So far, the new crop of network pilots has been well, interesting (the eye-roll-inducing shock-jock-meets-feminist! radio show Next Caller; the show where Andy from Weeds plays a vet), but Fox is hoping to turn the odds around with The Mindy Project, a new sitcom starring Mindy Kaling as “a skilled OB/GYN navigating the tricky waters of both her personal and professional life, as she pursues her dreams of becoming the perfect woman, finding the perfect man and getting her perfect romantic comedy ending.” Fellow NBC comedy alumni Bill Hader and Ed Helms appear as Kaling’s character’s former flames. The preview clip includes Kaling riding a bike in a sparkly formal dress while hammered, hallucinating a conversation with a Barbie doll and making lots of references to male celebrities (including Michael Fassbender and Hugh Grant).
Fox also picked up Ben and Kate, a comedy which includes the same producers and director as New Girl, and stars Dakota Johnson as a single mother who gets some help from her wacky older brother, played by The Descendants‘ co-writer Nat Faxon.
The Mindy Project will be paired with New Girl on Tuesday nights next season. Fox’s other big-draw Tuesday night comedy series, Glee, moves to Thursdays. There is still the question of whether or not Kaling, who has written and directed a number of episodes of her current show, The Office (including some of the show’s most memorable episodes, among them “The Dundies” and “Diwali”), will leave to devote her time to The Mindy Project.
Roll clip, complete with that same voiceover that accompanies every rom-com.