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Mindy Kaling Voicing and Writing New Animated Series, 'Secret Circle' Promotes Hunk and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 8th 2011 12:30PM
Mindy KalingMindy Kaling, one of the only reasons to watch 'The Office' this season, is at work on a new animated series with 'The Office' and 'King of the Hill' executive producer Greg Daniels.

According to Deadline, she'll write, executive produce and voice a character on the series about a girls high school volleyball team.

'Parks and Recreation' producer Alan Yang is also working on a new animated project with Daniels. Yang's series is about a group of Los Angeles twentysomething guys who share a house in Hancock Park.

In other casting news ...

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Our Holiday Gift Guide: Presents for Every TV Fan On Your List

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 1st 2011 11:00AM
I'm hard to shop for -- I fully admit that -- but the one way to my heart is with anything TV-related. Now that it's officially December, it's time to start putting up holiday decorations and brainstorming the perfect presents for everyone on your list ... even the picky people.

I've pulled together the best of the best holiday presents inspired by TV, including full series box sets of fan-favorite shows, a paperweight worthy of geek must-have status, a few books (yes, books) written by TV funny ladies and more gotta-have gear from the hottest comedies and dramas. There's something for all ages, all price ranges and all TV lovers.

So put your kids down for a nap in their leather jackets (you'll see), curl up with Big Joe (you'll love) and settle in for this epic list of TV-themed gifting goodness. Happy shopping!

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Mindy Kaling Tells 'Chelsea' She Still Doesn't Understand Burning Man (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 10th 2011 3:45AM
Mindy Kaling, 'Chelsea Lately'Mindy Kaling knows people who've gone to Burning Man, and she's talked to those people about Burning Man. But, she revealed on 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!), she still really doesn't know what it is.

She described it as a "a festival of expression," with a very clear question mark on the end of that statement.

She said she had it explained to her like this: "You go there, you're with the community, you're expressing yourself, and you're experimenting." But that doesn't tell her what they're really doing out there in the desert. Maybe, it's best those not involved don't really understand what's going on.

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Mindy Kaling Gets 'Office' Promotion to Executive Producer

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 15th 2011 1:30PM
Mindy Kaling, who plays the always energetic, Ryan-obsessed Kelly Kapoor on the 'The Office,' while also pulling double-duty on the writing staff, just got promoted. But she's not climbing up the Dunder Mifflin corporate ladder.

Vulture is reporting that Kaling has been promoted to executive producer on the show. Kaling, who began her 'Office' career as a writer and became a co-executive producer last year, confirmed the news by tweeting: "excited to be back, lateral lisp and all!"

There had been widespread speculation that Kaling might leave her writing role on 'The Office' to focus on developing other projects of her own. In May, 'Office' executive producer Paul Lieberstein, who plays meek 'Office' HR rep Toby, told AOL TV he wasn't sure if Kaling would be coming back in a writing role.

"She's coming back as an actress, for sure," Lieberstein told AOL TV. When pressed as to whether that meant she wouldn't be writing for the show anymore, he said, "It doesn't look that way, but I don't think that's been ... We don't know yet," before hinting at her desire to work on new projects.

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Is Mindy Kaling Done Writing for 'The Office'?

by Joel Keller, posted May 12th 2011 2:00PM
Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor on 'The Office'On Mindy Kaling's Twitter feed, the actress has been hinting that this is her last season, even if it's jokingly in comparison to the much more ballyhooed departure of Steve Carell.

The other day, I spoke to Paul Lieberstein, who most people know as hapless H.R. rep Toby on 'The Office,' but he is also an executive producer and the current showrunner on the series.

During our interview, which mostly revolves around the season that will end with next week's star-studded finale, I asked if Kaling -- who not only plays Kelly Kapoor but also is one of the show's best writer/producers -- is coming back next year.

"She's coming back as an actress, for sure," Lieberstein told me. When I pressed and asked if that means she won't be writing for the show anymore, he said, "It doesn't look that way, but I don't think that's been ... We don't know yet."

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EXCLUSIVE First Look at 'The Office's' New Webisode Series

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 5th 2011 8:00AM
Thursday is a big day for Scranton aficionados. It marks not only the first post-Steve Carell episode of 'The Office,' but also Will Ferrell's final appearance as Deangelo on the NBC comedy.

But wait, there's more: 'The Girl Next Door,' a new pair of webisodes featuring Dunder Mifflin staffers, debuts Thursday as well.

In 2009, Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper) and Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling) formed a spandex-clad girl group called 'Subtle Sexuality,' which was notable for its complete lack of subtlety, of course.

Now the band has reformed to create more musical mayhem, and we're exclusively presenting the first full installment of 'The Girl Next Door,' in which Erin, Kelly, Ryan, Andy and Kevin recall the band's formation and the drama it created in its short-lived heydey.

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Mindy Kaling Is Pretty Sure Camille Grammer Has Slaves, on 'Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 3rd 2011 6:35AM
Mindy Kaling, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Mindy Kaling seemed genuinely unclear as to why talking about rich people owning slaves was making Craig Ferguson so uncomfortable on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS). She has a theory that because 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' are so rich, they probably have slaves.

"If you sat down Camille Grammer and asked her point blank, do you have slaves?" Kaling said, "I think she would be like, 'Uh, uh, of course not!' Then you would know that she did."

When Ferguson suggested that just talking about this was going to upset some people, Kaling wondered who would get upset. Slave owners?

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'The Office': Mindy Kaling Reveals Will Arnett, Ray Romano Character Names

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 12th 2011 3:00PM
Mindy KalingMindy Kaling, the multitasking star of 'The Office' who also writes and produces the show, revealed a little more information on the highly anticipated guest stars who plan to drop by the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch later this season.

"Naming new characters is one of the most fun times in a writers room, as @KenTremendous [former 'Office' writer/'Parks and Recreation' co-creator Michel Schur] can attest. Takes a tiny, silly part of the brain!" she Tweeted.

Lucky for us, Kaling was given permission by none other than 'Office' showrunner Paul Lieberstein to let us all in on that fun process. She wrote, "I've been authorized by Paul Lieberstein (my boss/Toby (weird, right?)) to reveal all the guest stars glorious and ridiculous names today!"

So, what will stars like Will Arnett and Ray Romano be known as in the 'Office' universe?

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Mindy Kaling Talks Leaving 'The Office,' Suggests Working for 'Lopez' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 3rd 2011 6:20AM
Mindy Kaling Talks 'Office' on 'Lopez Tonight'It seems everyone -- including those who never watch 'The Office' -- knows Steve Carell is leaving the show. And everyone has an opinion on who should replace Michael Scott as the boss. But Mindy Kaling's contract also ends with the 2010-2011 season, and who won't miss Kelly Kapoor's self-absorbed melodrama?

"My contract's up at the end of this year, too, but I guess because Steve's a movie star, people care more about that than they do about me leaving," she chuckled on 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 12AM ET on TBS). Where will she go next -- late-night TV, perhaps? "I'll write jokes for you," Kaling (who's written for 'The Office') told George Lopez. "You take me to a Lakers game, I'll do whatever you want." Careful there, Mindy!

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Mindy Kaling and Craig Ferguson Trade Fitness Secrets (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 21st 2010 5:43PM
Mindy Kaling of 'The Office' was on 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson' (weeknights, 12:35AM ET on CBS) and the discussion turned to how good she looked.

"You look really good," Ferguson said. "Really good. I mean really good." The key to Kaling's success: When she turned 30 recently, she decided to exercise and eat right. "My life is like a hell," she said. "Do you have a special diet," Ferguson asked. "I'm so tempted to say that I'm on heroin," Kaling replied.

Then Kaling wisely changed the subject to Ferguson. "What do you do? You look great." she said. "Heroin," came the reply.

Actually, Ferguson gave up late-night meals while watching TV and then farting himself to sleep. "Apparently that's bad for you," he said.

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Craig Ferguson Confuses Mindy Kaling (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jul 1st 2010 3:00PM
After Mindy Kaling of 'The Office' professes her love for the Fourth of July, Craig Ferguson makes a hand gesture to illustrate barbecue, but ends up confusing Kaling instead on 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson' (weeknights, 12:35AM on CBS).

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'The Office' - 'Body Language' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 30th 2010 12:29AM
Steve Carell and Amy Pietz in 'The Office' - 'Body Language'(S06E22) It's odd seeing a Michael Scott that's relatively restrained and under control, isn't it?

I say this because, even though some of what Michael did in this episode would be deemed wildly inappropriate in any office, he had a reason for it. And, compared to some of the embarrassments Michael has perpetrated within the walls of Dunder Mifflin Scranton, misinterpreting the signals from a bar manager is way, way down on the list. Remember, this is a guy who held a teenage pizza delivery guy hostage.

But it did make for a pretty funny episode. Even Dwight's Schrute-ish shenanigans weren't even all that annoying, especially because it's always funny to see his schemes backfire on him.

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'The Office' - 'Happy Hour' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 26th 2010 10:14AM
Lauri Naughton Okin, Amy Pietz and Steve Carell in 'The Office' - 'Happy Hour'
(S06E20)
If you took this episode and dropped it in the middle of season two or three, it probably would have fit in nicely. Well, except for the fact that you might be asking why Pam was on maternity leave (and why Jim is the dad), why Andy is working in Scranton, and just who the hell Erin is.

But you know what I'm getting at. The tone, pacing, and comedy of this episode continues the recent trend of 'The Office' getting back to what made people love it to begin with. And, yes, part of that means that Michael is going to make an ass of himself. But at least the season six version of Michael somehow gets a little bit of hope mixed in with his desperation stew.

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'The Office' - 'New Leads' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 19th 2010 10:03AM
John Krasinski in 'The Office' - 'New Leads'(S06E19) It's starting to feel like Sabre's purchase of Dunder-Mifflin was just the jumping-odd point the writers needed to bring the Scranton branch dynamic back to something that feels like the old days. For the second week in a row, we have an episode that felt very much like the ones from the first couple of seasons -- without the Jim/Pam drama -- with the entire office interacting with each other and a large amount of mistrust floating about. And it made for one of the funniest episodes in years.

With sales being king at Sabre, the sales staff was letting their elevated status go to their heads. This brings about some interesting character aspects we haven't seen much of. Phyllis, for instance, gets to take her status out on Michael, who's embarrassed her any number of times, and Angela, who she just plain hates. Andy walks out of a tedious Michael-called meeting. Stanley actually looks like he's doing work. It's amazing how a high commission can motivate even the most sedentary salesperson, huh?

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Mindy Kaling Reveals Connection Between 'The Office' and 'Regis and Kelly' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 17th 2010 11:30AM
Mindy Kaling of 'The Office' revealed today on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' that her character's first name, which is Kelly, could be an homage to Kelly Ripa, and Craig Robinson's character, whose last name is Philbin, could very well be a tribute to Regis Philbin.

It all seems even more plausible when Kaling points out that Philbin's son-in-law, Michael Schur, works as a writer on her show.

Watch the video after the jump.

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