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The Mindy Project is an American romantic comedy television series that premiered on Fox on September 25, 2012, and airs on Tuesday nights. The series, created by Mindy Kaling (the series’s star), is co-produced by Universal Television and 3 Arts Entertainment.
The series follows obstetrician/gynecologist Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling, The Office (U.S.)) as she tries to balance her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small medical practice in New York City. The character was inspired by Kaling’s own mother, an OB/GYN. Mindy explores through life with the help of her co-workers: Danny Castellano (Chris Messina, Damages), her best friend and love interest, whose religious sensibilities and mother issues occasionally cause some tension; Jeremy Reed (Ed Weeks, Dirty Sexy Funny), the English doctor with whom Mindy slept in Season 1; Peter Prentice (Adam Pally, Happy Endings), another handsome doctor who was fraternity jock while attending Dartmouth; Morgan Tookers (Ike Barinholtz, Eastbound & Down), a wacky registered nurse who is also an ex-con because he was framed by his career criminal cousin; and Beverley (Beth Grant, The Office (U.S.)), a libidinous older woman who is the office receptionist and has a heavy Southern accent.
The series was initially commissioned by NBC, but the pilot with the working title It’s Messy was released from NBC’s projects on January 27, 2012. Disney then sent the script to Fox executives who read it over that following weekend. On January 30, 2012, Fox greenlit the pilot, with Mindy Kaling attached to star.
On May 9, 2012, Fox placed a series order for the comedy. Two days later, the title was changed from It’s Messy to The Mindy Project. On August 27, 2012, the pilot episode was made available to view online on various sites including Fox, in an attempt to garner interest in the series. On October 8, 2012, Fox ordered a full season of The Mindy Project.