In "Closer," Sharp Objects presents a not-so-grand unified theory of female pain

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In her seminal essay, “A Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain,” Leslie Jamison assesses the ways that women are violated and wounded, humiliated and abused, throughout our art and our culture. She describes Mina Harker from Dracula, crying out as she’s bitten and drained of her blood; Anna Karenina leaping to her doom…

In a powerful fourth episode, Sharp Objects explores the pain of a life left to wither on the vine

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The episode titles for Sharp Objects offer a kind of wry commentary about the surface and subterranean events of the show: “Vanish” is, on its surface, about the two disappeared girls, but it’s also very much about how Camille, despite her best efforts at self-obliteration, will never be able to truly leave her past…

Sharp Objects is a gripping rumination on who perpetrates—and perpetuates—violence

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Nothing proves the summer TV landscape has shifted quite like debuting some Emmy bait in the wake of Independence Day. And Sharp Objects, the HBO adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel of the same name, proves itself an early contender for next year’s awards. Showrunner Marti Noxon deftly interprets and…

The Mindy Project settles for conventional in its busy but lackluster series finale

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Watching this final season of The Mindy Project, I’ve thought a lot about all the other sitcoms that do romance well, like New Girl, Parks And Recreation, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. On all of those shows, romance isn’t as close to the forefront of the premise as it is with The Mindy Project, and yet they pull off…

Danny makes a subtle, touching return on The Mindy Project

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In “Leo’s Girlfriend,” The Mindy Project skewers the world of progressive private New York preschools, and right away, the material feels a little played out. But the episode also brings back Danny Castellano, providing a few strong, genuine character moments that anchor the episode and reach back into the characters’…

Chris Messina will be back for The Mindy Project’s final season

Among the shiny, new toys it promoted during today’s TCA press tour panels, Hulu also presented a lengthy discussion on the final season of The Mindy Project. Though it first aired on Fox, the series was hailed at the panel as one of Hulu Originals’ elder statesmen—a term that would undoubtedly abhor its heroine,…

The Mindy Project subverts the rom-com paradigm by trashing its love triangle

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There’s a problem with love triangles: They assume that all parties want to be involved, and, beyond that, that should two of the people choose each other, that they’ll be happy for the rest of their lives, even when we all know that’s statistically unlikely. “Will they or won’t they” crazed viewers are supposed to…

A flashback shows what makes Danny and Mindy work (and not work)

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So after last week’s episode and a LOT of comment and Twitter discussion on whether or not The Mindy Project was massacring the character of Danny Castellano, I went back and rewatched a handful of episodes from season one, some of which I hadn’t seen since the first time they aired (although I always love “Josh And…

Kunal Nayyar will also play Mindy’s potential husband on The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project is taking a kitchen-sink approach to casting its new-to-Hulu fourth season: Garret Dillahunt recently came on board as a doctor who disapproves of Mindy’s lifestyle (kind of like Danny), Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play Mindy’s lover (a lot like Danny), and Sakina Jaffrey and Ajay Mehta have been cast…

The Mindy Project crawls toward consistency in an improved second season

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If you don’t like an episode of The Mindy Project, Fox’s Mindy Kaling vehicle about the travails of a single woman in New York and all of the people she works with, tune in a week later, because the show will probably be something completely different. That’s both the chief attraction and chief demerit of the show,…