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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 1, 2013 at 10:32 AM

TV update: ‘The Mindy Project’

With “The Killing” winding down (yes, still watching, still confused), I’m looking forward to the fall TV season and hoping for something good to watch, in between all the movies. Last year I got quite fond of “The Mindy Project,” despite the show’s bumpy start; Mindy Kaling, I think, has a rare knack for screwball-comedienne timing, and always cracks me up a few times per episode with a completely random-sounding line. (That she delivers all her lines as if she’s in a dialogue race doesn’t hurt.) The show’s back for a second season, starting September 17, and Deadline reports today that Season 1 guest stars Bill Hader, Anders Holm, Chloe Sevigny and James Franco will return. (Wait, was Franco in Season 1? No, but he’s in the first episode of Season 2 as Dr. Paul Leotard, Mindy’s temporary replacement.)

Kaling told Deadline that a choice was made to move the show more in a romantic-comedy direction than its original workplace-comedy concept. And that her current short hair (Mindy dramatically cut it in the season finale) is a wig. And that, while she’s previously been quoted as saying that she wasn’t afraid to be unlikable, “it turns out you shouldn’t be on TV and be like: ‘I want to be unlikeable.’” Anyway, I think the show, if it’s finally done with playing musical chairs with all the supporting characters, is going somewhere, and I’ll happily give it another season. Anyone else watching?

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