On Our Radar: Upcoming Shows And Hollywood News

The Mindy Project is coming! The trailer is here:

So far, I am excited about the writing, and it’s great time slot (post-New Girl); not so excited about the default casting choices thus far. Mindy’s in yet another world where the main characters are white and the people of color are backgrounds, extra, or sassy moments of funny. Hopefully, Mindy makes that a part of the plot, instead of yet another oversight–but the Collider interview makes me think that isn’t going to happen. [Wetpaint, Collider]

I loved, loved, loved Gabrielle Union’s weed-smoking, video game-playing real estate agent in Think Like a Man, but she only had a few moments to shine. Now, she’s got a new show called Being Mary Jane, exploring a successful black television anchor with a less successful lovelife. Sounds promising, but this kind of show is all about the execution. [Shadow & Act, Ebony]

The CW is developing a series on Battle Royale. Yes, we already called Racebending. And they are not going in a direction that could get them banned from TV, which means we should all blow the dust off our DVDs. Also in the news set: Ringer is done, but Sarah Michelle Gellar is welcome to stay with the network. [Deadline Hollywood]

And: John Leguizamo is back with a new TV pilot called Only Fools and Horses. [Deadline] Chris Rock and Deshawn Raw team up for a sketch comedy series. [Shadow and Act] Nelsan Ellis (b.k.a. Lafayette from True Blood) is set to play MLK in Lee Daniels new film The Butler. [Deadline Hollywood] Women and Hollywood posted a great interview with Aurora Guerrero, the writer/director of Mosquita y Mari. [Women and Hollywood]

  • Anonymous

    “The Mindy Project” is going to be yet another show about minority woman who tries to “make it” in America by pretty much only associating with white people. I guess she’s moved up a notch on the racial hierarchy by leaving Indian guys behind.

  • Anonymous

    “The Mindy Project” is going to be yet another show about minority woman who tries to “make it” in America by pretty much only associating with white people. I guess she’s moved up a notch on the racial hierarchy by leaving Indian guys behind.

  • Jacob

    Speaking of upcoming shows, I’d love to see a critique from Racialicious of NBC’s Revolution. I caught a commercial for it watching the Olympics and went to watch the trailer. To my eyes, it’s giving off some pretty problematic vibes.

  • Jacob

    Speaking of upcoming shows, I’d love to see a critique from Racialicious of NBC’s Revolution. I caught a commercial for it watching the Olympics and went to watch the trailer. To my eyes, it’s giving off some pretty problematic vibes.

  • Hannah

    I am so excited for Mindy Kaling’s show – my fingers are crossed that it’ll be great and bring in a more diverse cast as it goes on. I’m hopeful because Mindy was a writer for The Office, which I think took on some racial issues in really thoughtful ways throughout its run (in the Collide interview she mentions Diwali, which is a great episode), and definitely had a solid grasp of how race/culture actually do play a part in the workplace, no matter how much people- especially white people- pretend to ignore them. So hopefully some of that sensibility will shine through in The Mindy Project as well. Plus, I think it’s awesome to have a romantic comedy show where the main character is Indian American!

  • Hannah

    I am so excited for Mindy Kaling’s show – my fingers are crossed that it’ll be great and bring in a more diverse cast as it goes on. I’m hopeful because Mindy was a writer for The Office, which I think took on some racial issues in really thoughtful ways throughout its run (in the Collide interview she mentions Diwali, which is a great episode), and definitely had a solid grasp of how race/culture actually do play a part in the workplace, no matter how much people- especially white people- pretend to ignore them. So hopefully some of that sensibility will shine through in The Mindy Project as well. Plus, I think it’s awesome to have a romantic comedy show where the main character is Indian American!