Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal Creator Shonda Rhimes to Guest Star on The Mindy Project

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Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes is stepping out from behind the camera and going in front of it for the first time this fall, but it won’t be for one of her own shows. As first reported by TVLine, Rhimes will be making her acting debut in a season three episode of The Mindy Project.

Rhimes will reportedly play herself when she appears on the Fox comedy this fall. However, more specific details about her role have not been released at this time. Rhimes is expected to shoot her scenes for The Mindy Project early in September, and her episode is slated to air later this fall.

A self-proclaimed fan of The Mindy Project, Rhimes has consistently been an avid supporter of series creator and star Mindy Kaling. In fact, she even tweeted out her congratulations to Kaling when the series was renewed for a third season this past March.

In addition to Shonda Rhimes, the third season of The Mindy Project will also feature guest spots from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Rob McElhenny as Morgan’s “hot but sleazy” cousin and Rhea Perlman as Danny’s Mom.

“The wonderful thing about the character is the trope of the mother-in-law-type figure who doesn’t like the girl is so pervasive, it’s like, ‘OK, how do we do a new spin on this?’” Kalling said this summer about Perlman’s character.“As Danny has said, ‘I don’t know how to please that woman.’ So we haven’t ignored her own relationship with her two sons [Danny and Richie, the latter played by the returning Max Minghella] and her ex-husband [played by Dan Hedaya]. So we really explore a lot.”

The Mindy Project returns to Fox for season three on Sept. 16.

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Chris is the Managing Editor of TVOvermind. A graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and Film, he has been writing for TVOvermind for over two years and has written about several different television shows, such as New Girl, Breaking Bad, Glee, and Homeland. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13) or email (
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