We received new information about The Mindy Projects transition to Hulu at the Television Critics Association Press Tour over the weekend. Most notably, a release date for the fourth season was announced. Twenty-six episodes of The Mindy Project will arrive on Hulu beginning on September 15th.
The series will not, however, adopt Netflix’s binge-watching model. It will continue to air once a week on the streaming service, and according to the cast, there won’t be a significant difference between the series on Fox — where it was cancelled in May — and Hulu, aside from the “full penetrative sex to open and close the episode,” as Ike Barinholtz (Morgan) joked. Although the series will have more freedom to be explicit, the show is opting not to use it very much, so as not to alienate any of its core viewers, who they describe as “Young women that are going to rule the country one day … our demo is, like, Stephen Colbert’s daughter.”
The episodes will, however, be longer, and move to a three-act framework, which will also allow supporting characters like Beth and Tamara some more screentime than in previous seasons.
We also know that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be in the season premiere. He will play a reality producer for the Real Housewives who will be Mindy’s boyfriend in a Sliding Doors-like alternate reality in which Mindy doesn’t end up with Danny.
Mindy will also have a baby this season. The fantastic Garrett Dillahunt will fill in for Mindy at the office while she’s on maternity leave, but don’t expect motherhood to severely alter Mindy’s character. As Kaling noted at the TCA, “She’s at square one as soon as the baby pops out. We say that the character can only change five percent of the time, so Mindy’s behavior is now ‘my kid should be a model or child actor.’”
That sounds like typical Mindy.
The season will also see the introduction of Mindy’s parents, played by Sakina Jaffrey and Ajay Mehta. Frieda Pinto and Fortune Feimster will also recur, the latter as the sister of Dillahunt’s character, who will be playing a nurse in their practice.