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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