‘Mindy Pro­ject’ star grate­ful it’s saved

The China Post - - ARTS - BY ALICIA RANCILIO

Mindy Kal­ing is bliss­fully un­aware of the num­bers Hulu may be hop­ing for when it comes to stream­ing new episodes of “The Mindy Pro­ject,” which de­buts its fourth sea­son on the U.S.-based ser­vice on Sept. 15.

“To be hon­est, af­ter be­ing on net­work TV for 11 years, I’m kind of happy about that. I’d rather just fo­cus on the cre­ative and I’m happy that they’re not try­ing to pull me into those con­ver­sa­tions,” Kal­ing, its cre­ator and star, told The As­so­ci­ated Press Sun­day.

Fox can­celed the se­ries in May but Hulu re­vived it days later, ask­ing for 26 episodes, which is the big­gest sea­son or­der of “The Mindy Pro­ject” to date.

“I’m so grate­ful and I just want to make the show bet­ter than it’s ever been,” said Kal­ing. “We went from ‘We’re never do­ing this show again’ to hav­ing more work than ever.”

The com­edy it­self won’t change too much in its leap to the web where a new episode will be posted each week.

“I think if we re­ally changed the show and made it more risqu?and put it more on a tilt to­wards stuff you might find on HBO or Show­time, we would maybe turn off some of our core view­ers,” said Ike Bar­in­holtz, who is a cast mem­ber, pro­ducer and writer on the se­ries.

The episodes won’t be un­der the same time con­straints that ex­ist in net­work tele­vi­sion, so they will fea­ture more of the sup­port- ing cast like Ed Weeks, Beth Grant and Xosha Ro­que­more. Kal­ing said she is happy to give them more screen time be­cause she was a sup­port­ing player on “The Of­fice” who ap­pre­ci­ated when she had more to do.

The 36-year-old en­ter­tainer also hasn’t ruled out pro­duc­ing TV for other peo­ple and said she would con­sider it if she found some­thing she was ex­cited by.

For now, her main pri­or­ity is to her show.

“Right now, I just want to make sure that I get (‘The Mindy Pro­ject’) right,” she said. “I see so many peo­ple that I ad­mire who do it and I’ve been ap­proached to do it be­fore. I don’t want the peo­ple who’ve spent years of their life on this show to feel I’ve checked out by do­ing some­thing else.”

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