Cult sitcom is moving to online streaming service Hulu for its next seaon
Season Four of The Mindy Project will push the envelope, its creator and star Mindy Kaling has revealed.
After being cancelled by Fox last month (May), The Mindy Project was swiftly revived by Hulu. The online streaming service, which already owns the streaming rights to the show’s existing episodes, has ordered a 26-episode fourth season of the cult sitcom starring the former The Office actress.
Asked whether the move online could make the show more risqué, Kaling replied: “Can we just be all sex and drugs? Matt [Warburton, executive producer] and I are both smart writers but also repressed people. We decided we want people who tuned into the show [on TV] to tune in [on Hulu] for two reasons: because we’re doing things we couldn’t do on network TV, but also not giving up what people love… And so much of romance comes from restraint, and the things you don’t see… I always have to remind myself that a little goes a long way.”
“I think we are gonna push the envelope in ways we haven’t been able to, which is great,” Kaling added, speaking at a Los Angeles promotional event for her forthcoming book, Why Not Me?, attended by The Hollywood Reporter. Kaling also revealed that writing sessions for Season Three will start today (June 1) and promised that a new “female friend” character will be introduced during the next run of episodes.
The Mindy Project launched on Fox in 2012 and recently completed its third season on the network but was not renewed for a fourth. Though the show, which co-stars Chris Messina and British actor Ed Weeks, is popular with TV critics and has built a loyal following, it has consistently struggled in the ratings.
The Mindy Project centres on Kaling’s character, obstetrician/gynaecologist Mindy Lahiri, as she tries to balance her professional life co-managing a small medical practice in New York City with an often chaotic personal life. The show has attracted a host of notable guest stars over its three-season run including James Franco, Seth Rogen, Tyler The Creator, Moby and Laura Dern.