By Yvonne Villarreal
Los Angeles Times
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Great Q&A with the wonderful Mindy Kaling who just celebrated the 100th episode of her TV show “The Mindy Project.”
Los Angeles Times
It’s a show that has been on the brink of cancellation, officially canceled on Fox, then rescued by Hulu.
To say “The Mindy Project” has endured a winding road on the small screen would be as understated as one of the outfits worn by its titular character, Mindy Lahiri.
The comedy, about a pop-culture-obsessed OB/GYN (played by Mindy Kaling) and her love travails and quirky coworkers, has not only endured for five seasons but, as of this week, is now a card-carrying member of the 100-episode club. That had long been the magic number for a show to become viable for syndication.
Kaling is not only the show’s star, but also its creator. Next up, audiences will see her on the big screen in “Ocean’s Eight,” featuring an all-female cast.
To ring in the 100th episode, which is available to stream on Hulu, we spoke to Kaling about the milestone.
Q: Did it feel like, maybe considering the show’s early bubble status, that you might never get here?
A: You know, because of coming from “The Office,” where we also did 100, I’ve kind of just been trained to expect long runs of shows, which is probably naive. But these are the only two shows I’ve been on, and in my mind I think I’m programmed for this longevity of the show, which is unusual but very helpful.
Q: How have you seen the show evolve over these 100 episodes?
A: I think that the learning curve is mostly the first year. I think the tumultuousness of any first-year show on a network is always the hardest. That’s the “we’re coming into work on the weekends,” that’s the 18-hour day, all of that was kind of the first year. Each subsequent year became easier and more manageable, and yeah, it really did work the way I hoped it would. That’s really a testament to (executive producers) Matt Warburton, Howard Klein, and the cast, all of us jelling in our chemistry even stronger.