Fox Releases Trailer for ‘The Mindy Project’

It’s official: Mindy Kaling’s new comedy The Mindy Project will debut on Fox this fall.

The network announced this morning that the half-hour sitcom will air at 9:30 EST on Tuesday nights, following fellow media darling Zooey Deschanel’s show New Girl.

The show’s official synopsis is below:

THE MINDY PROJECT is a new single-camera comedy from Emmy Award-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling (“The Office”) that follows a woman who, despite having a successful career, desperately needs to break bad habits in her personal life. After all, how many doctors make inappropriate toasts at their ex-boyfriend’s wedding, nearly drown at the bottom of a stranger’s pool and get arrested for disorderly conduct just moments before having to deliver a baby? Funny, impatient and politically incorrect, MINDY LAHIRI (Kaling) can quote every romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan that exists. She loves the good ones and the bad ones, because the girl always gets the guy. Mindy is determined to be more punctual, spend less money, lose weight and read more books – all in pursuit of becoming a well-rounded perfect woman…who can meet and date the perfect guy. Mindy is a skilled OB/GYN and shares a practice with a few other doctors, none of whom make life any easier for her.

Kaling has said in past interviews that she decided to make her character a gynecologist because her mother is one. Given that fun fact, lets all be quietly grateful the show’s original title, It’s Messy, was quietly nixed.

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Rachael Leigh Cook to star in “Nirvana”

Former teen star Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That, All I Wanna Do) has been cast as the female lead in Fox’s new Indian-American sitcom Nirvana.

The TV Squad says Nirvana “revolves around two Indian-American brothers trying to assimilate into the American culture, and Cook plays one of the boys’ girlfriends.” This description makes me very nervous, but I am willing to reserve judgment until the series debuts.

Nirvana has had a somewhat rocky history, having undergone three major cast changes since it was first developed 6 years ago. According to The Hollywood Reporter, comedian Arj Barker was originally cast as the Indian-American lead back in 2004, but was replaced by series creator Ajay Sahgal after a table read.

The original pilot was heavily influenced by Sahgal’s relationship with his wife, actress Kelli Williams (Lie to Me, The Practice.)

Sahgal has said the show is like “Everybody Loves Raymond but with Indian-Americans.”

Update: Actor Ravi Patel (formerly of the show Past Life) is slated to play the male lead. You can follow Patel on Twitter @showmetheravi.