TVLine Items: Clueless Dad Visits Mindy, Louis C.K. Stays In Business With FX and More!

DanHedayaMindyProjectClueless no more, Dan Hedaya is bringing some fatherly love to The Mindy Project.

The veteran actor (Clueless, Family Ties) is making his way to the Fox comedy this season as Danny’s MIA deadbeat dad, Vulture reports.

Little is known about the installment other than that his character is named Alan Castellano and he lives in Joshua Tree — a fact that brings Danny and Mindy to the California desert town.

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As TVLine previously reported, this same installment — penned by Kaling and recent Emmy winner Tracy Wigfield — “really advances [Danny and Mindy’s] story romantically.” So… squee!

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Louis C.K. (Louie) has entered into an overall deal with FX Productions. Under the pact, the multihyphenate will develop and exec-produce pilots for both FX and FXX, with an option to write or direct the projects.

• The Newsroom‘s Constance Zimmer has landed a recurring role in NBC’s midseason comedy Growing Up Fisher, per The Hollywood Reporter. The series centers on a son (Eli Baker) who idolizes his blind father (J.K. Simmons) and enjoys his mom’s (Jenna Elfman) newfound adolescence after his folks divorce. Sparks will fly between Zimmer ‘s confident single mom and her neighbor (Simmons).

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Vinnie Jones (Elementary) and Luis Guzman (Community) will recur in ABC’s midseason drama series Mind Games, our sister site Deadline reports. The Kyle Killen-helmed project follows two brothers — one a bipolar genius in human psychology (Steve Zahn), the other a slick ex-con (Christian Slater) — who head a unique problem-solving agency. Jones will play Sam’s (Jaime Ray Newman) borderline psychotic employer, while Guzman plays one of Jones’ character’s henchmen.

Showtime has renewed Inside Comedy for a third season, which will bow Sunday, Feb. 2. Dropping by the docu-series’ junior year are Jimmy Fallon, Zach Galifianakis, Jonah Hill, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bette Midler and Dick Van Dyke, among others.

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  1. knd says:

    CChristian Slater gets another show? I really hope this one works out for him.

  2. S. says:

    Really great casting. Dan Hedaya totally looks like he could be the father of both Chris Messina and Max Minghella so just from that they nailed it. I enjoyed him on Clueless and it’s always fun to think about that movie. Also looking forward to the Mindy/Danny subplot. Don’t want to spoil the Christmas episode esp since at the time I’m typing it the show hasn’t aired on the West Coast, so I’ll just say that they do a crazy good job of balancing will they/won’t they on The Mindy Project.

  3. liz says:

    oh good, more male characters on The Mindy Project. *siiigh*.