MINDY HAS MORE STO­RIES TO TELL

Herald Sun - Switched On - - COVER STORY - BY COLIN VICKERY NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

The fu­ture of The Mindy Project looked grim back in early May 2015. US net­work Fox can­celled the ro­man­tic com­edy star­ring Mindy Kal­ing af­ter three sea­sons.

But the sit­com was the crit­ics’ dar­ling and Kal­ing, who plays gy­nae­col­o­gist Mindy Lahiri, an idol for young women around the world.

Kal­ing made her break­through ap­pear­ance on the Amer­i­can ver­sion of The Of­fice as Kelly Kapoor. The Mindy Project is her baby. She is the show’s cre­ator, pro­ducer, writer and star.

But all of that didn’t mat­ter as Fox only looked at the dwin­dling rat­ings. Sea­son one av­er­aged 3.71 mil­lion view­ers. Sea­son two dropped to 3.4 mil­lion and sea­son three 2.95 mil­lion.

Kal­ing didn’t suf­fer for too long. A week af­ter Fox can­celled The Mindy Project, Hulu picked up the show and com­mis­sioned a 26-episode fourth sea­son.

“What is great about sea­son four is that we are re­ally in our groove,” Kal­ing says. “We are left alone cre­atively so my job is a lot eas­ier.”

The big change in sea­son four is that Mindy’s re­la­tion­ship with Danny Castel­lano (Chris Messina) has ended. They have a baby, Leo. The change, forced on Kal­ing when Messina got a star­ring role in new Ben Af­fleck crime movie Live By Night, was a bless­ing in dis­guise.

“Do­ing 26 episodes seemed so daunt­ing at the be­gin­ning but they (char­ac­ters) seem to have so many ad­ven­tures.

“I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate and like (Mindy) be­ing able to change (be­cause of the split with Danny). The char­ac­ter and I are both in our thir­ties and this is the time when the most change is hap­pen­ing to my friends.

“I’ll see them and they’re sin­gle and then six months later they’re en­gaged and an­other six months later they’re go­ing to have a baby. Right now I feel there are a lot of sto­ries still to tell.”

THE MINDY PROJECT, SBS 2, MON­DAY, 8.05PM

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