FOX’s ‘The Mindy Project,’ ‘Ben and Kate,’ ‘The Mob Doctor’ at PaleyFest: Highlights From the Panel
Set to give you the laughs on Tuesday nights are The Mindy Project and Ben and Kate, which team up with network faves, New Girl and Raising Hope for a block of comedy fun.
And you know that empty void in your heart for an interesting doctor? With House having finished its eight-season run last season that spot will now be filled by The Mob Doctor starring Jordana Spiro and Zach Gilford.
To celebrate their new shows and give you some scoop on what they’re all about, FOX brought select cast members and executive producers of the series to the Paley Center for Media’s Fall TV Preview panel.
Read on to see what each show is about and what Celebuzz thought was the best series scoop revealed.
The Mindy Project was created by actress/writer/all around amazing person Mindy Kaling and focuses on her character Mindy Lahiri, a successful OB/GYN who wants her life to be like a romantic comedy. Too bad, she hasn’t had much luck so far in that department.
As with many romantic comedies there’s quite a bit of voiceovers in this show, though not in the way you would think.
“We never do true voiceover. We’re never just hearing Mindy’s thoughts,” says executive producer Matt Warburton. “We’ll hear a voiceover and then we’ll realize, ‘Oh, she’s just blabbing to the janitor or something recounting this amazing romantic thing that happened to her.’ Yet, it’s important to us that she is grounded in the real world but finds ways to sneak in movie touches to every interaction she has with everyone. “
Where as The Mindy Project is clearly more concerned with romantic love, FOX’s new comedy Ben and Kate is all about the family.
The show created by Dana Fox is based upon her relationship with her wacky loveable brother. In the show, Ben Fox (Nat Faxon) comes to help his younger but more responsible sister Kate (Dakota Johnson) help raise her daughter Maddie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones). So what does Faxon think about the guy who inspired his character?
“He’s such a fantastic guy,” the Oscar winner shared with the audience.
Faxon continued, “He’s intoxicating in a sense. You take a leap of faith whenever you hang out with him and you kind of feel like, ‘Well, this could go horribly wrong but I’m having a great time. So, I’m just going to stay on the road.’”
Taking a turn for the dramatic, FOX also brought the mob doctor herself and executive producers Rob Wright and Josh Berman to the Paley Center. The Mob Doctor tells the tale of a doctor who’s more like a secret agent living two lives. A successful doctor who needs to work off her brother’s debt to the Chicago mob, Spiro’s Grace doesn’t always have the straightest moral compass.
So how did Wright and Berman come up with the idea?
Apparently, an actress other than Spiro was the inspiration. “Jamie Lynn Sigler had just guest starred on Drop Dead Diva, a show I created and Rob works for me on and we started talking about her and kind of fell in love with her as both an actress and who she was on The Sopranos,” said Berman.
He continued, “We thought, ‘What if Meadow Soprano grew up and became a doctor?’ And that’s what the genesis was of The Mob Doctor.”
So how did Spiro get involved?
The actress joked, “ Well, Jamie passed.”
Now that you’ve heard all about FOX’s fresh meat, which one of FOX’s new fall shows will you be watching? Sound off in the comments below!