16 July 2013 1:31 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

In a development that pop culture-loving Dr. Mindy Lahiri would wholeheartedly endorse, a much buzzed-about celeb will take her place in The Mindy Project‘s upcoming second season.

Freaks and Geeks alum James Franco is joining the Fox comedy for a two-episode arc as the doc who fills in for Mindy while she and Pastor Casey volunteer in Haiti.

Related | The Mindy Project‘s Ike Barinholtz on how the Writers’ Room Is  ’Deeply Divided’ When It Comes to Mindy/Danny Romance

Franco’s character, Dr. Paul Leotard, is a charismatic and popular physician — and former model — who helps pick up the slack at Shulman & Associates. »

- Kimberly Roots

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