Pack your backpacks, folks. Mindy Kaling is going back to school, and she’s bringing us with her.
On Tuesday, HBO Max took to Twitter to announce their lineup of original shows planned for the streaming service’s 2020 launch, and among them is Kaling’s new series, College Girls. *Cue the Kelly Kapoor-like screams.*
College Girls (a working title), will be a 13-episode, half-hour, single-camera comedy written by Kaling, who will also act as showrunner. Though most of the details are still hush-hush, we do have a premise, which is more than enough to get us excited about Mindy’s latest ‘project’ (see what we did there).
Brand new series College Girls (wt) will follow three freshman roommates navigating hormones and higher ed together. What could sound better than that? Oh yeah, it’s from the mind of @MindyKaling, who will also serve as writer and showrunner.
— HBO Max (@hbomax) October 29, 2019
College Girls will be set in Vermont, following the lives of three lovable (though mildly infuriating) 18-year-old freshman roommates at Evermore College. The show will tackle the ups and downs of post-secondary school, including the many hormone-fueled adventures first-year students so often find themselves in.
What else can we expect from College Girls? Laughter is definite (college-related jokes are endless). We also predict a diverse cast, as Kaling has been known to speak out about diversity in Hollywood, and is all about opening doors for new talent. We’d love to see some out-of-the-box casting for this show, like hilarious actress and meme star Kayla Nicole Jones from Nicole TV.
Alongside College Girls, HBO Max has also announced new shows starring Ansel Elgort, Anna Kendrick, and Lupita Nyong’o, as well as comedies created by Issa Rae and Elizabeth Banks.
Rae will write and executive produce Rap Sh*t, a show which follows a female rap group trying to make it in the music industry, while Banks will executive produce DC Super Hero High, a comedy following a group of students at a boarding school for gifted kids.
“Elizabeth Banks, Issa Rae and Mindy Kaling are three of the most gifted women in our industry, and are now bringing their impressive, original projects to HBO Max,” said Sarah Aubrey, original content head at HBO Max, in a statement.
Impressive indeed. While we promised ourselves we’d never step foot back in school, Mindy Kaling has us ready to call ourselves college girls again.