Why “The Mindy Project” Matters

Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell has been my favorite new show this season (for a sample of the reasons why check out this and this.)

Comedian Hari Kondabolu is a writer for the show and recently did this web exclusive on why Mindy Kaling’s new sitcom is good for Indian-Americans everywhere. And yes, he mentions both Apu and the Metro PCS guys. Check it out:


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.

Mindy Kaling and Craig Ferguson chat about frozen corpses

Actress Mindy Kaling appeared on Craig Ferguson’s show moments ago (video to come in the morning above). The brief interview was a bit bizarre and featured a talking robot as well as lots of references to Ferguson’s recent Peabody award.

Building off of a Edmund HillaryTenzing Norgay joke that Ferguson made in his monologue, Kaling claimed that to get to the top of Mount Everest, one has to pass “a snowy field of corpses of people who’ve tried to reach the top of Everest but haven’t made it.” (“You’ve made that up,” Ferguson shot back.”)

I think she was referring to Everest’s Death Zone. According to Wikipedia:

Lack of oxygen, exhaustion, extreme cold, and the dangers of the climb all contribute to [Everest’s] death toll. A person who is injured so he can’t walk himself is in serious trouble since it is often extremely risky to try to carry someone out, and generally impractical to use a helicopter.

People who die during the climb are typically left behind. About 150 bodies have never been recovered. It is not uncommon to find corpses near the standard climbing routes.

This 2007 McClatchy article has more gory details about the Death Zone (all emphasis mine):

To reach the summit of Mount Everest, climbers must ascend through a field of corpses—the bodies of climbers who didn’t get off the mountain safely.

Frozen solid, the dead climbers are too heavy to remove easily from the treacherous high slopes. Some perch eerily on rocks; others lie stiff in caves.

“There are a lot of bodies on the mountain,” said Duncan Chessell, an Australian veteran of several attempts on Everest’s summit.

A team of researchers found in 2008 that “factors most associated with the risk of death were excessive fatigue, a tendency to fall behind other climbers and arriving at the summit later in the day.”

Dr. Paul Firth, who led the study, had this warning for potential climbers:

“The majority of those who have died on Everest were in the prime of their lives, with families and friends left bereft,” stresses Firth, who is an instructor in Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School. “Mountaineering is for fun; it’s not worth dying or leaving others there to die. Appropriate caution is the hallmark of the elite mountaineer – the mountain will always be there next year.”

Mindy Kaling explains Twitter to David Letterman

Actress Mindy Kaling spent most of her visit to The Late Show with David Letterman last Wednesday explaining Twitter to Dave. (Kaling tweets @mindykaling) Watch it below:

At 1:22, Letterman asks her if she’s ever regretted anything she’s posted on Twitter. “You can delete,” she assures him.

This would be a good time to note that nothing is ever completely erased from the Internet, especially if you are a celebrity.

Case in point, Kaling blocked me last fall soon after I linked to this horrific tweet about Roman Polanski’s victim in comment 13 of this Ultrabrown post. Kaling deleted the tweet (a re-tweet of a Neal Brennan joke) moments after posting, but not after a flurry of screenshots and retweets occurred.

Confidential to Mindy: Please consider unblocking me, Mindy. I like you, I just hate jokes about rape. And that particular joke was 5 levels of awful. I remember gasping when I first read it.