The Hudsonian Sees THE MINDY PROJECT

The Mindy Project Is Exactly That…A Project

 by Josh Hudson

This new FOX comedy originally aired its pilot episode on September 25, 2012. More high hopes on a show that’s not bringing it.

The Mindy Project isn’t what I’d call funny. And it’s a sitcom. Does anyone else see the issue with that?

It focuses on a 30-something doctor named, you guessed it, Mindy. She’s obsessed with romantic comedies and thinks that her life is exactly that. She wants to find romance and be swept off her feet in ways we only see in movies. Turns out, that doesn’t exist in real life, so she finds herself juggling two co-workers in an attempt to fulfill her primal urges.

I admire the gusto of Mindy Kaling. This is her show from top to bottom. Creator, writer, producer, and actor. Kudos to her. I’m writing reviews of shows instead of having my own show, so I’m not hating. What I’m hating on is the simple fact that this comedy is not funny. Much like the shows it shares FOX’s Tuesday lineup with, it relies too much on the awkward relationships between Mindy and her two featured co-workers, Danny and Jeremy. I would simply call this bad chemistry.

My biggest issue with this show is that romantic comedies should never be condensed into a serialized sitcom. It’s bad enough we put up with them for 90 minutes three times a summer. We don’t need them for a half hour every Tuesday night twenty-two times a year. That’s what this show is; a poorly told rom-com.

I hope this series comes around. I really do. I’m a fan of female leads in comedy, especially ones that break the norm of what society might deem “attractive.” But this show would work better if it weren’t on network television. All it needs is more girl balls to push the boundaries.

And jokes. Definitely more jokes.

What Have We Learned from the 1st Week of the 2012 Season?

Some interesting bits, actually:

After One Week, Which TV Shows Look Good and Which Seem Doomed? – by Josef Adalian

Congratulations, fellow TV viewers: We’ve survived another premiere week! The networks threw all manner of new shows our way and forced us to fill our DVRs to bursting with returning favorites. It seems only fair that we repay their kindness by rushing to judgement about how their new lineups fared out of the gate, from the obvious winners to the Romney-esque losers. Yes, yes: One week does not a season make, particularly in an era when shows debut year-round and many viewers watch shows on their own damn schedules. But that caveat aside, we still think there are some early lessons to be drawn from the early days of the new season.

It’s more important than ever to pay attention to time-shifted viewing...

NBC has emerged from the Dark Ages

Fox is off to a rocky start...

We can already tell which shows are sticking around and which are doomed

TV’s grizzled veterans continue to defy gravity

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Are These The Best Shows of the Coming Season?

Writer Alison Willmore of IndieWire.Com thinks so, but we aren’t so sure:

Fall’s Five Most Promising-Looking New Network TV Shows – by Alison Willmore

Summer has come to an unofficial end, and with fall arrives the start of the TV season and a host of shiny new series. While the cable channels are on a year-round calendar these days, staggering their shows’ seasons throughout the year, the broadcast networks still use September and October to launch the majority of their returning and first-time programs. While the offerings on the big four networks don’t tend to display the creative freedom that cable series do, there’s always the chance that a new “30 Rock,” “Community” or “The Good Wife” sneaks in under the radar. Here are our picks for the five most promising-looking new shows on the big networks this fall, from a 1960s-set Western to a supernatural drama.

“666 Park Avenue”
Premiere: Sunday, September 30, at 10pm on ABC

The idea of something demonic lurking in the upscale apartment blocks of the Upper East Side is an appealing one — how else do people afford those rents?…

“Elementary”
Premiere: Tuesday, September 25, at 10pm on CBS

Obviously, if we had to choose only one modern-day interpretation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous character, it would be the delightfully snippy incarnation of the legendary detective engineered by BBC and Benedict Cumberbatch

“The Mindy Project”
Premiere: Tuesday, September 25, at 9:30pm on Fox

“The Office” alum Mindy Kaling is a welcome addition to the continuing evolution and growing prominence of funny women on the big and small screens…

“Nashville”
Premiere: Wednesday, October 10, at 10pm on ABC

Connie Britton stole our hearts as mother (or for some, MILF) extraordinaire Tami Taylor on “Friday Night Lights,” and her well-deserved lead role in the ABC drama “Nashville,” written and created by Oscar-winning “Thelma & Louise” screenwriter Callie Khouri, suggests that her steel magnolia stylings are going to be put to appropriate use…

“Vegas”
Premiere: Tuesday, September 25, at 10pm on CBS

So last year’s “Mad Men” knockoffs “The Playboy Club” and “Pan Am” didn’t make it to a second season (or, in the case of the former, very far into a first season). But while “Vegas” may also be set in the ’60s, it’s not another saga of retro drinking habits and sexism in one of our nation’s urban centers. “Vegas” is a Western, one set in the title town several decades before the arrival of the flagship “CSI” series…

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Sorry Alison, but only 1 of your 5 choices has a chance of working for me. THE MINDY PROJECT and NASHVILLE are for chicks, which leaves me out. The BBC’s SHERLOCK satisfies my need for, um, Sherlock so why settle for ELEMENTARY? And VEGAS? C’mon, we’re talking about the most overrated city in the U.S. With one of the country’s dullest actors in the lead.

But 666 PARK AVENUE, that we’ll check out. A Satanic building New York City’s Upper East Side? Which one isn’t? Sold.

Web Power Grows, Soon It Will Eat TV

Or maybe television’s already done for. Yesterday, for example, Fox premiered two new TV series on the web, although they won’t appear on, you know, Fox TV, till tonight.

THE MINDY PROJECT

Oh, and these weren’t just any web premieres. These were on f-ing Facebook. Well, kinda makes sense. Zuckermantown is as close to the closed up pablum as the web gets these days. So close that we often find ourselves thinking of it as AOL Revisited.

BEN & KATE

The times they are a’changin’. And just between us, we here at TVWriter™ are mightily well-disposed toward change.