'Mindy Project' star on series shake-up

The cast of Mindy Kaling's "The Mindy Project" has experienced a bit of restructuring.

Mindy Kaling

Stephen Tobolowsky exited the series in December, Amanda Setton soon will be following, and series regular Anna Camp has been demoted to recurring status to allow her to pursue other projects. "Her part on the show hasn't changed story-wise. It's a workplace show so we weren't using her as much," Kaling said. "We would love to see her do other stuff."

Kaling also revealed that recurring star Ike Barinholtz has been upgraded to a series regular. Filling the hole left by Setton and Camp, two new characters will join the series: Beth Grant and Mary Grill.

Still, co-star Ike Barinholtz insists that despite all the changes, the series has and will stay true to its themes. "What I took away from the pilot is that her life is kind of a mess," Barinholtz said. "I think every episode hits a different angle of that. [Like Mindy's] messy take on a one-night stand."

Added Kaling, "The idea of her wanting to become a better person -- tonight's episode is about New Year's resolutions, and I think there's a renewed sense of: What are the five things I need to do to be a better person? Every episode, we come up with something we've been thinking about in the writer's room."

The actress also hyped the upcoming guest appearance from Seth Rogen, who will play a possible love interest for Mindy's character. "I just watched 'Before Sunrise'. I love two people just talking, and Seth is just so fun to talk to," Kaling said. "There are some interesting twists about what's happened to his character since [summer camp]."

"The Mindy Project" airs Tuesdays on Fox. What do you think of the recent changes to the series?

- The Mindy Project
- Mindy Kaling
- Seth Rogen
- Ike Barinholtz
- Mary Grill
- Beth Grant

Written by: kyleiam
Jan 9th, 2013, 7:55 am


Message Posted On Jan 9th, 2013, 11:28 am
Love the show. Retooling doesn't scare me, 'cos this actors was underused anyway. And Barinholtz is perfect addition to Kaling and Messina. But, i'm concerned about weak ratings.
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