Mindy Kaling Jokes She’d Rather Have Sex with Bill Cosby Than Donald Trump …

17 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Mindy Kaling Would Make Out With Donald Trump, Contemplates Relations With Bill Cosby.

The Mindy Project’s fourth season premiered on Hulu yesterday, but you’d be forgiven for thinking nothing’s changed since the comedy’s third season wrapped on Fox earlier this year. Is nothing off limits? ‘s “In Conversation” event with pal at the 92nd Street Y on Wednesday, Sept. 16, was always going to result in a few envelope-pushing moments of hilarity — but nobody in the audience was quite ready for this!

The Mindy Kaling Project star, who was promoting her new book Why Not Me? during the Wednesday evening onstage interview at New York’s Kaufmann Concert Hall, took her conversation to an entirely new level when she was asked for her thoughts on Donald Trump. “His terms and phrases are amazing,” Kaling admitted, after making it clear she disagreed with pretty much everything he says. “I love that he’s like, ‘You’re a loser!'” she added. It uses tricks that network season premieres have been using for decades: guest stars, thinly veiled exposition, and a major development that sets up this season’s dominant story line. And despite its new status as an “internet” show, the entire season hasn’t been dumped onto the web all at once, either: Mindy will be released weekly like any other piece of scheduled programming.

But while its content isn’t all that surprising, Mindy’s move to Hulu is shaping up to be a broader experiment in marrying the time-honored rhythms of network television to the cordless technology of streaming services. The show’s — and by extension, creator Mindy Kaling’s — unique voice and broad appeal gives Hulu the opportunity to ask an interesting question: what happens when you take a “normal” network TV show and plop it onto the internet without changing anything? The audience had barely recovered from their gasps when Fey continued her college drinking game theme, daring Kaling to partake in a “Marry, F–K, Kill” moment. Mindy’s content, audience, and level of success and prestige are unlikely to change — and that’s a great sign for the maturity of Hulu and its streaming TV competitors.

Netflix has resurrected shows like Arrested Development and The Killing from certain death and added them to their stable of original programming without batting an eye. But Mindy isn’t particularly culty in the way that made those shows feel particularly “internet-friendly”: it’s the kind of voice-driven, workplace-based romantic comedy that’s existed since the dawn of television, one complete with its own defining “will they or won’t they” pair (they will) and a colorful yet relatable supporting cast. Judging from “While I Was Sleeping,” moving to Hulu hasn’t changed any of those core qualities, despite the fact that the show’s new neighbors include such acerbic, off-beat sitcoms as Difficult People and the Hotwives parody “franchise.” The show still feels like the child of a Nora Ephron movie and a zippy, absurd episode of 30 Rock, and that’s great; Kaling’s personality is strong enough to come through no matter what network’s hosting her. Mindy was dropped from Fox for the same reason all of those other shows were dropped: not enough people were watching it, no matter how much good press it got.

That audience wasn’t large enough to sustain the show in Fox’s eyes, but it’s more than large enough for a young and growing service like Hulu, and the platform will get to reap the rewards of exclusivity instead of whatever they made in their old distribution deal with Fox. Its leap to an online home feels like a victory for all parties involved: the show gets to continue to exist, and Hulu takes another step toward a spot at the table with Netflix, HBO, and the rest of TV’s elite.

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