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Meet the New Writers of ‘The Mindy Project’

October 5th, 2016 by Richard Ogawa

 


The writer’s room is the creative engine behind any television show. Long hours are spent crafting jokes, refining story arcs, and planning the perfect prank on fellow writers. And just as with any other creative endeavor, one key to a successful series run is bringing in new blood from time to time to keep things fresh. We recently had a chance to chat with three of the newest members to join “The Mindy Project’s” already outrageous writing staff. Here’s an insider’s peek into the writers room from TMP rookies Guy Branum, Jon Fener, and Josh Bycel.

Guy Branum

Q: How long have you been writing for “Mindy”?
About a year, so two seasons.

Q: Give us three words to describe the writer’s room.
Bubbly, enthusiastic, toilet.

Q: Any personal accounts that have made it onto the show?
Knowing Fortune Feimster I’ve been able to integrate more of her Lothario ways, her sort of womanizing ways, into the character of Collette. And we’re all constantly telling stories about relationships or crushes.

Q: What will we never see Mindy do?
Manual labor.

Q: What can we expect from Season 5?
Hope, heartache, and amazing dresses.

Jon Fener

Q: How long have you been writing for “Mindy”?
We are new, actually my writing partner Josh and I just started in June.

Q: Give us three words to describe the writer’s room.
Funny, passionate, and argumentative.

Q: Any personal accounts that have made it onto the show?
No.

Q: What will we never see Mindy do?
We will never see Mindy make out with Beverly. You know what, never say never, but I have a feeling that that’s just never going to happen.

Q: What can we expect from Season 5?
For Season 5 you can expect a great romantic arc for Mindy and a lot of new characters.

Josh Bycel

Q: How long have you been writing for “Mindy”?
We’ve just been on the show for 10-12 weeks working on the first 8 episodes, so this is our first year.

Q: Give us three words to describe the writer’s room.
Cold – no. I would say smart, funny, and food-obsessed.

Q: Any personal accounts that have made it onto the show?
Not quite yet, I don’t think. Actually, that’s not true. Jon and I just wrote an episode about a bar mitzvah and there were some funny bar mitzvah tidbits that went in there, like they had a caricaturist. They had the two Jews write about the bar mitzvah episode.

Q: What will we never see Mindy do?
She will do almost anything for a laugh. She’s that fearless. We’ll never see her ride a motorcycle. Or shoot a gun.

Q: What can we expect from Season 5?
Great new guest stars, really really funny people, but also the best thing I love so far about Season 5 is we’re using our people on the show a lot. Like Ed Weeks who plays Jeremy has a bunch of funny stuff, Jody has a bunch of funny stuff, Colette has a great arc. We have such a deep bench of funny people and we’re really utilizing them this year.

Season 5 of “The Mindy Project” premieres Tuesday, October 4 on Hulu. All four seasons available now.

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