The Mindy Project’s time on Fox has come to an end. The network has cancelled the Universal Television produced comedy created by and starring The Office’s Mindy Kaling after three seasons.
Created by Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project follows Dr Mindy Lahiri, a talented obstetrician with a hectic personal life, who struggles to find the right guy, the right outfit and the right attitude. Mindy shares a practice with two doctors, neither of whom makes life any easier for her. The comedy series is produced by Universal Television and stars Mindy Kaling, Ed Weeks, Chris Messina, Beth Grant, Ike Barinholtz and Adam Pally.
The series was picked up under Fox’s former Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly and was a key part of the network’s Tuesday comedy block alongside New Girl. Like the Zooey Deschanel fronted New Girl the series’ ratings have been soft in its most recent season but ultimately the fact Mindy is owned by NBCU rather than Fox is what killed the show.
As TVWise reported last week, Universal Television has been attempting to convince Fox brass to renew The Mindy Project to get the show to the numbers needed for broadcast syndication, but such a pick up looked unlikely as the studio was not prepared to lower the license fee to a point where Fox executives would consider another go around.
That being said, Fox’s decision to cancel the comedy may not spell the end for The Mindy Project. Hulu is understood to be in talks with Universal Television to pick up The Mindy Project for a further two seasons, bringing it past the 100 episodes needed for syndication. If the talks are successful, The Mundy Project will become the latest network series to be saved by a streaming service, following in the footsteps of Arrested Development on Netflix and Community on Yahoo.