Mindy Kaling is everywhere right now, discussing her new sitcom, “The Mindy Project” which she created, wrote, stars in and co-executive produces. Back when we’d only heard about the show in dribs and drabs and then finally got a preview video, I thought the show looked funny and well-crafted, with some notes of cutesy silliness that appeal to my personal comedic sensibilities. But I was curious to see what the initial response would be from others. I scanned Twitter and Facebook, and found the reaction to be generally positive, though one comment on a friend’s Facebook post gave me pause: “Looks alright but do we really need yet another show about a neurotic single gal and her wacky adventures?”
The thought hadn’t occurred to me, but ever since I read that comment, I have been wondering how “Mindy” might fit into the TV landscape. It’s true that if a show has a female protagonist (and a sole protagonist — not sharing the lead spots with other characters on the show), it’s most likely that the character is single, neurotic and constantly struggles to “have it all” with a supercool career but a kooky, messed up love life. Have the Liz Lemons, Ally McBeals and Carrie Bradshaws of the TV world wrung out all the modern single gal stories?
No way, I say.