"The Mindy Project" is a biting new single-camera comedy from Emmy-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling ("The Office") 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. 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. As Mindy attempts to get her career off the ground and meet a guy who passes her red flag test (no drug habits, no skinny jeans and no secret families, among others), only time will tell if she gets her romantic comedy ending.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Because we like Mindy, first of all. She won our hearts as chatty cubicle dweller Kelly Kapoor on NBC's "The Office," and also wrote some of that show's best episodes. Now she's crafted a smart, sassy vehicle for herself, where we can't help but root for her as a fumbling young doctor struggling to find that perfect rom-com love. She's collected a strong supporting cast, highlighted by Chris Messina ("Damages") as her favorite sparring partner. And we're still holding out hope they'll come up with a better title.
FALL TV MATH
"Bridget Jones' Diary" + ("Grey's Anatomy" – all the blood) + "New Girl" = "The Mindy Project"
DID YOU KNOW?
Kaling made her character an OB/GYN because her mother was one: "It was a job that I had done a lot of research on kind of accidentally throughout my life, and weirdly, her hours are really similar to my hours as a writer/performer. I could call her in the middle of the night and she would be awake… we have the same sleep-deprived schedule." Starring: Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Ike Barinholtz