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Mindy Kaling says networks want more boy-man success stories in New Yorker essay

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Mindy Kaling knows exactly what’s heading for your television screens this fall – boy-man success stories and serial killers with hot British accents.

In a humor essay written for the New Yorker’s Shouts & Murmurs, Kaling offers up her 11-year television expertise to dive into the tropes that viewers can expect from networks including “Boy-Man Must Face the Adult World,” “Neurotic Sensitive Guy Is Also Super-Unhappy,” and “The Abandoned-Spinster Club,” to name a few. 

But the actress also revealed the inspiration behind her own show, The Mindy Project, saying the series was adapted from a “famous Venezuelan show called Puta Gordita or The Chubby Slut.” Who knew?

For the full essay, head on over to the New Yorker.

The fourth season of The Mindy Project is slated to premiere to Hulu later this year with a slew of guest stars (Freida Pinto, Joseph Gordon-LevittSakina Jaffrey and Ajay Mehta). Kaling’s second book of essays, Why Not Me?, hits shelves Sept. 29.

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