An award-winning longtime late-night network TV talk show host (Emma Thompson, miscast) hires a woman of color with no entertainment-biz experience (Mindy Kaling) in order to save the host’s fading career by “younging-up” her monologues. Okay idea, haphazard execution. A terrific cast of smart-mouths – Ike Barinholtz, John Lithgow, Amy Ryan, Denis O’Hare, Annaleigh Ashford,Max Casella, Hugh Dancy, Paul Walter Hauser, Reid Scott – repeatedly threatens to lift this mess off the ground, but actor-writer Kaling’s gags, directed by TV regular Nisha Ganatra, always drag it back to the land of the ordinary. A routine potboiler dispatch from the culture wars.
Director: Nisha Ganatra
Producer: Mindy Kaling, Howard Klein, Ben Browning, Jillian Apfelbaum, Alison Cohen, Milan Popelka, Micah Green and Daniel Steinman
Cast: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, Denis O'Hare, Max Casella, Paul Hauser, John Early, Luke Slattery, Ike Barinholtz, Marc Kudisch, Amy Ryan, Megalyn Euchikunwoke, Blake DeLong, Jia Patel, Bill Maher, Seth Meyers, Annaleigh Ashford, Halston Sage, David Levin, Maria Dizzia, Paige Gilbert and Cleo Gray