2013 Emmy Awards have come and gone and a few people cared. This post is for you. Let’s take a look at the best, worst, and WTF of 2013 Emmy fashion. I know Lena Dunham’s outfit is bound to get a few people talking.
September 23, 2013 at 4:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Time for the Best And Worst Celebrity Looks Of The Week. We’re covering late July and very early August. In case you didn’t know. And now you do. And learning is fun. Obviously, Courtney Stodden’s lettuce bikini is included in here.
BEST: Dita Von Teese
WORST: Bachelor Sean Lowe
WTF?!?: Click to find out! (It’s a doozy.)
August 4, 2013 at 10:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Mindy Kaling appears to be having a Meredith Grey/Nancy Botwin problem. While Ellen Pompeo‘s character on Grey’s Anatomy and Mary-Louise Parker‘s Nancy (Weeds) have arguably been the most hated female protagonists to ever be on television, Kaling is giving them some competition. Most agree it’s not the actresses themselves, but their characters. Unfortunately for Kaling, she’s basically playing a characterized version of herself on her show The Mindy Project, and it’s not really working out. People may kind of actually hate her and/or her character. June Thomas at Slate describes the situation.
Last October, a little after The Mindy Project debuted on Fox, Mindy Kaling told me that she didn’t mind if her character, Mindy Lahiri, sometimes seemed unlikable.
“I want her to be realistic and authentic. So many of the female characters that I see on TV, they’re just kind of put-upon and boring. They’re so worried about viewers not being able to handle them being nuanced or occasionally selfish. But every woman I know is occasionally selfish—and also can be heroic and funny. I just try to make her interesting and nuanced, and if some people think she’s obnoxious sometimes, well, people are sometimes obnoxious, and they can still be heroes.”
As the season progressed, it became obvious that this was a problematic choice. As my Slate colleague Willa Paskin pointed out in her former home at Salon, “Mindy Lahiri has been an asshole many times over, but it’s not always clear the show knows she is being an asshole.”
And what does Kaling think about all this?
Yeah, as it turns out, you shouldn’t be on TV and be like, ‘I want to be unlikable.’ [...] Unfortunately, if you’re a woman, there are some things that people don’t want to see. There’s a sense of protecting the female character that I hadn’t really anticipated. Some of that is bullshit, and we need to stretch what we expect our female characters to do.
What are your thoughts on Mindy Kaling? Do you like her? Do you like her but dislike her show, or vice versa?
August 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
I don’t watch The Mindy Project because Mindy Kaling leaves a bad taste in my mouth (an annoying one). I’m particularly glad about my ignorance of this show at this point now that they’ve announced that former Mr. Kim Kardashian himself, Kris Humphries, has signed a deal to appear on the show. Just… why?
From TV Guide:
Something tells us Kim Kardashian won’t be tuning into The Mindy Project this season.
Her ex-husband, NBA player Kris Humphries, has signed on to guest-star on an upcoming episode of the Fox sophomore comedy, TVGuide.com has learned.
Humphries, 28, will play himself, and joins previously announced guest stars James Franco and Happy Endings‘ Adam Pally.
This will mark Humphries’ first scripted series gig, and one of his first TV appearances since his time on Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its spin-off, Kourtney & Kim Take New York, when he was with Kardashian.
Well, that seems… worthwhile. I love that they felt the need to point out that it’s his first SCRIPTED TV appearance, and also the fact that no one will ever discuss him without bringing up the fact that he was married to Kim. Tough break, bro. But then, he probably wouldn’t have gotten this gig without his sham marriage, so it all worked out in the end.
July 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Mindy Kaling already wrote one book – Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – back in 2011. The book detailed her experiences growing up and was a funny, intelligent collection of anecdotes that pretty much every woman aged 18 – 35 really enjoyed. If you fall within that demographic (or are just a fan anyway), here’s some good news: she’s writing another memoir already!
The star and creator of The Mindy Project told the crowd at Friday’s PaleyFest that, now that Fox has re-upped her show, she’ll spend her free time before the next season writing a book. The followup to September 2012′s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? doesn’t have a title yet, but Kaling said that its subject will be “the high highs and low lows of the past 18 months.” The publish date is in “like a year and a half,” which is when she’ll have to start on another book if she wants to keep up the pattern.
Kewl beanz and all, but is an 18 month period of time working on a sitcom that’s not even all that major at this point (considering it’s only had one season) worth writing an entire book about? I’m a bit torn on this. Methinks Mindy might be getting a bit trigger happy. Of course, she could have lots of fun little behind-the-scenes stories and can stretch it out, but I worry that we might get oversaturated. That’s like Tina Fey writing a Bossypants 2 that’s strictly about filming the last episode of 30 Rock. (For the record, I love Tina Fey but was incredibly underwhelmed by Bossypants.) Oh well, we all know I’ll end up with the eBook that I’ll only ever read while I’m waiting for the laundry to finish.
March 13, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Oooh, exciting news for women in comedy! Following in Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler’s footsteps, Mindy Kaling — who both writes on The Office and stars as Kelly — has signed a two-year, seven-figure deal where she will continue to write for and appear on The Office next season while simultaneously developing a comedy in which she would also star.
“This is my first step in a Transformers-style way to take over the whole world,” Kaling joked. “I’ve only ever worked for NBC, and I’ve felt an enormous amount of support from the executives there.”
It’s SO FANTASTIC to see funny women recognized and cultivated by the brass at a major network. And I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t care what anyone says, I think Parks & Recreation is a riot. It’s brilliantly written (by Amy Poehler). I hope NBC gives it some time to flesh out before they scrap it, and I’m looking forward to watching whatever Mindy comes up with.
On a totally unrelated note, thank you for all your contributions to the Evil Beet Catpics Twitter Challenge. I have about a billion cat photos on my hard drive now and I’m loving it! You still have time to contribute! Send the pics to me via Twitter (you can follow me here) with the hashtag #catpics. I’m either going to run the gallery Wednesday night or Thursday night, or, really, just as soon as I figure out how to get WordPress to let you guys vote on a winner. (Are you a WP guru who might know how to do this? Email me.)