‘The Mindy Project’ Canceled by FOX, Might Move to Hulu
It’s curtains for Mindy Kaling…well, on FOX, at least.
FOX has canceled The Mindy Project after three seasons, as the series never managed to improve on its low ratings enough to where FOX felt comfortable renewing it.
However, it might not be the end of the road for the series just yet.
Universal Television is reportedly in negotiations with Hulu to bring the show back for a fourth season. Neither Hulu nor Universal Television would comment on the rumor, but inside sources claim that if Hulu picks up the show, it’ll be for two more seasons.
The Hollywood Reporter has further details on the cancellation/possible renewal:
Mindy Project ended its third season with a cliffhanger in March, with Kaling telling THR that she refuses to “create under the assumption of failure” and had preliminary talks with Universal Television’s Bela Bajaria about where the series would go in a potential fourth season.
“I just think there are more stories,” Kaling told THR about jumping networks should Fox opt out. “I do think there’s more to tell, and I think fans would be disappointed not to see more adventures with these characters. But I came from a show [The Office] that I was on for eight seasons, and it continued for another year after that, so I am accustomed to long runs of television shows. I would be up for that challenge.”
In its three-season run, Mindy Project has always lived on the bubble. Originally greenlighted under former Fox president Kevin Reilly, Mindy factored into the executive’s niche comedy brand that, under new Fox bosses Dana Walden and Gary Newman have since abandoned in favor of a broad approach to comedy offerings.
Sources told THR that Kaling and Reilly had been in regular communication following Mindy’s season finale about potentially bringing the comedy to Reilly-controlled TBS, which itself is facing a comedy reinvention with a slate of all-new programming. Ultimately, it was Hulu who stepped up after multiple outlets including NBCUniversal-owned cabler Bravo — which has featured Mindy marathons — expressed interest.
This move could potentially help Hulu’s considerable original programming block, which now includes drama The Way and comedy Difficult People.
I’ve never been a hardcore fan of The Mindy Project, but I did enjoy it quite a bit as a late night binge-watching option. The show had sharp writing and an affable star in Kaling, but beyond that, it also had heart. Maybe it wasn’t the most riveting show on television, but I’d bet good money it’s far better than some of the other comedies FOX will add to its lineup next year. It’s rare enough for that network to find something that works, and while The Mindy Project was never a high-rated show, it did have its following. There might have been worth in renewing it for syndication reasons, although I suppose FOX really does need a series that has enough ratings to justify its presence, since they need to still sell to advertisers. Either way, I’m glad The Mindy Project is apparently getting a second shot.