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How Mindy Project's Mindy Kaling Celebrates the Strength of Weak Female Characters

Mindy Kaling

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.

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Exclusive First Look at USA's New Comedy Playing House: It's Just Like ... Ice Cream?

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ... USA's new comedy Playing House?

In the new half-hour comedy created by and starring Best Friends Forever's Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, a... read more

NBC Orders Comedy from Tina Fey

Tina Fey

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.

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Ask Matt: Remakes, "New" Mike & Molly, NCIS Spin-Offs, Castle

Mark Harmon

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: Curious for your take on this. NBC just announced a remake of Murder, She Wrote with Octavia Spencer. They recently cancelled their re-imagining of the ...
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Character Actor Ed Lauter Dies at 74

Ed Lauter

Character actor Ed Lauter, who appeared in films including The Artist,The Longest Yard and Born on the Fourth of July, died Wednesday, The Associated Press reports. He was 74.

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Burton and Taylor vs. Liz & Dick: A Serious Scientific Comparison

Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter

It's the battle of the biopics!

Last fall, Lifetimes premiered Lindsay Lohan's "comeback" film Liz & Dick, chronicling Elizabeth Taylor's romance with Richard Burton. Now BBC has responded with its own version of the couple's tumultuous relationship, Burton and Taylor. So is the latest take on the infamous couple actually any better than the Lifetime bomb? Let's take a look:

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The Office's Craig Robinson Arrested for Drug Possession

Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson was arrested for drug possession in the Bahamas on Wednesday, TMZ.com reports.

The Office star allegedly attempted to... read more

Fox Orders Unscripted Comedy Slide Show From Steve Carell

Steve Carell

Fox has ordered eight episodes of Slide Show, an unscripted comedy from The Office's Steve Carell, the network announced Tuesday.

Slide Show pits two teams of celebrities and comedians against each other in showdowns that will test the mind and body — all while the set is tilted on a 22.5 degree angle.

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"Comedy is... read more

Exclusive: Melora Hardin Is One of ABC's Killer Women

Melora Hardin

Former Office star Melora Hardin has been tapped for a guest role on ABC's new drama Killer Women, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Hardin, who also recurred on USA's Monk, will play Nan Reed, the long-suffering spouse of a yahoo husband who browbeats Nan into getting plastic surgery whenever the mood strikes. Or at least he does until she's finally had enough.

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Killer Women
stars Battlestar Galactica's Tricia Helfer as Molly Parker, the only woman in an elite squad of Texas Rangers... read more

The Good Wife: Stockard Channing, Dreama Walker Returning, Office Alum to Visit

Stockard Channing

The Good Wife is in store for some motherly advice when the CBS legal drama returns this fall — whether she likes it or not!

Stockard Channing is set to reprise her role as Alicia's mother, Veronica, in the... read more

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