Tracey Wigfield co-writer on The Mindy Project interview from Entertainment Radio
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The writer Tracey Wigfield said to Tim Stack and Jessica Shaw of Entertainment Weekly Radio:
“I mean the whole show is really about Mindy and Danny. And we had been sort of doing a bunch of these moments between the two of them that are a little bit half measures to get to a big kiss. Like the end of our finale last year before Mindy went to Haiti they had a moment where he kind of essentially took off her glasses. At Christmas this year they had a moment where he did a dance routine…and they almost kissed. Last season they’re on an airplane and they grabbed hands during turbulence, and we’ve done a bunch of those things. It just started to feel when we were breaking the season that it was it was getting to be the point where it was the time that something big should happen between the two of them.
They’re older characters (don’t tell Mindy) but Danny’s 40years old and Mindys’ in her early 30s, so there’s only so much stolen glances and sort of like hand holding and stuff to do before it’s kind of like “It’s Time” they should just go for it. It felt like it might be fun to do it in the middle of the season and hopefully that could give us an engine to sort of finish out the rest of the year.
(the split season gave them the perfect opportunity to do it)
We knew we wanted to do the kiss when it could be a big cliffhanger to kind of propel us into April. A real “Cliff hanger” haha
Tim Stack: What does this mean for Cliff? Is it going to be like a love Triangle?
Wigfield: Yeah, I mean going into April…we wanted to set up a thing where it wasn’t going to be an easy road for Mindy and Danny and that there were built in complications to how they got together and one of them is Cliff.
We’ll sort of deal with that when we get back. Sort of how Mindy feels about each one of them. If she /how she tries to extricate herself from the Cliff relationship…
And Mindy and Danny really confronting like what did that kiss mean. Was it just a thing in the moment or is this is something worth pursuing…
Jessica Shaw: “Did it scare you to sort of pull the plug on I mean to say we’re going for it…There’ve certainly been shows where two characters in an ensemble get together and it works great…or times were it works horribly…”
Wigfield: Yeah, I mean, definitly because you know It’s a little bit of a… like a no turning back point once you do that and, we don’t want -people are so excited about Mindy and Danny…and we don’t want to sort of like blow that tension …or ah kind of like play with people’s feelings and get them together and break them up and get them together and break them up…so you know it is scary, because once you kind of go -make that leap- you eventually want to see them together. And doing that it kind of limits the kind of stories you can tell if the two of them are together.
And you do run the risk of it being boring, you don’t want just two characters who are happy and in love going to a farmers market together…
That’s good for life but not for good television.
With the two of them we kind of felt like we would be able to tell in the spring and hopefully next season we would be able to tell a bunch of stories with them together, because they’re such interesting specific characters who have such different viewpoints. And even if they’re happily together there’s a million stories you coud tell of them wanting to kill each other. And so ..hopefully I don’t think it will be boring if they get together.
Jessica Shaw: Did you write in the script that Danny was going grab Mindy’s butt? Because he totally went for it!
Wigfield: Grab her butt?! No that was just pure Messina. No I think we just said that Danny grabs Mindy and kisses her. And then you know…he’s the sexiest guy alive. He knows what he’s doing…
Tim Stack: “Pure Messina sounds like a cologne…or something”
It’s sold at CVS…like a little tin box…you should pitch this to him.
Jessica Shaw: The Aaliyah dance…was as they say ‘everything’
Wigfield: I mean he did such a good job. We wrote it into that episode knowing that Chris was a good dancer. Um but like being good at dancing is very different than being able to do a choreographed routine and not look like a creepy weirdo. I mean who can do that? He just looks sexy and cool yeah was just so good at it.
Jessica Shaw: What’s in store for second half of season?
Wigfield: The first episode deals w/ Mindy realizing the mess she has waiting for her when she gets home. She sent this letter to Cliff and he got it…and read it and was moved by it and wants to get back together. About her kind of deciding she’s all in w/ Danny and figuring a way out of the Cliff relationship.
Towards the end of the season it’s about her and Danny and what that kiss meant and is it something they want to pursue.
So yet another hiatus for us to suffer through….
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