The Mindy Project Adds Jack Davenport to Romance Mindy in Season 5

Mindy Lahiri is about to get Smash-ed by a new love interest.

Jack Davenport has signed on to guest star on The Mindy Project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Davenport’s appearance will air during the Hulu rom-com’s upcoming fifth season, premiering Oct. 4.

An alum of NBC’s Smash and the original (and superior) UK version of Coupling, Davenport will play the deliciously named Leland Breakfast, an English theater actor who catches Mindy’s eye while starring in a one-man show on Broadway. Davenport’s Smash character was a surly theater director, too, so there must be something drawing him to roles surrounding the stage. (The British accent, maybe?)

Last season of The Mindy Project ended with Mindy (Mindy Kaling) caught in a love triangle between her son’s dad Danny (Chris Messina) and her co-worker Jody (Garret Dillahunt). So this news means that triangle might have to be modified into a rectangle.

Or maybe an octagon: Bill Hader, Anders Holm, and B.J. Novak — all of whom played boyfriends of Mindy’s on the show — are all slated to return for Season 5 as well. Can we have Morgan start a chart to keep track of all these guys?

Does Jack Davenport’s character sound like a good match for Mindy? Or are you still holding out for a Mindy-Danny, um, coupling?

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8 Comments
  1. amy says:

    so… yet another old white guy… exciting!

  2. niloofar says:

    It was kinda fun in the beginning, but now it’s more like meh.

  3. Mary says:

    I am so excited for the upcoming season of the The Mindy Project! I think losing Danny as a full time shackle has given this show new life, and I say this as a Mindy & Danny fan. But if CM won’t commit and honor his contract then bye.

    Plus I like how Mindy is handling single working mom stories and it also led to exploring her culture and her family more, not to mention more focus on the supporting cast.

  4. anisha says:

    So another white guy for Mindy.

  5. Sheila says:

    I adore Jack Davenport! Coupling is one of my all-time favorite shows!

  6. Ella says:

    Amazing, I love him! Please let’s deviate away from Jody.

  7. EliseR says:

    Excited for this to come back and count me as another who doesn’t care about Danny. I just want the show to be fun.