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“The Mindy Project” is coming to cable: Syndication rights to the Mindy Kaling comedy have been acquired by Viacom’s VH1 and Disney’s Freeform, via a pact with NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution.
In an unconventional arrangement, Hulu will continue to hold subscription-streaming rights to all five seasons of the single-camera comedy, with the 16-episode fifth installment of “The Mindy Project” set to debut on the service Oct. 4.
Under the syndication pact, VH1 and Freeform will begin airing episodes from the first four seasons of the show in October, and those also will be available on VH1 and Freeform apps. Season 5 of “The Mindy Project” will become available to the cablers one year after their premiere on Hulu.
“We are pleased that VH1 and Freeform recognize the value of ‘The Mindy Project’ for their viewers,” said Frances Manfredi, president of NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution. “VH1 and Freeform are great partners and ‘The Mindy Project’ will »
- Todd Spangler
Daniels have done it again. Before they made the jump to features with their indie summer hit “Swiss Army Man,” directing duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert built up a hefty portfolio of short films and music videos. One of those inventive shorts is “Possibilia,” a six-minute exploration of memory and time seen through the lens of one couple’s break-up.
Starring Alex Karpovsky (“Girls”) and Zoe Jarman (“The Mindy Project”) as Rick and Pollie, the comedic actors sink their teeth into the melancholy of heartache and indecision. Beginning with the question: “What if you stayed?” and ending right where it began, “Possibilia” offers no answers, but infinite possibilities.
Billed as “an interactive love story set in the multiverse — whatever that means,” the short film offers each viewer a unique experience. As the frames multiply, »
- Jude Dry
Now that “Swiss Army Man” has considerably raised the collective cachet of Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert (known together as Daniels), one of their earlier works is being brought to greater attention. “Possibilia” first premiered at Tribeca in 2014 before being spotlighted as part of Sundance’s New Frontiers the next year, and now the “interactive love story set in the multiverse” is set to be released online. Watch its trailer below.
Alex Karpovsky (“Girls,” “Red Flag,” “Hail Caesar!”) and Zoe Jarman (“The Office,” “Modern Family”) star as a couple on the verge of breaking up. Per the official synopsis, “the viewer is able to slide between these possible outcomes even as they multiply, following the couple in the kitchen or the living room, in a raucous fight or tender embrace. Eventually the storyline fragments »
- Michael Nordine
Netflix confirmed that the phenomenal comedy series Master Of None will return for a second season, and joyful celebration was heard throughout the land. The show, which debuted its 10 episode first season on the streaming channel in November 2015, has already collected a raft of awards nominations and wins – including a Critics Choice award for Best Comedy Series. Its second outing is now expected to arrive in 2017.
Created by Parks And Recreation alumni Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, the show is, quite simply, a breath of fresh air – building each episode around a specific subject, and seeking discussion and enlightenment on that topic through subtle and hilarious storytelling.
For example, season one episode titles include Plan B, Parents, Indians On TV and Old People. Ansari plays the lead character of Dev – a 30 year old actor, living in New York and working mostly in commercials – and it is through the lens of »
- Sarah Myles
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