"Pineapple Express" star Seth Rogen will play Sam, an early love interest of Mindy Kaling's character, in guest spot on "The Mindy Project"
Seth Rogen is taking a slight diversion from "The Guilt Trip" in order to make some romance with Mindy Kaling.
"Knocked Up" and "Pineapple Express" star Rogen, who's currently starring with Barbara Streisand in the road comedy "The Guilt Trip," will drop in on Kaling's Fox comedy "The Mindy Project" for a Feb. 19 guest spot, the network said Tuesday.
In the episode, Rogen will play Sam, who gave Kaling's character her first kiss at a summer camp for Jewish kids. The two reunite and reminisce about the experience before deciding to rekindle their romance. (We're going to go out on a limb and assume that they're unable to recapture the magic for one reason or another.)
Though Rogen has primarily been focused on film work since his days in "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared," he did guest on the HBO baseball comedy "Eastbound & Down" last year, playing a pitcher.
Kaling appeared alongside Rogen in the 2005 big-screen comedy "The 40 Year Old Virgin."
Casting Rogen, known for such male-centric fare as "Pineapple Express" and "The Green Hornet," could be part of the network's effort to draw more of a male audience to the show. During the Television Critics Association winter tour on Tuesday, Fox chairman of entertainment Kevin Reilly expressed his frustration in drawing viewers to the network's Tuesday night comedy block, which includes "The Mindy Project," noting that he hopes more men can be drawn to the shows in the future.