Early on in my viewing of The Mindy Project (Tuesdays, 9:30/8:30c, Fox), I took a hard stance against the seemingly inevitable Danny (Chris Messina) and Mindy (Mindy Kaling) pairing. In fact, I wrote a whole story about why these polar opposite colleagues-turned-friends should never take their relationship to the next level. At the time, I said it was because so many of Mindy's other love interests were just as endearing and more believable. (Brendan gave her that star for her birthday! If Pastor Casey really makes it as an event planner, they can still make it work!) But the real confession might just be a much more selfish one: that I want Dr. Danny Castellano all for myself. Sure, he's attractive and has a good job but my love for the (sadly) fictional but wonderful leading man runs much deeper. Here are 25 reasons why Dr. D is the guy for me...
We can already feel the tempers flaring.
The Mindy Project has cast Dan Hedaya, best known for playing Cher's hotheaded dad in Clueless, as Danny's estranged father...
Strong female characters are rarely allowed to be nuanced on TV. They don't get to be brilliant, vain or funny. They get to be strong (and maybe sexy, if they're lucky). They kick a--, overcome obstacles and rarely display any signs of feminine vulnerability. Often times, their strength is framed as the result of some "issue," (SVU's Olivia Benson troubled childhood, Sonya Cross' Asperger's on The Bridge), as though the women are only strong because a catalyst forced them to be this way.
But Mindy Lahiri doesn't have issues (well, she has issues, but not in that sense). She's a strong, well-developed comedic antihero on par with Michael Scott. But many Mindy Project viewers didn't warm to Mindy as quickly as they took to the equally offensive Office boss. "I think that [Mindy] is very resilient and very confident and until you see her display kindness or show rapport with other people, it's hard for an audience just to decide they love her," Mindy Kaling tells TVGuide.com, recalling the initial reaction to the character.
Get ready to meet Dr. Danny's baby bro!
The Social Network's Max Minghella has been cast as Richie Castellano, the younger brother of Danny (Chris Messina) on The Mindy Project, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Series star and creator Mindy Kaling broke...
When we met the confident, caddish Jeremy in the pilot, he didn't quite fit in withThe Mindy Project's other flawed, quirky characters. Then he got fat and magic happened.
All of a sudden, Jeremy became a frazzled, insecure teddy bear we all wanted to hold and eat Cheetos with. "I have to say it's been a blast," Ed Weeks tells TVGuide.com. "I think him coming back from hiatus fat was a big catalyst for a lot of the changes. It sort of unlocked a way of playing him ... which I think is A. more comedic for me to play and B. I think its probably more relatable to the audience because we all have vulnerabilities and its nice when characters find flaws."