Mindy Kaling and other stars of new TV shows talk about what makes their pilots stand out. Mindy Kaling not only stars in the medical comedy, she’s the series creator and executive producer.
The launch of new shows for the 2012-13 fall TV season continues with three new programs.
FOX adds “Ben and Kate” and “The Mindy Project,” which will run along with “New Girl,” and “Raising Hope,” which will begin its third season Oct. 2. The four create a full night of laughs-and-giggles programming.
Here’s a look at each show:
“THE MINDY PROJECT”
The show is called “The Mindy Project” for a reason. Mindy Kaling not only stars in the medical comedy, she’s the series creator and executive producer.
After a long run with “The Office,” she wanted to do a series where she could show her feelings.
“I’m someone who loves romance. I always have loved it. Most people who grew up as nerds, as I was surprisingly, have loved romance. On ‘The Office,’ so much of the show is kind of disguising your true feelings and your romantic feelings because it was a documentary, a mock documentary, and so I think in a lot of ways, it’s like a reaction to that, because I just wanted to explore love and romance, but with people who are, like, legitimately busy and have busy lives,” Kaling says.
She made the character a doctor because her mother’s an OB/GYN and Kaling did a lot of research accidentally throughout her life.
“BEN AND KATE”
The responsible single mom Johnson plays in the series will be miles away from her real life as the daughter of celebrities (her parents are Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson). That won’t be a problem because she never thought of her parents as stars.