Each week we will previewing new shows being added to the Fall TV Line-up. These recaps should help you decide what’s worth adding to your viewing schedule and what you should skip. This week introduces us to FOX’s The Mindy Project starring Mindy Kaling (The Office). To start off, have a look at the trailer for the new series and then read on after the jump for a full synopsis:
Premieres: Tuesday, September 25th @ 9:30pm EST on FOX
Starring: Mindy Kaling (The Office), Chris Messina (Damages), Ed Weeks (Olivia Lee: Dirty, Sexy, Funny), Anna Camp (The Good Wife), and Zoe Jarman (Huge). Ed Helms (The Office) and Bill Hader (SNL) guest-star in the pilot.
Competition: NCIS: Los Angeles, Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23, The New Normal (new), and Emily Owens, M.D. (new)
The Plot: The Mindy Project is a biting new single-camera comedy from Emmy Award-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling that follows a woman who, despite having a successful career, is unlucky in love and desperately needs to get her personal life back on track before her friends and colleagues are forced to stage an intervention. 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.
Should You Watch It?: Strong writing, strong cast, strong lead in… sounds like a winner to me. With last year’s comedy winner New Girl as the lead in, you can expect large numbers from the pilot episode. The Mindy Project is the TV equivalent to a chick flick complete with fashion and man eye candy. Kaling joined the writing team for The Office as the first female writer when she was just 24. Episodes she’s written for the series include “The Dundies” and “The Injury” which are two of the most memorable and hilarious. She has also done a great job on the series portraying the scene stealing Kelly Kapoor. I have faith that even if Mindy’s new character on this series may be annoying (always talking about finding the one, complains about being along, makes dumb and irrational decisions), we will all learn to fall in love with her.
Will you be watching The Mindy Project?