Mindy Kaling made a name for herself in Hollywood when she began writing for and co-starring on The Office, the critically acclaimed and long-running NBC sitcom. But there’s a decent chance Kaling will soon be departing that show. And the fact that NBC passed on giving a pilot deal to Kaling for her own show has something to do with it.
Kaling has now inked a pilot deal with Fox for her as-of-yet-untitled show, centered around a “Bridget Jones-type doctor trying to navigate both her personal and professional lives,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. If the pilot gets a series order, Kaling will leave her home and her role as Kelly Kapur at NBC to work on her own show for Fox; her contract with NBC expires in June. Kaling is set to star in, executive produce and write for her new project. Howard Klein, who works on NBC’s Parks and Recreation and The Office, is also set to produce.
The actress is coming off an extremely successful year, with her debut book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) landing on the New York Times best seller list. She’s also the current face of a Healthy Choice television campaign. And with the huge success of Fox’s new show, New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel, this year, it’s no surprise the network is interested in building another quirky comedy around a strong female lead.