personal life and her work life. Even though her being a OB/GYN is a huge aspect of the show, I feel like we as an audience would benefit from seeing more of Mindy’s personal life, and how she ended up as screwed up as she is. I also HATE her co-worker Dr. Jeremy Reed (Ed Weeks) just from the three minute promo. He’s going to be one of those characters where the audience loves to hate him.
Look out for cameos from Saturday Night Live‘s Bill Hader and Kaling’s former Office co-star Ed Helms in the pilot.
The Mindy Project is slated to air Tuesdays at 930 p.m. this fall on Fox.