The Office's Mindy Kaling Gets Her Own Show: "It's This Incredible Thing!"
NBC has given Mindy Kaling (aka The Office's Kelly Kapoor) her own show.
Kaling has signed a two-year, seven-figure deal to continue writing, producing and starring in The Office, while she'll also develop a new show for the network, in which she will probably star.
"NBC has always taken a chance on me as an on-screen talent, even though there are not Indian-American actresses and I'm not, like, a size zero, so it's this incredible thing," Kaling tells TVGuide.com. "There's not a ton of people who look like me or do what I do."
Kaling will continue to play Kelly for at least another season while she works on writing her pilot. While there is no definite idea for her solo effort yet, she has some ideas. "My favorite shows right now are workplace comedies: 30 Rock, The Office and Parks and Recreation," she says. "It's a place where you have to be professional, so if you aren't professional, then it's very funny. The only thing I'm certain about is that it probably won't be a mock documentary."
The season finale of The Office airs Thursday, May 14 (9 pm/ET, NBC).