Streaming giant Netflix announced on Wednesday that it had ordered a coming-of-age comedy from Mindy Kaling about the “complicated life of a modern-day first generation Indian American teenage girl, inspired by Kaling’s own childhood.”
Kaling grew up in Cambridge as the daughter of two Indian immigrants, her mother working as a doctor and her father as an architect. In her 2011 book, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?,” Kaling described some of the struggles she faced in adolescence, including being teased for her weight and learning to ride a bike a bit later than her peers, at age 12. (“[W]hen other girls in my grade were starting to get their periods and I still didn’t know how to ride a bike, the jig was glaringly up,” she wrote.)
The as-yet-untitled Netflix show will be co-created by Kaling and Lang Fisher, who previously worked as a writer on Kaling’s sitcom “The Mindy Project.” Kaling and Fisher also will serve as writers, showrunners, and executive producers on the show, which will have an initial order of 10 episodes. Howard Klein (“The Office,” “The Mindy Project,” “Parks and Recreation”) and David Miner (“30 Rock,” “Master of None”) will executive produce, as well.
“I’m joining the @netflix fam!,” Kaling wrote on Instagram. “@loulielang and I are working on a brand-new @netflix TV comedy…about the life of a modern-day first generation Indian American teenage girl. Get ready for lots of relatable, awkward teen moments.”