The Mindy Project Makes Casting Changes And Two Office Guest Stars Coming Soon

Things are going pretty well for Mindy Kaling's comedy The Mindy Project, with decent ratings and a full-season order to secure the comedy will be around, at least through a full first season. But it looks like we're going to see a few noticeable shifts among the cast in the show coming up, and a couple more guest appearances by Kaling's former Office co-stars.

First, the mentioned casting shake-ups. TVLine reports that Amanda Setton, who plays Shauna in the Fox comedy, is leaving the show due to "creative reasons." That's bad news for those who appreciated the character. And it looks like we'll see less of Anna Camp, who plays Mindy's best friend Gwen in the series. Camp (Pitch Perfect, True Blood) is moving from series regular to recurring in her role in the show, but on the bright side, this should free her up to do other things, while also still appearing in the comedy from time to time.

With one female character out and another role downsized, that leaves an opening for someone new. And from what TVLine reports, it sounds like that vacancy will be filled somewhat by a new character that's set to be introduced. Her name is Maggie and she's described as "a tomboyish college friend of Mindy's." We'll have to wait for casting news on that to see who will play the part.

Moving on to mini-Office reunions, Ed Helms is coming back! The Office star appeared in the pilot for The Mindy Project, and we'll see his character Dennis back in tonight's "Thanksgiving" episode.

And then we'll see Ellie Kemper guest starring in "Josh and Mindy's Christmas Party," which is scheduled to air December 11. Here's a look at Kemper looking surprised and maybe angry (seems like she's not alone, judging by the expressions on the people behind her).

The Mindy Project airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

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