Today in potential omens of The Office's demise: Mindy Kaling attached to star in a new Fox series
With each passing day, the future of NBC’s The Office looks more and more uncertain. First it was announced that Rainn Wilson’s Dwight Schrute could be sent off to a farm upstate; now it seems that Mindy Kaling might also be leaving by making the jump to Fox, where she’s just signed on to star in her own half-hour single-camera comedy pilot. Deadline describes Kaling’s character as a “Bridget Jones-type OB/GYN doctor balancing her personal and professional life,” with her being constantly surrounded by expectant mothers no doubt factoring greatly in her own Bridget Jones-type thoughts. Kaling (whose mother is an OB/GYN doctor) also wrote the pilot, and will executive produce alongside The Office’s Howard Klein. (It's also worth nothing that this show joins that Louis C.K./Spike Feresten sitcom as today's second Universal-developed project not to end up at NBC.) Anyway, with her contract up at the end of this season—just like the rest of the core cast—Kaling is poised to bail if and when this new series goes to air. And at this rapid rate of departure, should The Office be renewed anyway, maybe it should just be reborn as a show about Creed opening his own neighborhood tavern.