Mindy Kaling on HBO Max Series – Deadline

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Mindy Kaling grew up watching movies like animal house and appreciated how it captured the revelry and hard partying that come with college life. But women were always relegated to vague roles where they had to run “topless and screaming,” she admits, which drove her to The sex life of college girls for HBO Max.

“I love college stories and there aren’t that many,” says Kaling, who took the stage with co-creator/EP Justin Noble Sunday at Deadline’s Contender TV event. “Movies like The social network really capturing that college environment, those ambitious nerds doing something. We’re always talking about The social network.

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Before telling the story of four roommates navigating their newfound freedom at prestigious Essex College, Kaling said she and Noble visited the East Coast campuses to see what the kids are like right now. She and Noble also filled the writer’s room with women who draw on their own experiences to help write scripts. Kaling told a story about how a writer came back from lunch one day and talked about a very unhappy relationship in her first year.

“The show is full of observations about being a young woman in college, so it makes sense to assume a lot,” Kaling continued of the show’s freshman season. “Being honest about your time at school and your heartbreak [is important]† There is real vulnerability. I grew up, and still am, very oppressed. It’s nice to work on a show where the characters aren’t. Young women should be able to grow up and not be ashamed of their sexual desires, sexual identity. I’m 42 and in our writer’s room we learn so much from our staff, our cast.”

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For season two, Kaling said they will continue to tell these “fun, serialized dating stories that we don’t get to see very often. It’s a fun show about romance and bad dates. If you turn it on, you know it’s going to be funny. There will be women who are there for each other.” The comedy stars Pauline Chalet (Kimberly), Renee Rapp (Leighton), Amrit Kaur (Bela), and Allah Chanelle Scott (Whitney).

“There is a lot of shame for each of the girls,” Noble promises of the new season.

But the new season won’t feature the creepy – and very married – football coach Dalton (James Morosini), who had a very inappropriate relationship with Whitney. “He’s gone,” Kaling assures.

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