13. The Mindy Project (Fox)
Stars: Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Anna Camp, Zoe Jarman, Stephen Tobolowsky, Amanda Setton
Premiere date: September 25
As much as we loved Mindy Kaling during her stint as a full-time co-star and writer on NBC's The Office, it's tough not to proceed with caution when it comes to her new all-Kaling Fox sitcom, The Mindy Project. Why? Because it sounds like a movie Katherine Heigl or Sarah Jessica Parker would star in and that, inevitably, would suck: Kaling plays a successful OB/GYN who's living single and desperately seeking romantic connections.
But, fortunately, the show's creator/star possesses the sharp wit and intelligent hold on comedy that will be needed to lift The Mindy Project above rom-com mundanity. Cling to her funny, slickly written 2011 memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) to remain optimistic.