Ike Barinholtz Breaks Down The Mindy Project's Sophomore Groove, Morgan's Romantic Future

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MindyProjectIkBIf you, like this reporter, are thankful this holiday season for The Mindy Project and the comedy gold it delivers each week, the following is for you. And if for some reason you aren’t tuning into Fox’s rom-com-drenched sitcom, well… for shame (and you should read on as well).

Mindy found its funny footing by the end of its first season, but its sophomore run has taken the laughs to another level — something co-star and writer Ike Barinholtz attributes to good ol’ fashioned timing.

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“Honestly, I think for all shows, it just take a little time,” he tells TVLine. “When I watch Season 1 Seinfeld or the early Simpsons — or even early 30 Rock — they’re very different from the second season. It takes a little while to establish characters and their views, what they want and need… It’s just being given the opportunity to grow a little bit.”

The permanent additions of a pair of scene-stealers, Barinholtz says, helped greatly. “Picking up [Adam] Pally and Xosha [Roquemore] was big for us; it gave us two more big comedic voices on the show.”

That said, the scribe is careful to note that Mindy‘s flow really began to set in “toward the middle of last year” when the writer’s room really honed in on Chris Messina‘s now fan-fave curmudgeon Danny Castellano. “We figured out Danny as a character and were able to write for him better, and then at the end of last season we made Ed Weeks the Ted Knight of the show, just constantly flustered and full of bluster and other things that end in ‘-uster’.

“He has actually been one of my MVPs this season,” Barinholtz adds. “Every line he says just makes us laugh.”

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As for what’s ahead for The Mindy Project‘s loveable doof, Morgan, Barinholtz is tight-lipped but does reveal, “He’s starting to really develop feelings for Tamra… That’s a slow burn. At Christmas he makes a gesture and is rebuffed… She’s still pretty into her boyfriend, Ray Ron, but coming up in a few episodes, it’s looking like there’s trouble there and Morgan is ready to swoop in. Unfortunately, Ray Ron makes that impossible for him, but it’s something that if we see it materialize, it will be later in the season.”

Are you loving Mindy this season? Does a Morgan/Tamara twosome tickle your fancy?

Comments (17)

  • Love the Mindy Project. Chris Messina :).

    Comment by enri – December 3, 2013 09:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • the thing i’ve liked most about season 2 is less morgan… he’s the weakest part of the show in my opinion. the tone of the show last year didn’t support his over the top character. they’ve toned him down this year and he seems less out of place.

    Comment by damian – December 3, 2013 09:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • WHAT? No way. Morgan is the best character on the show.

      Comment by neha – December 3, 2013 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Disagree. Morgan is the best. The cold opening of a couple of weeks ago of the dog attack was hilarious.

      Comment by JB – December 3, 2013 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yeah, the dog biting him in the crotch. Truly the zenith of comedy.

        Comment by Fourad – December 3, 2013 02:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You crazy.

      Comment by Kate – December 3, 2013 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • One of the best comedies on TV right now, so glad they found their groove, each week they leave me wanting more.

    Comment by rod – December 3, 2013 09:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Matt/Ike/Jack/Mindy/Dave: You’ll have to do better than this.

      Comment by Fourad – December 3, 2013 02:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • the cast has electric chemistry –they all work so well together. there’s not a weak character in the bunch.

    Comment by kd83954 – December 3, 2013 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nice to see the show’s publicists checking in.

      Comment by Fourad – December 3, 2013 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love this show, and I look forward to it each week. It’s one of the few shows I make a point to watch when it is actually on tv.

    Comment by Neb8fan – December 3, 2013 09:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I love when the show’s producers fill message boards with stuff like the above.

      What is your plan, exactly? Print out these comments, show them to Kevin Reilly, and try to convince him someone actually likes the show?

      Comment by Fourad – December 3, 2013 02:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • really three comments. get a life.

        Comment by Rook – December 3, 2013 04:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • And now it’s four. Why so glum? Did I spoil the PR campaign?

          Nice ratings last night, by the way. You should be proud. Losing to the CW takes effort.

          Comment by Fourad – December 4, 2013 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just wish they gave Zoe Jarman more to do.

    Comment by chris – December 3, 2013 11:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes to more Morgan/Tamra/Ray Ron. It’s such a disaster, I love it!

    Comment by Babybop – December 3, 2013 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just read the show’s being cancelled. Oh, well.

    Comment by Dave D. – December 3, 2013 02:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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