With the move to Hulu, the cast of ‘The Mindy Project’ are ready for a new kind of freedom — and a lot of A-list guest stars. But could the show change its tone? The cast spoke out this weekend and shared the season four scoop.
Mindy Kaling took the stage at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, alongside her Mindy Project co-stars, Chris Messina (Danny Castellano), Ike Barinholtz (Morgan Tookers), Ed Weeks (Jeremy Reed), Xosha Roquemore (Tamra), Beth Grant (Beverly) as well as EP, Matt Warbuton. So, what do we now know about the now-Hulu show, The Mindy Project?
Right before the panel, we got our first look at season four, featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt! “These chips are terrible,” Mindy says to his character in the clip. He responds with, “That’s a bowl of seashells, babe.” As we told you before, he’ll actually be playing a show producer, who is Mindy’s husband — in the “Sliding Door” version of her life.
Mindy elaborated a bit on the premiere, where she explores what life would be if she didn’t end up with Danny, but with JGL’s character. In that episode, she also goes to see where Danny ended up, and it’s with her celebrity doppelgänger, Frieda Pinto. Garret Dillahunt and Fortune Feimster will also join the show this season.
As for the show heading to Hulu, the cast admits that it’s quite the transition, including from a four-act show to a three, but it will still the same story and tone.
‘Mindy’ Team Excited For More Freedom
“There is a little more freedom,” Ike explained about the move from Fox to Hulu. For example, when they had written a line in the script saying, “Jesus, you’re strong,” they were told they couldn’t say “Jesus…” or even “Jeez.” Ike also commented on the world of streaming we now live in. “If Tina had soldthis year, I don’t think it would be on a network. I think it would be on streaming,” he said.
Mindy also said that the Fox-friendly version — without just saying things, but insinuating instead — was “harder to write” and a challenge that she actually enjoyed more.
The Mindy Project will debut Tuesday, Sept. 15 on Hulu, and it’ll contain 26 episodes, airing weekly. So pretty much, just like when it was on Fox! Mindy said during the panel that she likes the weekly set up, rather than the all-at-once style. “Maybe it’s old fashioned but I like a Christmas episode airing in December,” she said adding the she is “so grateful” to Hulu, and is looking forward to making the show “better than it’s ever been.”
Are you excited, HollywoodLifers?
— Emily Longeretta