If the TV networks are wondering where their female under-25 audience was last night — they were at the Awardsline screening of Fox’s The Mindy Project. Fox always knew better than to cancel Mindy Project, and for anyone who ever had their doubts about the show’s popularity, given its low nightly ratings, look no further than the stampede of women who showed up at the Landmark Theatre in West LA to catch the season finale “Danny and Mindy” and to get a chance to meet star/executive producer Mindy Kaling and castmembers Ike Barinholtz, Adam Pally, Ed Weeks, Xosha Roquemore and Beth Grant. Making good with those who couldn’t get into the overbooked screening, Kaling threw herself into the crowd for selfies, autographs and hugs. One fan exclaimed to Kaling, “To have an Indian woman like you onscreen, who is so nuanced, so smart and witty, who has flaws and strengths, it means so much to girls like me.”
Another big treat for the Mindy Project cast was getting the chance to watch the show with their fans on the big screen. “This is rare for us,” said Kaling. In the Q&A following the screening with Deadline’s Dominic Patten moderating, the big question that Kaling and cast fielded was: Where do they go in Season 3 now that Danny (Chris Messina) and Mindy are together? “Suspense is always good, but there’s a lot of great virtues from the TV comedies we love — I Love Lucy, Modern Family — which show couples together. Mindy and Danny at Costco or (Catholic) Mass is funny — there’s so many funny places you can put them.”
“They fight about everything,” added Barinholtz who also writes on the show.
Kaling hinted at a potential Season 3 plotline involving Danny’s mother. “I’m obsessed with her,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of fun pitching on her, and Danny comes from a more damaged family, whereas my character had a pretty good upbringing.” As far as delving into her own family, the comedy actress explained, “There’s a slightly smaller pool of actors to pull from (in terms of casting), plus my dad’s such a narcissist. He doesn’t get that I’m not that person (onscreen)!”
Kaling also gave Barinholtz a shout-out for landing a role n the upcoming Tina Fey-Amy Poehler film The Nest. “He’s male sexual attractive lead!” said the actress, to which Barinholtz quipped, “It’s a science fiction film”, prompting Pally to sarcastically question, “Isn’t the film set in 1940s Russia?”
Pre-Emmy nominations, The Mindy Project has racked up a TV Critics’ Choice nom for Messina in the best actor comedy category as well as Television Critics Association Award nomination for the show in individual achievement in comedy. Kaling alone has racked up six noms for her writing and producing work on NBC’s The Office.
There’s one more screening left in the Awardsline Emmy Screening series, Lifetime’s Devious Maids on June 16. Stars Edy Ganem, Roselyn Sanchez, Dania Ramirez, Rebecca Wisocky, creator/executive producer Marc Cherry and executive producer Sabrina are set to attend. Click here to RSVP.