The Mindy Project Season 3: Cheers Vet Rhea Perlman to Play Danny's Mother

The Mindy Project Rhea Perlman

Three Cheers for this casting.

The Mindy Project has tapped four-time Emmy winner Rhea Perlman to join the Season 3 cast in the recurring role of Annette Castellano, Danny’s (Chris Messina) mother, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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The show’s star and EP. Mindy Kaling, teased the character’s arrival earlier this week at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour.

“The wonderful thing about the character is the trope of the mother-in-law-type figure who doesn’t like the girl is so pervasive, it’s like, ‘OK, how do we do a new spin on this?'” she told reporters, adding that Mama C will clash with Mindy and Danny. “As Danny has said, ‘I don’t know how to please that woman.’ So we haven’t ignored her own relationship with her two sons [Danny and Richie, the latter played by the returning Max Minghella] and her ex-husband [played by Dan Hedaya]. So we really explore a lot.

“The third episode is called ‘Annette Castellano Is My Nemesis,'” she added. “[so] we really hit it dead-on.”

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Perlman’s recent credits include a guest stint on The Neighbors and a regular gig on the short-lived TV Land sitcom Kirstie.

The Mindy Project kicks off its third season on Sept. 16.

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  1. Jack E. says:

    Spot On Casting.

  2. Lucas says:

    So Danny’s parents are nick and Carla from cheers!! Let’s hope they manage to write them into some of the same scenes

  3. Mare says:

    Wait I thought Kristie was still going?

  4. lindsay says:

    September 16, get. here. faster.

  5. Steph says:

    A somewhat Cheers reunion? Really excited for this season!

  6. Nancy says:

    Yay, I can’t wait!

  7. bookworm says:


  8. Jill says:


  9. Allee says:

    Never thought of her but LOVE HER. Mindy’s younger fans will remember her as the mean mom from Matilda too.

  10. KND says:

    Best casting ever!

  11. A says:

    This is going to be wonderful

  12. S. says:

    Love this. Don’t know why I didn’t think of it, but I guess that’s why they pay casting people instead of shooting me an email asking me to comb through CVs and head shots. She’s a great choice. Seriously this better get a Guest Actress in a Comedy nomination next year. I already know Rhea’s gonna be brilliant.

  13. Oh good. I was actually beginning to wonder if this show was capable of casting a woman. Any woman besides Mindy. But turns out they can!

  14. Joey Padron says:

    Great casting. She’ll do great as Danny’s mom. Can’t wait for new season to start.

  15. GracePerry (@GracePerry18) says:

    Danny’s patents are Nick and Carla from Cheers! So cool!

  16. ewwww! says:

    What a perfect choice!

  17. Sabrina says:

    Great choice, really looking forward to season 3.

  18. Aprilcot says:

    I can’t even put into words how excited I am about this. Love Rhea Perlman and love TMP!

  19. Jenna says:

    Omg, I can’t wait! This will be fun.

  20. Ari says:

    Perfect! Can’t wait to see this season!

  21. Maya says:

    Oh this is fabulous casting news. Nick and Carla reunited .. and it sounds like Annette and Mr. C will have the same amazing crazy relationship as Nick/Carla did on Cheers.

  22. I.R.E. says:

    This adding of Rhea will help us get along with both Beverly and Annette characters at the same time, even if they started out as foes first.