The Mindy Project has lost its UK broadcaster.
E4, who originally acquired the Fox turned Hulu comedy in 2012 in a multi-season deal with international distributor NBCUniversal International Distribution, has opted not to pick up the any further seasons of the Mindy Kaling fronted series, TVWise has confirmed. The channel aired the first three seasons between 2013 and 2015.
Notably, the fourth season of The Mindy Project was the first to be produced exclusively for US streaming service Hulu, rather than Fox. That said, there is no truth to the rumours that the change of network in the US was a key factor in E4’s decision no to renew their deal. Sources tell TVWise that the decision was in fact motivated by the show’s less than stellar ratings performance.
This is the second major U.S. licensing deal that that E4 parent Channel 4 has opted no to renew in the past few months. It follows in the footsteps of Showtime period drama Masters Of Sex, which was dropped by the FTA broadcaster a couple of months ago and, unlike the vast majority of Showtime originals, is not covered by the Sky output deal.
Alongside Sky, Channel 5 UKTV and a handful of others, Channel 4 nevertheless remains a major buyer of first run scripted series from the Hollywood Studios. Channel 4 is the UK home, across their portfolio of channels, to such drama and comedy entries as The Big Bang Theory, Homeland, Supernatural, The 100, New Girl and Angie Tribeca. They are also expected to acquire at least two new shows out of the recent LA Screenings.