If Zooey Deschanel was FOX's New Girl last year, that mantle has been passed to Mindy Kaling in 2012, with the network even pairing "The Mindy Project" with "New Girl" on Tuesday nights.
 
Just as Deschanel wasn't really an unknown when her series premiered, Kaling already has a legion of fans thanks to her run as part of the ensemble of "The Office" and as a writer and producer for the series (to say nothing of a bestselling book). Still, this is Kaling's first time as boss.
 
A couple weeks back, I sat down and talked with Kaling and "Mindy Project" co-star Chris Messina about the new comedy, about what drew him to a regular TV gig and what kind of a boss she strives to be.
 
Check out the full conversation.
 
"The Mindy Project" premieres on Tuesday, September 25 at 9:30 on FOX.