NBCU Press Day: Comedy Stars Not Fans Of Multi-Cam, Question ‘Shameless’ Decision To Compete For Emmy As Comedy

Mindy KalingIt is the golden age of comedy now, Mindy Kaling told reporters at NBCU Press Day, because whereas once you used to have to wait 2 1/2 years for Larry David to get around to writing another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, “now there’s always something happening” in comedy on the TV landscape. She was joined by stars of other Universal TV comedies airing on NBC and elsewhere.

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andy-sandbergJenna Elfman is a big fan of single cam comedies, like her new Growing Up Fisher, because “with the Internet … audiences are more savvy, and with a single camera you can home in on nuance more than with multi-cam and capture the smarter side of the story.”

Related: NBC Press Day: Bill Lawrence Talks ‘Undateable’

Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg chimed in: “I was on SNL, which was live, but everything I did was pre-taped, so I was already headed in that direction. Parks and Recreation’s Adam Scott said there a “weird thing” about doing comedy on a multi-cam. “If you don’t say a joke with a particular inflection, the laughs just don’t occur. I did very badly in that format.” But he acknowledged, “Shows like Cheers were able to make it work.” Read More »

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Mindy Kaling Exits UTA

By | Tuesday April 8, 2014 @ 12:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

kalingMindy Kaling, creator, executive producer and star of Fox’s The Mindy Project, has departed UTA. She is going agent-less for the time being and has not set up meetings with other agencies but continues to be manged by … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘NCIS’ Slips, ‘Mindy Project’ Craters, ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ & ‘The Voice’ Down

NCIS APRIL 1Looks like the next NCIS (2.3/8) spinoff has gotten off to a slightly unsteady start. After seeing a small rise last week, Tuesday’s second episode of the “Crescent City” two-parter with Scott Bakula dipped 8% from its March 25 episode. On a night that didn’t give big jumps to anyone, that’s a season low for the long-running procedural. The setting up of a Big Easy-based version of NCIS was again the night’s most-watched show, with 16.84 million tuning in, though down a slight 2% from last week. A little bit ahead of its lead-in in the adults 18-49 demo, NCIS: LA (2.4/7) remained even with it March 25 airing. Coming off a big gain last week, Person Of Interest (1.9/6) dipped 5% last night from its previous episode. With all that, CBS took the night in the demo (2.2/7) and in total viewers with 14.49 million.

On Fox’s Glee (0.9/3) it was all New York, New York with the former McKinley High gang starting to strut their stuff in the city that never sleeps. It was a move that didn’t seem to garner much goodwill among the demo: The 102nd episode of the series fell 18% from last week to tie a series low. If Glee’s fall stung, the cratering of The Mindy Project hurt worse. Back for the first time in two months, a double dose of the comedy at 9 PM and 9:30 each drew a 1.0/3 result in 18-49 – that’s a 33% free-fall from the series’ last 9:30 PM original January 31. Read More »

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Hulu Inks Exclusive Streaming Deal With NBCUniversal Series

By | Wednesday April 2, 2014 @ 8:56am PDT

hulu5__131120195159-275x122The exclusive licensing deal announced today makes Hulu Plus the exclusive destination for all previous seasons of Universal TV’s The Mindy Project and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, with BrooklynNineNine.episodicBravo series like … Read More »

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PaleyFest: ‘The Mindy Project’ Cast Discusses The Kiss And James Franco

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 10:50pm PDT

nOdJLOY - Imgur“The death of comedy is political correctness,” Mindy Kaling said at The Mindy Project Q&A at PaleyFest.  The comment was apropos of some lines delivered on the show, but could be a response to the group Media Action Network for Asian- Americans which wants Kaling’s character to stop dating so many white guys on the series. “We are concerned that in the course of two seasons, her character, Dr. Lahiri, has had a ‘white-only’ dating policy involving about a dozen men,” the org wrote the other day to Fox, noting Kaling’s “strangely defensive” response to Entertainment Weekly on the subject: “Do people really wonder on other shows if female leads are dating multicultural people? Like I owe it to every race and minority and beleaguered person. I have to become the United Nations of shows?” At PaleyFest tonight, Kaling said of her show, “My writing staff on this show is the best writing staff on television…they love women and love their characters”

Related: TCA, ‘The Mindy Project’ On Returning Guests, Haiti And That Haircut

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Fox Gives Early Renewals To ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, ‘The Mindy Project’, ‘New Girl’ & ‘The Following’

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 4:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Brooklyn-nine-nineThis is gutsy. Fox has handed early renewals for next season to comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl and The Mindy Project and drama The Following. Golden Globe-winning freshman Brooklyn Nine-Nine is picked up for a second season, Mindy and The Following for a third and New Girl for a fourth. They join three other Fox scripted series that already have been picked up for next season: freshman drama Sleepy Hollow; veteran Bones, renewed for a 10th season; and Glee, which has a final sixth season as part of a two-year pickup. That is a lot of programming already locked in for next season though Fox has extra holes to fill following the cancellation of The X Factor. Networks are not required to make any renewal decisions until May, and most wait to see their pilots before making decisions. Fox, of course, declared in January that it was breaking away from the pilot cycle, so the network also may be going on its own timetable with renewals. But most of all, today’s pickups are about Fox brass giving a vote of confidence to series they feel strongly about creatively.

Related: Fox’s Abolishment Of Pilot Season: Practical Guide To How Will It Work

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TCA: Fox In Talks For Season 10 Of ‘Bones’, Kevin Reilly Bullish On ‘The Mindy Project’ Renewal, Wishes ‘The Voice’ Goes Away

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 12:19pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

TCA UPDATED: The move to Friday didn’t dent Bones‘ longevity one bit. “We are in negotiations on another season of Bones and expect it would be back (for a 10th season),” Fox chairman Kevin Reilly said during the executive session today, indicating that Season 10 will likely be the show’s last. He confirmed Bones110916155920what we had already reported: that Bones creator/showrunner Hart Hanson will move onto his newly picked up Fox series Backstrom, with his top Bones lieutenant Stephen Nathan, who has performed day-to-day showrunner duties on the long-running Fox procedural, taking over next season. Hanson still will be involved in major decisions.

Reilly also spoke of the renewal chances of softly rated sophomore comedy The Mindy Project, which is going on hiatus in the spring. “It’s really on the money (creatively) right now,” he said. “Ratings are not where they should be, the show deserves more viewers. But is a highly upscale show we make money on.” He said Mindy‘s “little hiatus has nothing to do with its renewal chances. “I’m highly bullish on it being back next season.” Read More »

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Bravo Lines Up ‘The Mindy Project’ Marathon On New Year’s Eve

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 11:31am PST

MindyProjectMindy Kaling‘s show has struggled on Fox, but maybe a little home cooking will help. Bravo has a set a marathon of corporate sibling Universal TV‘s The Mindy Project for New Year’s Eve, running all 11 … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ & ‘Dads’ Rise, ‘Goldbergs’ Hits Low, ‘Mindy Project’ Down, CW Hits 5-Year Tuesday Viewership High

By | Wednesday December 4, 2013 @ 9:04am PST

The Voice - Season 5UPDATE, 2:25 PM: Looks like there’s even more holiday cheer out of  The Voice’s Tuesday performance. Final numbers are in and the NBC singing show saw an addition 3% rise among adults 18-49 to 3.4/10 over the fast nationals that had the show up 10% from last week’s Tuesday low tie. The Voice’s 13% rise over its November 26 show may have been helped by the 5% bop up that The Biggest Loser got in final numbers. Previously steady with last week in fast nationals and now at 2.1/6, last nights show is tied with the reality series October 15 premiere for a season high.

PREVIOUSLY, 9:04 AM: There were no holiday specials on the Big 4 last night but it certainly was Christmas on The Voice (3.3/9). With holiday tunes galore from both contestants and judges, the live one-hour show trimmed to a final five contestants with a single elimination from the singer pool and the end of the TwitterSave experiment. After being beaten by Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and tying a Tuesday series low last week, the NBC competition series also got a present in a 10% rise over its November 26 show. The Voice was the night’s highest-rated show and the second-most-watched with 11.89 million viewers. NBC had a good night overall: The Voice’s lead-in The Biggest Loser (2.0/6) was steady with last week while the singing show’s 10 PM lead-out Chicago Fire (2.3/7) was up 10% over its November 26 episode. With a 2.6/7 rating, NBC was No. 1 among adults 18-49 on Tuesday while a repeat-filled CBS was in the top slot viewer-wise with 10.124 million. Read More »

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Fox Midseason: ‘Glee’ Returns To Tuesday, ‘Brooklyn’ Moves Behind ‘New Girl’, ‘Mindy’ Takes Hiatus, ‘Following’ Gets NFC Launch

By | Thursday November 21, 2013 @ 4:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox is making some scheduling changes for midseason. The underperforming two-hour Tuesday comedy block will be scaled to an hour beginning February 25, when Glee will return to the Tuesday 8 PM slot where it did pretty well during the 2011-12 season. Fox brass hope that the move would help the show regain some footing, which it has lost airing behind a very weak The X Factor this fall. The hourlong Fox comedy block will consist of New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which will move to the 9:30 slot on February 4. It will replace The Mindy Project, which will go on hiatus after a winter finale on January 28, returning on April 1 after Brooklyn Nine-Nine ends its freshman run. The move comes after the sophomore comedy starring Mindy Kaling hit a new series low (1.2 in 18-49) this week. The show’s crew already has been told of the scheduling change, and Mindy is planning a month-long production hiatus around the holidays which the writers will use to regroup and plot the show’s April re-launch.

Fox also is changing its launch plans for midseason dramas The Following and Rake. Instead of premiering new legal dramedy Rake behind the NFC Championship Game on January 19 as previously announced, Fox will launch the second season of  gritty drama The Following after the big game for a two-night season premiere on Sunday, January 19 and Monday, January 20 when the series will debut in its regular Monday 9 PM slot, following the season finale of Sleepy Hollow. The argument is that the dark, male skewing Following would be more compatible with the football game than the lighter, more female-friendly Rake. The new series starring Greg Kinnear will premiere January 23 in its regular Thursday 9 PM slot, following American Idol. As previously announced, new Fox comedy Enlisted will premiere on Friday, January 10, and original episodes of New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine will air after the Super Bowl on February 2. Remaining unclear if the spring scheduling of comedy Dads, which will air its last originals in its Tuesday February 4 and February 11 before going on hiatus to make room for Glee. It could come back later in the season, a return date is TBD. Here are Fox’s updated winter premiere dates: Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ABC Scores With David Blaine Special, CBS Nabs First Tuesday Win

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 9:57am PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC needed some ratings magic this fall and it got it last night from a professional. David Blaine’s Real Or Magic celebrity special from 9:30-11 PM drew a 2.5 rating in 18-49, winning its time period, posting ABC’s best numbers in the time frame this season and helping the network score its best 18-49 finish on the night since premiere week. (Check out a clip of Blaine wowing Ricky Gervais below.) Even more impressive, Blaine topped Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2.3) as ABC’s highest-rated program of the night on a fraction of the budget of the superhero drama. It also did better than ABC’s scripted magic franchise, Once Upon A Time, has been doing this fall. Since TV is a copycat business, expect more magic specials to pop up soon. Fox already has one in the can with close-up magician JB Benn, which could be scheduled soon.

Here’s a clip of Blaine needling Ricky Gervais last night:

There was more good news for ABC last night, as S.H.I.E.L.D. finally posted a week-to-week uptick (.1) after slipping since the premiere, an indication that the freshman drama may have bottomed out. But sandwiched between S.H.I.E.L.D. and David Blaine, The Goldbergs (1.6) was down 6%.

By looking at the ratings for CBS’ Tuesday dramas, you wouldn’t tell how eventful they were, with NCIS introducing new main character Ellie Bishop (played by Emily Wickersham) to replace Ziva, and Person Of Interest bidding a shocking farewell to one of its main characters. NCIS (3.0) was even with last week (up a tenth from the fast national), POI (2.0) too was flat, while NCIS: LA (2.5) was up a tenth. POI still won the 10 PM hour, topping NBC’s Chicago Fire (1.9) for a second time. The firefighter drama dropped 14% to a season low. Its lead-in, The Voice (3.1), also was down, by 9%. The Biggest Loser (1.9) was flat. With NBC’s 9-11 PM declines, CBS’ steadiness paid off — the network logged its first outright Tuesday night win in adults 18-49 (2.5) this season and was once again the most-watched network with 15.5 million. Read More »

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‘The Mindy Project’, Beaten Up By ‘The Voice’, Kicks Fox Decency Police

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 4:15pm PDT

The Mindy Project showrunner appears to be fed up with notes from the Fox Decency Police, and has tweeted one such memo — presumably to embarrass the division. In its pre-shoot memo about one of the comedy’s episodes, The Fox Decency Police made these requests:

Page 13: Please substitute for Peter’s “balls” reference.

Page 28 Please substitute for Mindy’s “penis” reference.

Please substitute for Mindy’s “69″ reference.

Decency Police and their “We’ll trade you one penis for two vaginas” memos are always good for a laugh on a slow day, which may explain why today The Reporters Who Cover Television glommed on to showrunner Matt Warburton‘s tweet of several days ago (you know how it is: TV critic re-tweets it, Defamer posts it, more media pick it up). In the Twitter post, he took a photo of the memo and added, “The Mindy Project is a classy show for grown ups”, like he meant it to sting. And yet, ask someone attached to the show’s production or broadcast why it’s still on the air with the numbers it’s getting these days and you probably ARE going to get an earful of “Mindy is a very upscale show, with a 142 index in the demo in $100K+ homes, ranking No. 9 among major broadcast network shows in this category, and the highest indexing of any Fox entertainment series.”

Still, you can’t help but feel for Warburton. His series is getting clobbered by NBC’s The Voice in its time slot (last season NBC had little-watched comedies Go On and The New Normal in the second hour of primetime on the night). Read More »

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Fox Gives ‘The Mindy Project’ Early VOD/Digital Debut

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 7:39am PDT

In a move we’ve come to expect for freshman series — but for returning ones, not so much — Fox will preview the season debut of The Mindy Project on VOD and digital platforms beginning today. That’s a … Read More »

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TCA: ‘The Mindy Project’ On Returning Guests, Haiti And That Haircut

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 2:21pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

During an on-set visit to Fox‘s The Mindy Project as part of the TCA Summer Press Tour, the cast and producers revealed that Season 2 of the series will feature the returns of first-season guests Bill Hader, Anders Holm, Chloe Sevigny and James Franco. In addition, panelists confirmed that that the planned trip to Haiti introduced last season will indeed be part of the comedy’s storyline when it returns to the schedule September 17. “We thought it would be sort of lame if we didn’t go to Haiti, so we do,” said executive producer Matt Warburton today on Stage 34 of the Universal Studios lot. Star Mindy Kaling said the show has broken “7 or 8” episodes to date. Read More »

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Xosha Roquemore Joins ‘Mindy Project’ As New Regular, Kevin Durand In ‘The Strain’

By | Friday April 26, 2013 @ 12:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Young actress Xosha Roquemore has been added to the cast of Fox’s The Mindy Project as a new regular next season after doing a three-episode arc on the comedy’s current freshman season. Roquemore recently landed a major recurring role on TV Land’s new Kirstie Alley comedy series after guest starring in the pilot, but in light of the Mindy Project opportunity, the cable network let the actress out and will recast her role. Roquemore, repped by SDB Partners, Principal Entertainment and Frank Stewart, co-stars in G.B.F., which is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. Read More »

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Fox Pushes Season Finale Dates Of 4 Series

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 1:54pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With more and more broadcast series ending their seasons earlier and earlier, Fox is delaying the season finales of four series this year. The network today amended the list of season finale dates it issued two weeks ago with new dates for New Girl, The Mindy Project, Kitchen Nightmares and Touch. Comedies New Girl and Mindy Project, originally slated to wrap their seasons May 7, will now air their finales May 14. Kitchen Nightmares and Touch will finish their seasons May 10. In Fox’s previous plan, Kitchen Nightmares was to end its original run April 6, followed by Touch‘s closer April 26. The reason for the tweaks is that Fox brass decided to have more originals on in May. The rest of the network’s season-finale dates remain unchanged. Here is the full list of Fox’s season finales/summer premieres: Read More »

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‘The Mindy Project’ At PaleyFest: She’s Writing A 2nd Book, Will Do ‘Office’ Finale

By | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 9:58pm PST

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Mindy Kaling confirmed during tonight’s PaleyFest 2013 panel in Beverly Hills that she will be spending her hiatus down time between seasons writing a new book. It’ll be the second book for the former regular on The Office and current creator/exec producer/star of her freshman Fox comedy The Mindy Project, which earned an early second season renewal on Monday despite tepid ratings. During the PaleyFest event for Mindy Project, Kaling revealed that the untitled book would find her looking at “the high highs and low lows of the past 18 months” and would come out “in like a year and a half.” Her first book, titled Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), was published in November 2011. And she said early in the evening that she will be returning to shoot The Office series finale. “It’s really exciting,” she offered. “I’ve just read the pages, and it’s a really amazing episode of television.”
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Anders Holm To Recur On ‘Mindy Project’, Manolo Cardona On ‘Covert Affairs’

By | Wednesday March 6, 2013 @ 6:39pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

WorkaholicsAnders Holm is joining Fox‘s comedy series The Mindy Project as a new love interest for Mindy (Mindy Kaling). In a four-episode arc, Holm will play Casey, a charismatic, altruistic, and popular Lutheran pastor in New … Read More »

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Fox Early Renewals: ‘The Following’, ‘New Girl’, ‘Raising Hope’ & ‘Mindy Project’

By | Monday March 4, 2013 @ 12:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The FollowingFox has handed early renewals to midseason drama The Following and Tuesday comedies New Girl, Raising Hope and The Mindy Project. They join recently renewed veteran Bones, with negotiations for a … Read More »

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