Cancelled by FOX over a week ago, “The Mindy Project” has been scooped up by Hulu for Season 4.
While initial reports had Universal TV and Hulu negotiating for a multi-season renewal, the actual deal announced on Friday (May 15) is somewhere in-between.
Hulu has ordered only fourth season for “The Mindy Project,” but it's a 26-episode fourth season, which will bring the FOX castoff to 93 episodes of total inventory, with Hulu already serving as exclusive streaming home to the Mindy Kaling sitcom since 2014.
Without offering statistics of any kind, Hulu says that “The Mindy Project” has “been a top show on Hulu and has consistently remained popular with Hulu subscribers.”
Hulu will have an option to order additional seasons after the fourth season premieres at a yet-to-be-announced date.
“Mindy has been a beloved member of the Hulu family, so this deal is a natural extension of our relationship,” blurbs Craig Erwich, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Hulu. “With so many of her fans already catching up and tuning in to the series on Hulu, we know her millions of fans will be eager to find out what Mindy has in store for the next chapter.”
Kaling echoes, “I am thrilled 'The Mindy Project' has found a new home on Hulu, where so many of our fans are already watching the show. It's such an exciting place to be.”
Hulu's upcoming slate of originals includes the Stephen King adaptation “11/22/63” starring James Franco, he Billy Eichner/Julie Klausner-centric “Difficult People,” “Casual” from Jason Reitman and “The Way” from Jason Katims.”
Want one last statement? It comes from Universal Television's Bela Bajaria. While FOX had less to gain from continuing to keep “The Mindy Project” on-air after three seasons in this era of increased importance for in-house studios, Universal had quite a bit to gain.
“We are proud of the fresh, hilarious, smart storytelling on 'The Mindy Project,'” Bajaria states. “Mindy, along with the writers and actors, surprise us every week. They have made us laugh (a lot), cry and think. We are excited about our partnership with Hulu and look forward to sharing our amazing comedy with the show”s many loyal fans for seasons to come.”
“The Mindy Project,” which drew 2 million viewers and a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 in its season finale in March is the first of this season's cancelled shows to find a new home, though in this glorious age of altruistic streaming services and opportunistic network acquisitions, we'll see if anything else gets a second life.
And fans can now be reassured that we'll get closure on Danny's arrival in India, as well as Mindy's pregnancy.
Are you excited for Hulu-Mindy?