MINDY HAS MORE STORIES TO TELL
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.”
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