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.
Tina Fey is returning to NBC — behind the camera at least.
NBC has given a 13-episode order to a new comedy from Fey and her fellow 30 Rock executive producer Robert Carlock. The series will star Office alum Ellie Kemper as a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City. The series is slated for a fall 2014 debut.
Carol Burnett was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the country's top humor honor, over the weekend.
"This is very encouraging," Burnett said in her acceptance speech, The Associated Press reports. "It was a long time in coming, but I understand because there are so many people funnier than I am, especially here in Washington. With any luck, they'll soon get voted out, and I'll still have the Mark Twain prize."
Cecily Strong has filled some mighty big shoes over on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" desk. Before her, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey — arguably two of SNL's finest female comedians — set a pretty high standard. So what does Poehler think of her successor?
Sorry, Taylor Swift. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are returning to host the Golden Globes in 2014 and 2015, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announcedTuesday.
"It's wonderful news," HFPA president Theo Kingma said. "They have always been our first choice as hosts and we're delighted they are back for the next two years."