Mindy Kaling strikes a deal with NBC

Posted by Dan May 6th, 2009 at 12:15pm In General

Hooray! According to Variety, The Office’s Mindy Kaling has signed a deal with NBC to develop her own comedy while simultaneously working on The Office.

Variety reports:

Under terms of the two-year, seven-figure deal, Kaling will continue to write for and appear on “The Office” next season while simultaneously developing a comedy in which she would also star.

“This is my first step in a Transformers-style way to take over the whole world,” Kaling quipped. “I’ve only ever worked for NBC, and I’ve felt an enormous amount of support from the executives there.”

Kaling, who notes that her time at “The Office” has been akin to going through “the Greg Daniels Graduate School of Writing,” said her tastes now skew in the single-camera comedy direction — but that she isn’t opposed to writing a multicamera laffer.

In kicking around different development ideas, Kaling said she’s drawn to workplace comedies but is also interested in buddy shows in the vein of “Flight of the Conchords.”

“I’ve always wanted to do another show about women,” said Kaling, whose past credits include writing the WB pilot “Mindy and Brenda,” along with Brenda Withers, for Carsey-Werner and Steve Martin. That project was about two female best friends straight out of college.


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