Happy New Year 2013! I spent a very low-key NYE at home with Andrew. We channel-surfed between Carson “my-forehead-is-a-rectangle” Daly; the lame, utterly uninspired movie “New Year’s Eve” (which was on a forgettable cable channel like Lifetime or FX); and Kathy Griffin doing her best to make Anderson Cooper squirm and giggle (is that a wrestling move?). Unlike my quiet evening, some of you might still be working off a Veuve Clicquot-induced hangover from last night’s revelry so this Double-Take is short and sweet.

I found out about the “The Mindy Project” on FOX, ironically, through NPR. Back in September, actress/producer/writer Mindy Kaling did an interview on Fresh Air about her new show. Although I was only mildly interested at the time (having never watched “The Office“), I’ve caught a few episodes over the past few months. It’s good! It’s funny! And she’s a normal-sized woman! You can read a recap of the Season 1 finale here but it featured some hilarious one-liners delivered by Morgan, the brawny and goofy male nurse. Morgan is played by actor Ike Barinholtz. At first, I thought he resembled Keanu Reeves. However, upon closer inspection, I think Ike looks more like a younger version of versatile movie star Chris Cooper.

Ike Barinholtz, who plays nurse Morgan Tookers on “The Mindy Project.” He apparently has also starred in HBO’s “Eastbound & Down” and “The League” on FX (so maybe it is a decent cable channel after all).

Actor Chris Cooper. I remember him best as Conklin in “The Bourne Identity.” Other movie credits include “American Beauty,” “Seabiscuit” and “Adaptation.”












IMDB links: Ike Barinholtz, Chris Cooper