Fall TV Scoop: The Mindy Project Adds Gossip Girl and Glee Alums to Its Ranks
The medical office at the center of Fox’s The Mindy Project is getting mighty crowded.
Amanda Setton and Stephen Tobolowsky have joined the Mindy Kaling-created Fox comedy as series regulars, TVLine has confirmed. In addition, MADtv’s Ike Barinholtz, who’s also a Mindy Project executive story editor, will appear as a recurring character.
The Mindy Project follows Mindy Lahiri, M.D.– played by Kaling — as she looks for love and tries (often unsuccessfully) not to sabotage her romantic chances.
Setton’s tough-girl Shauna Dicanio will work the front of Shulman and Associates, the medical practice where Kaling’s daffy OB/GYN hangs her shingle. According to the character description, the Jersey-born Shauna never met a bill she couldn’t get paid. In addition to playing Gossip Girl’s dethroned queen bee Penelope, Setton’s previous TV credits include One Life to Live and Sex and the City.
Tobolowsky, familiar to Fox audiences as Glee’s pot-peddling former choir director Sandy, will play Dr. Marc Shulman, the head of the practice. The seemingly friendly older character is given to offering advice, but what he really wants is for his younger staff to leave him alone. Tobolowsky recently appeared on Californication and Justified.
Barinholtz’s Morgan Tookers is a new hire at the medical office — an ex-con male nurse with limited social skills and questionable hygiene whose big heart makes him fiercely loyal to his co-workers.
The three join already-announced cast members Kaling, Chris Messina (Damages), British comedian Ed Weeks, Anna Camp (The Good Wife) and Zoe Jarman (Huge). The West Wing alum Richard Schiff will appear in the pilot as an unnamed doctor.
The Mindy Project will premiere Sept. 25 at 9:30/8:30c on Fox, leading out of New Girl.Follow @kimroots