The Mindy Project

Hulu: Please Resurrect The Mindy Project

Dear Hulu,

I was just about to go to bed, dreaming of things like Danny Castellano doing his Diamond Dan dance, as one does, when a tweet caught my eye. This tweet, this dreadful tweet, told me some devastating, completely unexpected news: FOX has cancelled The Mindy Project.

Please give me a moment.

Moment.

Thank you. After a quick bout of “WTF” and “I think I’m going to be sick,” I immediately saw a second tweet. An angel of redemption that went like this: Variety

Hulu, my new best friend, is this true? Or is this a cruel rumor of the interwebs? Hulu, I must advise you to not take this decision lightly. The Mindy Project is not a show with which to be trifled. Too much has been invested in it. Danny and Mindy are expecting a baby. Danny has flown all the way to India to meet Mindy’s parents. ARE WE SUPPOSED TO MOVE ON WITH OUR LIVES WITHOUT KNOWING HOW THE STORY ENDS?!

No, Hulu, no we are not. You have the chance here to mend broken hearts and restore ruined dreams across the globe. Do not hesitate to do what is right during this pivotal time in television history. Do not hesitate to take on The Mindy Project. We will reward you for it. I do not have a Hulu account, but I will buy one just for this. If you won’t do it for the tenderhearted of the world, at least do it for the money.

I leave you to make you decision. One that I hope will be the right decision.

All the best,

PopCultured

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Pop & Culture in 2014: A Year in Random Review

2014 has been an odd year. I started this blog. I wrote in this blog. I didn’t write in this blog. Now I’m writing in it again.

A whirlwind, am I right?

If you were to ask me my favorite pop culture moment from the past year, I’d have to say…well, honestly, I’d have to say I have no idea because who can be expected to remember everything that’s happened since January? Ellen hosting the Oscars was fun. Pizza will never be the same now that I’ve seen a pic of Brad Pitt in a tuxedo eating a slice. I really enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy, which I really did not see coming. And I suppose most recently Into the Woods has been a real bright spot. Who knew Emily Blunt had such singing skills?

TV, though. TV was a big year. (Well, not Mad Men. Just end already, will you? You’re like the great aunt who can’t stop telling “wonderful” stories that we’re all sleeping through.) Game of Thrones–you killed so many people this season that you might as well have killed me. The SHOCK VALUE. You’ve inspired me to even pick up those Bible-sized George R. R. Martin books, although I think I’m regretting it. And might I say that little Ioan Gruffudd show Forever I mentioned a ways back has actually turned out to be not half bad? The immortal doctor plot with a little bit of sadistic stalker thrown in has really surprised me. I knew Ioan would be hot in it, but I didn’t know the plot would be hot, too.

The Mindy Project has been running strong this season, and even New Girl seems to have FINALLY gotten its groove back. I’m pretty sure that’s mostly thanks to the arrival of Wren from Pretty Little Liars (don’t ask me what his real name is, he’s just the hot British guy from PLL, okay?). Snooki and Jwoww has also had an excellent season. I see you judging me. I’m okay with that. The Frozen storyline on Once Upon a Time actually worked pretty well (I was kind of dreading it, but no word of Let it Go was ever spoken). Orange is the New Black even kicked some major butt in season 2. The violence was up as well as the accompanying rushes of adrenaline every time Lorraine Toussaint entered the scene, making for some major adrenaline-filled episodes. I’ve also discovered Homeland and The Good Wife, so I’m slowly catching up with the rest of the world. . …wow, who knew there was so much pop culture stuff in my head?

As for pop culture lows, oh, I don’t know. It was so difficult to remember the highs! Although, I must admit I dozed through most of The Grand Budapest Hotel and I cringed through all of Jersey Boys. Which is a real shame, because it’s my favorite Broadway show. It was like a parody of Moonstruck and Goodfellas had been melded together on the set of Disney’s Main Street, USA, when what I was hoping for was American Graffiti crossed with, well, the real Goodfellas. And I can’t say House of Cards Season 2 thrilled me all that much this year. Was the purpose of it to make the viewer feel like an idiot? In which case, it did succeed. All the hacking business was definitely rude. The last thing we need is for people to rally to James Franco’s and Seth Rogen’s cause. Don’t the two of them have enough money by now to just retire?

Wow! I wrote so much! Props to me! Yes, I support self-praise on one’s own blog. You should try it.

Here’s hoping 2015 will be just as interesting. And by that, I mean I hope George Clooney becomes a father and that Cinderella movie is hella awesome. By the way, do you think any of the Back to the Future: Part II predictions will come true? Because I’m still waiting on that flying skateboard…

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The Mindy Project: Shine Bright Like a Diamond

It’s been four months since season two of The Mindy Project ended, and the wait for season three has been long and arduous for all of us Mindy devotees.

But if last night’s premiere is any indication, the wait for season three has been well worth it.

The episode brought us many things: Mindy’s ever-impressive printed dress collection, more details than we’d care to know about Morgan’s criminal history, a love triangle, and last, but certainly not least, an unexpected strip tease.

I could go into detail about all of the above, but really, I think we all just care about the strip tease.

Upon discovering a pink thong with the name “Diamond” studded across the, er, private area hidden in Danny’s drawer, Mindy wonders what her conservative, typically unadventurous boyfriend has been keeping from her. With the help of apparent thong-gurus Peter and Morgan, Mindy learns the item is a stripper thong (due to its easily detachable straps), but more specifically, a male stripper thong (because as Morgan so keenly observes, it has a pouch for the, um, main attraction). After a quick Google search, Mindy finds the website for “Exquisite Butts Guys2K Party.” None other than Danny aka “Diamond Dan,” bare chested and hunkified, covers the homepage.

When confronted about his secret past, Danny tells Mindy he never divulged his secret because Mindy can’t keep anything to herself. After all, just that morning Mindy was explaining to the entire office how proficient Danny was in certain bedroom maneuvers. I can’t repeat any of what was actually said because this blog must remain PG.

Mindy informs Danny that the only reason she lets tells the office everything about their relationship is because it seems too good to be true, and she’s trying to convince herself it’s real. And in what is one of the best sentimental Danny moments (because his best moment of the episode has yet to come, I assure you), he tells her, “It’s real,” with a grin and an adoring gaze. Oh, be still my heart.

But this is The Mindy Project, and we cannot simply leave it at that sappy wonderful end. No, we must go further into the night with gumption and gusto before the credits roll. Did Mindy think she could tell us about Diamond Dan and then not give us more?! No, no she did not. Enter: The Diamond Dan Strip Tease. That’s right, Tuesday’s episode ended with Danny Castellano emerging from the bathroom, Lenny Kravitz’s “American Woman” blaring in the background, stripping, gyrating, and shocking us all with his best Magic Mike moves. If you didn’t cry from laughing so hard/have a hot flash, please see someone as you might have an incurable disease.

What ran through my mind as I watched Chris Messina tear open his shirt and shake his derriere is that this is the same man who played Vicky’s clueless husband in Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Amy Adam’s sweet, supportive husband in Julie and Julia. And all I could think was, “Thank you, Mindy, for discovering this man’s true talent. And forcing him to display it on national television.” Get this man an Emmy nod and a role in Magic Mike 2. His skills have been kept hidden from us all for far too long.

So for The Mindy Project, and for Chris Messina, I thank Mindy Kaling for giving us the best in comedy currently on television. If you don’t watch this show, please start. Or at least Google “Chris Messina Diamond Dan scene.” Your life will be better for it.

Posting this at the end. Because if you’re being honest with yourself, you know this is all you wanted to see.

The Mindy Project is Back! So is New Girl…

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME MINDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY?!

All right, folks, grab a bottle of Pinot, your finest pint of Ben & Jerry’s, and your cheetah print PJs. Tonight The Mindy Project is back on Fox and we’ve got to celebrate properly.

Last Mindy left us, she’d just been rescued on the roof of the Empire State Building by Danny Castellano while Dancing in the Dark played in the background. It was the cheesiest, most hilarious, and most romantic romcom sitcom moment since Ross and Rachael kissed outside Central Perk. Mindy must be so proud.

This season I hope they don’t just let the relationship fizzle out, a la Nick and Jess on New Girl. SPEAKING OF WHICH, that little number premieres tonight also. Last season bummed me out a little. The return of Coach to the show just didn’t feel natural, and it seemed like the show’s only punchline was making Nick sound dumber than usual and making us all feel dumb for playing along. Maybe this season they’ll return to their season two glory, generating genuine belly laughs and making us ask, “Did Schmidt really just say that?”

But I’m most excited to see the Danny-Mindy love play out in the work place. Now that the whole office knows Danny is madly in love with the girl, I’m assuming there will be some good ribbing from Drs. Reed and Prentice, and let’s all hope Morgan offers up his best dating advice, because something tells me it’s worth hearing.

I’ll be live tweeting the show, so be sure to stay connected at @PopCultured_!

Guardians, Knicks, and Fall TV

Well hello there.

It’s been almost exactly two months since I wrote my last post.

Hence, why I should probably not be running a blog.

But, hey, that’s what happens when summer comes along and makes you believe you wrote a piece just two weeks ago when really 8 weeks have passed.

Me, judging my coworker for recommending this movie.

I suppose you could blame this memory lapse on my recent binge into the world of Once Upon a Time, but more on that later.

So what have I been up to this summer? Well, in terms of movies, I’ve seen a few. Note: Do not see Begin Again unless you enjoy taking naps in movie theaters. Bring a pillow and your favorite blanket, just in case.

And like everyone else not living under a rock, I couldn’t ignore the roar being created by Guardians of the Galaxy. And like everyone else, I, too, found it to be out of this world.

The main reason I decided to see Guardians.

From Chris Pratt’s goofish charm to the biting wit of a Bradley Cooper-voiced raccoon, the entire film was an adventure in humor, action, and heart, just as a spectacular summer blockbuster should be. It’s also proof that a film should never be judged by its poster.

But still, I’m glad summer is coming to an end. I’m a TV kind of a girl, and summer TV is a tepid affair. Sure, a few episodes of the Real Housewives of New Jersey help hold me over, but I need some fictional plotlines with “ohs” and “ahs” to make me feel whole again. Sleepy Hollow, The Mindy Project, New Girl–I need these back in my life!

There has been one exception to my summer TV boredom, however: Cinemax’s new show  The Knick. Set in Victorian-era New York City, the show takes place at Knickerbocker hospital, where Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) and his team slowly make discoveries that will have lasting effects on modern medicine. As cutting-edge experiments clash with Victorian traditionalism and a slew of immigrants infect the sacrosanct domiciles of the rich and WASP-y, The Knick holds fast at the center of it all.

Nothing like performing surgery in front of 50 of your closest friends.

Don’t judge the show by its first episode, which is heavy on introductions and barely touches the surface of what’s to come. With distinct characters like a cigarette-smoking nun who goes by “Harry,” a naive bicycle-riding Southern nurse with a knack for catching doctors’ eyes, and an African-American doctor trying to prove his equality, or even superiority, to The Knick’s white male staff, the show leaves no personality or struggle unexplored. There’s also the heart-pounding surgery scenes. It’s as if director Steven Soderbergh hopes we’ll all scream out “OH MY GOD MY EYES” every time Clive Owen jams his fist into a patient’s atrial cavity. Start watching for the shock factor, but stick around for the writing.

The only downside to The Knick is its ten-episode season, much like Downton Abbey’s and Game of Thrones’–shows we seem to wait all year for but are over within the blink of an eye. But as The Knick draws to a close, I welcome Fall TV back into my life with open arms, and I look forward to our nightly meetings from 8pm onward. It’s been too long since Danny Castellano graced my screen, and I really need to know if Lieutenant Abbie Mills is still stuck in purgatory. So come back to me, Fall TV. I’ll bring the popcorn, you bring the magic.

 

Emmy Nods: Reaction Play-by-Play

The following is not meant to be a full or detailed report of the 2014 Emmy Nominations. It is simply my thoughts on certain nominees. For a full list, check out the Emmy page here.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
MICHELLE DOCKERY, Downton Abbey
I didn’t love Downton Abbey this season. I was uncomfortable. Slightly bored at times. And a lot  disturbed. BUT you can always count on Michelle Dockery to keep things steady and on task as Lady Mary Crawley. Despite seemingly being one of the nicest people in real life (check out her Instagram please), she plays Lady Mary’s divaness just right and hers is the story that keeps us coming back for more.

KERRY WASHINGTON, Scandal
Eh. I’m sorry. I really like Kerry Washington. I really do. I think she’s one of the most down to earth people on the planet in addition to being one of the most beautiful. But I can’t stand Scandal. I do not get the appeal of the abusive relationship between the Prez and Olivia Pope and I just cringe during those quick-talking scenes with all her smug and weird associates (Huck and Quinn? What is that?). But I do dig the pantsuits and cream-colored coats.

LIZZY CAPLAN, Masters of Sex
From Mean Girls  to Masters of Sex? You go, girl.

CLAIRE DANES, Homeland
To be honest, I’ve never understood the appeal of Miss Danes. But she got Hugh Dancy, so she must be a pretty neat lady. Obviously I’ve never watched an episode of Homeland or maybe I’d actually have some intelligent commentary here.

ROBIN WRIGHT, House of Cards
Get it, Robin. You are a goddess on House of Cards and I love your steely gaze.

JULIANNA MARGULIES, The Good Wife
I should watch The Good Wife. I should really watch that show.


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
BRYAN CRANSTON, Breaking Bad
I apparently have terrible taste because I thought Breaking Bad was a snoooooozefest. Walter White creeped me out thoroughly though, and I suppose it’s because Cranston made him that way in such a successful manner. So, uh, you go, Bryan?

KEVIN SPACEY, House of Cards
House of Cards all day erryday. As Francis Underwood, Spacey pulls off a believable Southern accent while exuding that subtle air of white male superiority syndrome. Thrive on, Mr. President.

JON HAMM, Mad Men
Really, Academy? Okay, Mad Men, we’ve had a lovestrong-lovelackluster relationship since 2008, my dear friend. But I’m not sure this nod was earned. Let’s get one for Sally Draper, am I RIGHT, AMERICA?!

True Detective & The Newsroom nods…I have no opinion as I’m the loser who didn’t watch either of these shows.


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
ANNA GUNN, Breaking Bad
So many mixed emotions about this one. I don’t know if Skylar White was so annoying because she was written that way or if Anna Gunn is seriously just annoying. How many breathy, “What. Is. Going. On?” lines must we suffer through? Although I saw her on an episode of The Mindy Project once and she was hysterical, so the jury of my mind is still out on this one. Can she act? Can she not? It’s in the Emmy gods’ hands.

MAGGIE SMITH, Downton Abbey
Maggie is always brilliant, so if she wins, I will do a jig in my living room.

JOANNE FROGGATT, Downton Abbey
Joanne’s character had one helluva rough season this year. If this is the year the Emmys decide to reward her, then I’d approve.

LENA HEADEY, Game of Thrones
This supporting actress nomination is the one I’m most excited for. I love Game of Thronesand even though I can’t stand Cersei, it’s only because Lena is so deliciously good at playing her.

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, Mad Men
Okay, I’m just so confused about all these Mad Men nods. The season was SIX episodes long. Pretty sure Joan showed up for about 20 minutes total.

CHRISTINE BARANSKI, The Good Wife
Again, I should really watch this show.


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
AARON PAUL, Breaking Bad
I watched all of Breaking Bad reluctantly, and Jesse Pinkman was the only thing that kept me going. Nuff said.

JIM CARTER, Downton Abbey
Carter does an excellent job as Mr. Carson on Downton Abbey. He’s stern, funny, loving, compassionate, and taciturn all in one scene.

PETER DINKLAGE, Game of Thrones
Tyrion. Done. He wins everything. EVERYTHING. Check out his courtroom confession if you have any doubts.


Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
DIANA RIGG, Game of Thrones
Miss Diana was both hysterical and tactically surprising as Lady Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones. Wouldn’t be mad about this win.

KATE MARA, House of Cards
I don’t get this nomination. But it’s not up to me, is it?

All other nods…no comment. Apparently I don’t binge watch as much as I thought I did.


Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
PAUL GIAMATTI, Downton Abbey
Paul played an American bachelor in debt to his sister’s British husband. Giamatti seemed an odd casting choice to me.

REG E. CATHEY, House of Cards
GET IT, FREDDY. Reg as Freddy delivered a great performance this year of a man falling from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. His swift turn from congenial to cold left viewers surprised and saddened. (I love alliteration, guys!)

ROBERT MORSE, Mad Men
Robert has always been adorable on Mad Men. While his postpartum musical performance may have puzzled us all, it did perfectly highlight the whimsy and charm that was Bert.


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
TAYLOR SCHILLING, Orange is the new Black
Orange is the New Black is an awesome show, but Piper annoys the heck out of me. Can’t tell if that’s because she’s supposed to or if it’s because Taylor is just annoying…but hey props to you, Fordham girl!

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS, Veep
As Selina Meyer, Julia delivers her lines fast and sharp. Some might stumble over the quickness, but Julia is so dead-pan that it only makes everything Selina says more hilarious


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Is it bad I don’t watch any of the shows that got this nod? Whoops.


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
ALLISON JANNEY, Mom
I recently caught an episode of Mom, and I really enjoyed Allison’s character. I always thinks she’s witty and a little daring than most in her comedic performances.

KATE MULGREW, Orange is the New Black
Interesting that this nod is in the comedy category since Kate’s character Red had a very dramatic season. Doesn’t quite fit the category, but the acting is surely worthy of an award.

KATE MCKINNON, SNL
The woman is funny. If we’re looking at who’s best at making people laugh, just give her the award already.

ANNA CHLUMSKY, Veep
Hm, don’t quite get this one. Feel like there had to someone else out there more deserving of this nod.


Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
TONY HALE, Veep
Veep may be about Julia Louis-Dreyfuss’s character, but without Tony’s character Gary, the show wouldn’t be half as hysterical. Gary seems to have an innate talent at playing obsequious grown men, and his repartee with Julia is a hit in every scene.


Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Nichols, Crazy Eyes, Sophia of Orange is the New Black…how is one to choose?! Give it to Uzo (Crazy Eyes) though. Next year we’ll give it to Natasha Lyonne (Nichols). Sure, Laverne Cox is a barrier breaker, but is her acting as Sophia THAT astounding? I think I’d rather see Taystee or Morello on this list–love those two in every scene.


Outstanding Comedy Series/Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Where is The Mindy Project?! Where?! How is Orange is the New Black even a comedy in Season Two?! I don’t understand.


Outstanding Drama Series
Downton Abbey didn’t deserve this nod. I’m sorry, my love, but you didn’t. House of Cards, this wasn’t really your season either. But Game of Thrones? OH BOY. (Didn’t watch True Detective so no comment!)


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
CICELY TYSON, The Trip to Bountiful
Because she’s Cicely Tyson, that’s why.


Outstanding Choreography
Why is this a category?


Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
JANE LYNCH, Hollywood Game Night
I had my doubts about Hollywood Game Night–would it be too cheesy? Pander too much to the celebs? But after one viewing, I was hooked–and mostly because of Jane Lynch. No one is off-limits as Jane moderates ridiculous games between two sets of celebrity teams. It’s fun to watch the celebs struggle at games like Who Am I, but it’s more fun to hear Jane make fun of their terrible guessing skills along the way.


Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
Oh you can bet I’m including this category and you know why? SLEEPY HOLLOW. Love this show and I love the opening title and music. Most shows I just zip through the opener (I love you Game of Thrones, but I don’t need to watch that four-minute map sequence every week.), but I LOVE the Sleepy Hollow opening and music. It’s fast paced with just the right amount of spook.


Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
MILLION DOLLAR LISTING NEW YORK
Say what?! I LOVE this show. Regardless of it being on Bravo and full of highfalutin drama, it is truly an enjoyable show. Fabulous NYC real estate, ridiculous prices, and lives of some very glamorous people–what’s not to love? I recommend this show to everyone from peers to great aunts–not kidding. Mouth about hit the floor when I saw it got an Emmy nod. Apparently I have okay taste some of the time.

 

 

Emmy Nods: Let’s Take a Deep Breath

Yesterday the Emmy nominations were announced, and people everywhere have been reacting. Where is Tatiana Maslany‘s nod for Orphan Black? Why isn’t The Good Wife getting the recognition it deserves? And my own personal affront–when is The Mindy Project going to get some critical praise?

But alas, it’s the Emmys, and with 100s of shows to choose from, it’s not as though everyone’s favorites can make the final cut. In a dream world, I’d like to see Troian Bellisario get a nod for Pretty Little Liars. But alas, it’s an ABC Family show about teenage girls who hunt down an invisible foe who taunts them with text messages signed “A.” Not exactly bait for awards season.

We are never all of us going to ever ever be happy when a list of nominations is released…for anything. I’m not sure why I even bother watching the Oscars from year to year–I’m always horrified by who wins and who loses and what’s nominated. All we can do is buckle down for Fashion Police afterwards and enjoy the wit of Joan Rivers (is it bad I’m not kidding?).

So television fans, I implore you to not totally lose your mind over this year’s list. You probably hated the nods last year even more, and you may even cry over next year’s. But in the end, it’s just a statue. With you and millions of others as viewers keeping it afloat, the show has already won.